Considering replacing your old and inefficient air conditioning system? Autumn Mechanical offers air conditioning financing deals in Houston and nearby areas when you purchase a new unit. Don’t miss the chance to benefit from our limited-time offer of 0% APR on qualifying residential replacement systems. Take advantage of our special financing today and enjoy affordable monthly payments.
Deciding whether to repair or replace your AC unit can be challenging. Consider a few key factors. Start with the age of your unit. Most air conditioners last 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance. If your unit is over 10 years old, the warranty has expired, you encounter frequent problems, or repair costs are high, it’s wise to invest in a new unit. However, if your AC is younger, well-maintained, and hasn’t had major issues, repairing it may be a better option.
The cost of repairs is another important factor. For newer units, unless repairs exceed thousands of dollars, it’s usually more financially sensible to stick with repairs. Professionals often use the “5,000 rule” as a guideline: multiply the unit’s age by the repair cost, and if the result is over $5,000, replacement might be a better choice. Otherwise, opt for repairs for your heating and cooling system.
Installing a New Air Conditioning Unit Can Save You Money
Upgrading to a new air conditioner offers multiple benefits. Not only will you regain control over your home’s climate, but you can also save money on with their energy efficiency. Outdated and inefficient ACs consume more electricity, leading to higher bills and less comfort. If you’re tired of constantly adjusting the temperature without achieving the desired cooling, a new air conditioner can make a significant difference.
What is ENERGY STAR?
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a product has to meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the EPA or the U.S. Department of Energy. There’s no single metric for energy efficiency. Metrics depend on the kind of product being tested. While the term ‘energy-efficient’ can sound vague, the EPA has defined it simply as “using less energy to get the same job done” compared to traditional counterparts.
To further define “energy efficient”, the EPA has set forth the following criteria for any items eligible for an ENERGY STAR rating:
- Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.
- Certified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
- If the certified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings within a reasonable period of time.
- Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.
- Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
- Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible to purchasers.
ENERGY STAR Ratings in the Home
New, energy-efficient appliances can help you save money on energy bills over the next ten to twenty years. Saving even a little on your monthly energy bill can result in substantial savings considering how long appliances last. Refrigerators last an average of twelve years, washing machines about eleven years, and heating and cooling systems around fifteen to twenty years.
ENERGY STAR and other energy-efficient appliances save money over time. However, the upfront cost of these appliances is higher than other choices, and many homeowners choose a less expensive appliance only to find it ends up costing them more in the long run. In an effort to help smart homeowners afford energy-efficient appliances, the federal government has announced the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which gives homeowners tax credits and rebates for purchasing a more energy-efficient option.
When shopping for new appliances, look for the blue ENERGY STAR logo qualified on a product. It means that the product meets specific standards for energy efficiency that often exceed the federal minimum standards. You should also check out the yellow EnergyGuide label on appliances. This sticker gives you detailed information about the annual energy consumption and operating cost, so you can make the smartest decision for your home.
At Autumn Mechanical, we understand that covering the upfront costs may be challenging. That’s why we offer financing options to help you obtain a new air conditioner for your home or business. Take advantage of our special HVAC financing options, available with approved credit through Wells Fargo. With affordable payment plans on HVAC units, you can enjoy the benefits of a new AC system without breaking the bank.
HVAC Contractors for Home Improvements in Houston
Autumn Mechanical, formerly Autumn Air, is a trusted provider of mechanical contracting and service. With over 30 years of experience, our professional technicians deliver HVAC, plumbing, and refrigeration services in Houston, Dallas, and surrounding areas. Whether you need residential or commercial AC and heating services, repairs, installations, maintenance, or heat pump equipment repairs, our team is ready to assist you.
When you choose Autumn Mechanical, you’re opting for high-quality air conditioning and heating services at an affordable price. We specialize in servicing and replacing both commercial and residential HVAC systems, ensuring optimal climate control for your home or business. Contact us today to discover how we can cater to your specific needs.