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air conditionerLiving with warm weather is a lot easier when you have an A/C you can count on, and for this reason, it’s important to be aware of your air conditioner’s life span. Here are three factors that you should be aware of so that you can gauge if the system has reached the end of its run:

3 Factors to Consider About Air Conditioner Life Span

  • Age of the system – Air conditioners are pretty tough and built to last for several years, especially if you have a professional tune-up every year. If the unit is more than a decade old, however, it’s probably time to consider a replacement. Newer units are more energy efficient than ever before. Look for the Energy Star label and you can’t go wrong.
  • High energy bills – It’s no secret that the cost of energy is going up on a regular basis, so when you look at your energy bill, you may just shake your head, curse the heavens, and swear to lower your energy usage. But while there are many ways to cut usage, there’s a good chance that your air conditioner is partially to blame. As indicated above, older A/Cs simply aren’t as energy efficient as newer systems. For example, if you replace an air conditioner that has a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 8 with a model that’s rated as 15 SEER, you can save nearly 50 percent on your energy bills.
  • High humidity – If your home is suffering from a high level of humidity, this may mean that your A/C system isn’t operating properly or isn’t the right size for your home, which is actually a common problem for homeowners. Regardless, it’s a good idea to hire a professional HVAC technician to assess the issue and provide you with suggested options.

For more expert advice on your air conditioner’s life span, or if you have any other home comfort concerns, please contact the friendly professionals at Climate Master Mechanical Contractors, Inc. We’ve been serving Chicagoland and the surrounding suburbs, including Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane and Lake counties for more than 23 years.

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