Consider these factors to determine your repair or replacement needs:
Age: Air conditioners more than 10 years old and furnaces 12-15 years old are typically ready for retirement.
Investment cost: Comparing the repair costs of your existing system versus the purchase price of a newer system with the help of a Libby Twins professional can help you calculate the financial benefits of replacement.
Energy costs: Today’s minimum SEER rating, 14 SEER, offers a system that is 30 percent more efficient than systems just 10 years old. Boost the SEER rating and the energy savings is even greater. When you add up energy savings along with monthly repair costs, an upgrade may be your most cost-effective option.
Benefits of an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner
Energy savings: Your air conditioner likely accounts for more than half of your energy bills in the summer. By upgrading to an energy efficient air conditioner, you can cut your monthly cooling bills by up to one-third.
Improved home comfort: The same technology that lowers your cooling bills also helps you stay more comfortable. For example, a variable-speed blower motor saves energy by running on low most of the time, which also decreases temperature fluctuations. Also, scroll compressors that utilize refrigerant more efficiently also cool the room off faster for superior comfort on the hottest days.
Environmentally friendly: Lower energy consumption is good news for your wallet, but it also helps the environment by reducing emissions. Choosing an energy-efficient air conditioner is one step you can take to lower your home’s carbon footprint.
New air conditioners are required to have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of 14 or higher. Your outdated system could be significantly less efficient than this, meaning great savings await you once you replace it. New models also have R-410A refrigerant, a more environmentally friendly alternative to R-22 refrigerant, better known as Freon.
If you’re ready to update your system, Libby Twins is here to help. To learn more about making an efficient air conditioning replacement, please contact the professionals at Libby Twins Heating and Air Conditioning today. We’re happy to answer all your questions.
Older or improperly sized HVAC systems that cannot provide adequate ventilation, temperature, and humidity control could be affecting the indoor air quality in your home and the health of you and your family. Trust in the experts at Libby Twins to help you determine if your system is affecting the air quality in your home, and to provide you with a list of solutions for restoring your home to the comfortable, safe haven you depend on.
What is indoor air quality?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures as it relates to the health and comfort of its occupants. Indoor air quality is affected by temperature, humidity, ventilation, and chemical or biological contaminants found within the air inside a building.
Pollutants building up in your home can result not only in unpleasant odors, but also serious health issues such as:
• Sore eyes
• Burning nose
• Worsening of allergies
• Respiratory issues
• Flu-like symptoms
• Heart disease
• Other serious, long-term conditions
• Death (carbon monoxide and other pollutants in high concentrations)
What can cause poor indoor air quality?
• Indoor pets
• Dust mites
• Inadequate whole-house ventilation
• Improperly vented combustion appliances and fireplaces (carbon monoxide)
• Mold and mildew resulting from moisture damage and high humidity
• VOCs from chemical cleaning products and pesticides
• Building materials containing asbestos, formaldehyde, and lead
• High temperature and humidity can also increase the levels of some pollutants
Air duct cleaning. Your home may look pristine throughout, however pollutants like mold, bacteria, and dust could be hidden within your air ducts, effecting your air quality. The professional technicians at Libby Twins can inspect your ductwork, cleaning and repairing it as necessary to prevent the contamination of your home.
Air filters. Changing air filters regularly – at least every two to three months or once a year for box-type filters – improves air quality inside your home, cuts down on energy use, as well as prevents damage and prolongs the life of your heating and cooling system by reducing resistance. Higher efficiency filters can even reduce irritants such as mold spores, pollen, and bacteria. Check with a professional before installing specialty filters, however, as certain filters may be incompatible, causing damage to your system.
Air purifiers/Electronic air cleaners. Air cleaners improve air quality by removing harmful pollutants from the air such as smoke, mold, viruses, and allergens. Whole-house air purifiers are more effective than portable varieties. Whole-house purifiers can be added to your HVAC system and can trap and filter pollutants such as dust, smoke, mold, pet dander, and more. They often include features such as HEPA technology (for improved filtration of the smallest particles), carbon filtration (for gaseous pollutants), and UV light (for disinfection), making them more effective.
Dehumidifiers. High temperature and humidity can increase the levels of indoor pollutants. Controlling mold with a whole-house dehumidifier can help reduce allergy causing mold and mildew. Used in conjunction with your central heating and air, whole-house dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air in your home, improving indoor air quality.
Mechanical ventilation. Air inside your home is two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Bringing fresh air into your home with the help of mechanical ventilation such as window fans, attic fans, and energy efficient heat recovery, whole-house ventilators will not only boost indoor air quality, but also help keep your home more comfortable.
General vacuuming and cleaning. Daily vacuuming and dusting can control larger particles, however the smallest particles – the cause of the most irritation – can only be removed with filtering devices.
Improve your indoor air quality and breathe easier. Contact Libby Twins today at 407-299-3588. Our professional technicians can help you find the perfect solution for your home’s indoor air quality issues.