Thinking About High-Efficiency A/C? Lifetime Costs Will Convince You of Its Value

Before you get turned off by the price of a new high-efficiency A/C, take a moment to see the big picture. The upfront cost is just part of that picture. Once you’ve done a lifetime-cost analysis, the long-term savings of your A/C replacement will be made clear, and you may just like what you see.

Looking at lifetime costs

To analyze the lifetime costs of your new high-efficiency A/C, add up the initial installation costs (less any rebates and tax credits), plus the estimated lifetime costs of energy consumption and maintenance. Consider the following factors:

  • Repairs, maintenance and life expectancy: High-efficiency A/C systems are engineered to perform at more moderate and comfortable speeds. Components like two-stage compressors and variable-speed air handlers produce smooth air conditioning with greater moisture removal for those humid summer days. These advanced features operate well below full capacity most of the time. This minimizes system wear, which increases lifespan and reduces repairs.
  • Lower energy bills: The energy savings that high-efficiency systems deliver are dramatic, compared with mid-efficiency and very old A/C systems with seasonal energy efficiency ratios of 10 or lower. New high-efficiency systems can have SEER ratings in the 20s. Check the EnergyGuide label on the systems you’re considering.
  • Tax credits: The 25C tax credit for high-efficiency air conditioners has been restored. Invest in a high-efficiency air conditioner before the end of 2013, and you could qualify for a $300 tax credit.

There are many opportunities to save money in the short and the long term. Work closely with your cooling professional to explore your options and compare lifetime costs of different models that meet your efficiency, home comfort and budget needs. Also, ask about ways you can prep your home for greater savings and comfort.

For more information about the lifetime cost of replacement air conditioners, the restored 25C tax credits or ways you can make your home more energy-efficient, get in touch with Beyer Boys. We’ll be happy to help. We’ve been serving homeowners and businesses in San Antonio and elsewhere in south Texas since 1990.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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