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Air Conditioning FAQs

Why Is Annual Air Conditioning Maintenance Important?

Having annual air conditioning maintenance performed on your system is extremely important for a number of reasons. First of all, it can help to ensure that your air conditioning system doesn’t lose efficiency as time goes by. A system that isn’t properly maintained can lose as much as 5% of its efficiency annually. But with a proper tune up, your air conditioning system may not even lose that much over the course of 10 years, saving you a good chunk of money along the way.

Also, during their annual visits, professional air conditioning technicians will be able to spot any problem areas or parts that seem to be wearing out too quickly. Attending to these types of issues before they actually manifest themselves in the form of performance problems can save you both time and money.

These minor repairs are much less costly than the larger ones that might be needed if the problem was allowed to persist. Also, because your annual maintenance is scheduled to fit nicely into your schedule, you won’t have to take off extra time from work or interrupt your busy schedule like you might if your air conditioning system needed emergency repairs unexpectedly.

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How Long Will My New Air Conditioning System Last?

In general, you can expect your new air conditioning system to last between 10 and 15 years. With proper maintenance, they can sometimes last even longer.

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How Do I Know if I Should Replace My Air Conditioning System?

There are several instances in which you may want to consider replacing your air conditioning system. For instance, if you’ve been calling for a lot of repairs recently, then there’s a good chance your system is on its last legs.

And even if it isn’t and the repairs are relatively minor, you could still probably save money by investing in a new system now rather than paying for repeated repairs. Plus, your new system will likely be so much more energy efficient than your old one, so you’ll save money there too.

However, you may also want to look into replacing your air conditioning system even if you haven’t been having problems with it. Particularly if your system is 10 years old or more, you can replace it with a newer air conditioning system that is so much more efficient and it will quickly pay for itself in terms of monthly energy savings.

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How Do I Know Which Air Conditioner Is the Right Size For My House?

Sizing an air conditioning system for your home can become a pretty complicated process. You need to know what type of space the air conditioner can cool as well as how many vents there will likely be and how the dimensions of the house will affect the overall cooling power of the system. Expert technicians use industry-recognized formulas to calculate exactly what type and size of air conditioning system you need.

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