If your AC unit is more than 10 years old, you may be reaching the point of replacing your HVAC system. Today’s HVAC systems are much more energy efficient and have dozens of options, including geothermal and hybrid systems to choose from. To ensure a great fit for your home and budget, be sure to explore your options.
HVAC System Options
Many people believe heat pumps simply provide heat. That’s just not the case. Heat pumps are also highly efficient cooling machines.
If you’re interested in a heat pump to replace your current AC unit, there are two main options:
–Geothermal – This type of heat pump draws cooling power from the ground and pulls heat out of your home during AC season. It runs in reverse in colder weather.
–Air source – This more common type of heat pump pulls heat out of an indoor environment and releases it outdoors to cool.
While many Florida residents choose heat pumps to serve their indoor comfort needs year round, some do prefer freestanding air conditioners. Today’s modern units provide you with energy efficient, whole-house cooling that is far superior to products offered only a decade ago.
To make sure you’re picking a unit that won’t overtax your utility bill, be sure to inquire about efficiency. The energy efficiency of air conditioning systems is measured with a SEER rating. The higher the SEER, the more energy efficient the unit. Newer AC units are rated with higher SEERs overall, providing significant energy savings over older units. By investing a little more at the time of replacement, you can obtain a system with a high SEER rating that will save you money every day you use the system. If your AC unit is 10 years old or older, consider replacing the unit with an energy efficient system.