If you’ve recently purchased and moved into a new home, there are many things to learn about your new residence. It may take time to get used to which switches operate which lights, and you may need to refer to the owner manuals to get up to speed with your appliances. With warmer weather heading our way, you’ll also want to have a thorough understanding of your new (to you) air conditioning unit. Here are 3 things new homeowners should know about their A/C unit:
1. How frequently has the system been maintained, and when did a technician last visit? If you want to maximize the longevity of your A/C system, regularly scheduled visits from an HVAC professional are extremely important to make sure the unit is running correctly and efficiently. Find out how the A/C system has been taken care of over the years, and ensure that going forward it receives proper maintenance.
2. Note the A/C’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating, which measures the unit’s efficiency. A more efficient A/C unit will be less expensive to operate. Units in newer homes in Illinois require a minimum SEER rating of 14. If your new home’s A/C has a rating of less than 14, you may want to consider replacing the unit for a more energy efficient model.
3. Determine the age of your new home’s A/C unit. Older systems may use a refrigerant called R-22, which has been banned by the EPA. If your unit uses this outdated and soon-to-be-illegal refrigerant, you can still use it but may not be able to replenish it when needed. You’ll have to replace the A/C unit or retrofit your HVAC system to utilize a safer refrigerant.
To learn more about your home’s A/C, how it is functioning, and whether it needs to be replaced, call Golden Seal Service Experts for a complimentary consultation.
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174