Are you in the market for a new conditioner? You may have heard about modern units that come with a high seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER). These units are a little costlier than traditional AC systems. Thus, if you're trying to save money on your next unit, you may be skeptical about investing in them. Are they worth the hype? Does the promise of better energy efficiency justify the extra cost? Here are some reasons you should replace your old AC with a high-efficiency unit.

Cost Savings With Tax Credits and Rebates

To encourage environmental sustainability through the purchase of energy-efficient systems, the government offers tax credits and rebates to individuals who invest in these units. Tax credits allow you to deduct a percentage of the AC's total cost from your taxes. Rebates are cash refunds made after purchasing a unit.

Rebates and tax credits can significantly lower the cost of a new air conditioner. All you need to do is choose a unit that qualifies for the incentive, make a purchase, and fill out and submit the necessary forms. You can check out the DSIRE site for detailed information on rebates and tax credits in your area.

Better Energy Savings

The SEER determines the efficiency of an air conditioner. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit is, and the more money you can save on cooling. Residential ACs have SEER ratings of between 14 and 25. A high SEER can save you hundreds of dollars every year on cooling. But how does the unit consume less energy to cool a home? 

Traditional systems have a single-speed compressor that runs at full speed when the unit is on. Thus, even when the demand for cool air is low, the AC operates at the highest speed and consumes a lot of energy. High-efficiency air conditioners come with variable-speed compressors that adjust the cooling capacity depending on current demand. They run at low or average speed during long cooling cycles, thereby saving a lot of energy.

Improved AC Function

There's more to an air conditioner than cooling your home, and modern units have it all. High-efficiency units come with advanced features and components that improve usability and increase indoor comfort. One important feature is the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter that can filter over 99% of the contaminants in the air. 

High-efficiency units come with smart thermostats that allow remote programming and zoning. They automatically adjust humidity levels to promote indoor comfort during the summer. Smart thermostats generate energy reports, allowing you to monitor your energy usage. They also monitor your AC equipment and troubleshoot issues for prompt repairs.  

Are you ready to ditch your old AC for a high-efficiency one? Contact an HVAC contractor for AC replacement services.