Depending on your needs and budget, some of these new-fangled innovations might be right up your alley.

 Is Your Air Conditioner Still Running on Freon?

Speaking of the environment, on January 1, 2020, the refrigerant is known as R22, HCFC-22, or Freon was officially discontinued. This means that both production and import of R-22 is prohibited in the US, making R22 increasingly rarer and more expensive to obtain. The problem is, that many old air conditioners still use this obsolete refrigerant. Should your old R22 system develop a refrigerant leak, the only way to recharge it is with recycled R22.

The current standard refrigerant, called R410A or Puron, is more eco-friendly than the ozone-depleting R22. If your system was installed after 2010, chances are you have an R410A system. But if your system is older, it might still be using R22.

 Is Your Current System Matched?

When you (or a previous homeowner) had your current AC installed, did you replace either the outdoor or indoor unit separately? This plan may seem logical on the surface especially when one part of the split system is still functional. It probably even saved some money initially. But replacing only the condenser or only the air handler can result in an equipment mismatch. Like an odd couple, these two units were not made to work together and are sure to cause trouble down the road. In short, a mismatched system can result in reduced operating efficiency and shortened lifespan. It will even void the warranty on the new component.

If your current air conditioner is mismatched, we recommend replacing it with a matched system.

 Is Your Current System Meeting Your Home Comfort Needs?

Prior to the incident that lead you to call for AC repair, were you satisfied with your air conditioner’s performance? If your system has been…

  • struggling to keep up with the cooling (or heating) demand,
  •  not heating and cooling evenly,
  • not dehumidifying correctly,
  • or if your cooling costs are too high,

…it’s time to consider replacing your unit. Your system might be over-or under-sized or mismatched (see above). Or, you might be a candidate for newer home comfort innovations like a zoning system or variable speed technology.

 Could You Benefit from New Technology?

As we alluded to above, air conditioning technology has advanced in recent years. And depending on your needs and budget, some of these new-fangled innovations might be right up your alley.

For example, two-stage and variable speed technology allow precise temperature and humidity control. Communicating systems continuously monitor your air conditioner’s performance. They can remind you when it’s time to change your air filter or clean the condenser. The system can even notify your Green Apple HVAC technician if the unit needs service. Also, smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature in your home from your smartphone. Some can even adjust the temperature automatically when you leave and when you return home. Many smart thermostats interact with other home automation devices like Amazon Alexa.

Light sleeper? Recent design innovations have resulted in quieter system operation, so the air conditioner is less likely to wake you during the night as it cycles on and off.

Some of these innovations come with a higher price tag than a traditional single-stage system without bells and whistles. But you can offset that initial cost with the energy cost savings and often, better warranties and rebate incentives that come along with a higher-efficiency system. This brings us to our next question…

Many of our customers have found that a new air conditioner can pay for itself over time thanks to a combination of rebates, warranties, and energy savings.

 Are There Rebates or Other Incentives Available?

HVAC manufacturers, power companies, and even local governments occasionally offer rebates or other incentives for the purchase of higher-efficiency air conditioning equipment. Be sure to ask your Green Apple technician to make you aware of any programs being offered right now these may vary from region to region and from company to company. But they can save you anywhere from hundreds to over a thousand dollars on your new air conditioner purchase.

Many of our customers have found that a new air conditioner can pay for itself over time thanks to a combination of rebates, warranties, and energy savings.

 How Long Do You Plan to Live in Your Home?

Lastly, are you planning on moving soon? If so, you won’t be around to enjoy the long-term benefits of a new air conditioner. In such a case, as long as the repair is not too extensive and your unit has been reliable overall, you might want to keep your current system running.

However, if you are planning on selling your home, a new air conditioner could increase your home’s marketability.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call today toll-free at 888-611-7191.

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