It won’t be long before homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area will be turning on the A/C. Summer will be here before you know it! It you have been considering a new air conditioner, you may have tossed the idea back and forth because of the cost – and it IS a big investment. However, considering the technological advances made over the years, there are lots of benefits that make investing in a new air conditioning system smart. Here are a few.
Variable speed technology
Many new HVAC systems offer variable-speed air handlers, which means reduced operating costs and improved comfort in your home. Basically, a variable-speed air handler adjusts the speed at which the fan runs based on the cooling needs of your home. Additionally, more humidity is removed from the air when the air handler runs at a slower speed, which means your home feels even more comfortable.
Any air conditioning system you purchase for your Bay Area home today is required to have a SEER rating of at least 13. Many older systems have a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of 10 or even lower. For every additional point you add for the SEER rating, you can expect to save about 10% on energy consumption. Essentially, this means that if your current A/C has a SEER rating of 10 and the new system you purchase has a rating of 13, you could shave 30% off of the amount of energy your system consumes! Imagine the savings if you purchase an HVAC system with a SEER rating of 20 – the savings on your monthly energy bill could literally pay for a new system over time!
New air conditioning systems use R-410A refrigerant as the supply of R-22 is diminishing due to its harmful effects on the earth’s ozone layer. If your current system uses R-22 and you keep it for the next several years, you will pay more for it because of supply and demand. Switch to a new air conditioning system, and enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re helping the environment.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been providing residents in Burlingame, Hayward, Contra Costa, and the entire San Francisco Bay Area with home comfort solutions for nearly 15 years. If you’re considering a new cooling system, give us, your local Burlingame HVAC company, a call today for the best in products, service, and price.