Are Modern Air Conditioners More Energy Efficient?

Boy cooling off with fan

Old faithful has been working to cool your Huntsville, TX, home for years, but lately, it isn’t doing the job well. Should you just repair it, or is it time to look for a new air conditioner? Are modern air conditioners more energy efficient? Here are 3 things you need to know about air conditioners.

1. Losing Efficiency

That new air conditioner unit you had installed 15 years ago was state-of-the-art. Over time, however, it has begun to lose its efficiency. Some of the older parts may have begun to rust. Rodents or insects can also move into your unit, decreasing its efficiency. Leaks can develop around seals, or small holes may open, causing air loss. The fan may also be slowing down. Any of these problems will require your air conditioner to work harder. Increased workload causes increased problems, which in turn causes a decrease in inefficiency.

2. Modern Efficiency

Air conditioner units are given a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit. An older unit may only have a rating of 8-10, whereas new units range from 13-25. An energy star rating is granted at 14.5 or above. A unit with a SEER rating of 13 is still going to show vast improvement in efficiency over an older unit.

3. Efficiency Equals Savings

Higher efficiency equals less air loss, greater cooling, and higher savings. Updating your air conditioner unit from a 9 to a 13 could save you between 20% and 30% on monthly cooling costs. A higher rating could save even more. These savings add up quickly, paying for the new unit over time.

Worth the Cost

Modern units are more energy-efficient and can save you money. Having a new unit will also add to the comfort of your house. When you’re ready to replace that old system, or for any questions you may have on heating and air conditioning, contact Beckham & Jones. We offer heating and cooling installation, repair, and maintenance, commercial services, and indoor air quality solutions.