The Questions Many People Have About Their Air Conditioning

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In Hawaii, one unique twist on the traditional air conditioning system has many residents feeling cooler. The air conditioning system used by the National Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority uses seawater as a chilling and cooling component for air conditioning. Although AC replacement costs for seawater cooling can be expensive, building owners typically see a return on investment within five to seven years. Overall, the system can help save up to 80% on electrical bills. This system is now being used by several cities, including Toronto and Stockholm.

HVAC owners often have questions about their heating and cooling units. Here are a few common inquiries, as well as some basic but informative answers.

How Long Will a HVAC Unit Last?

On average, a HVAC unit will last for between 15 and 20 years. If you are buying a home and the unit has not recently been replaced, you might want to assume you’ll need to invest in an AC unit installation within the next few years.

How Much Does an AC Replacement Cost?

The cost of buying a unit and installing it can range from $3,000 to $7,000. The units alone vary in cost depending on the model — cheaper units can cost as little as $1,500, while more upscale models are in the $3,000 range. There’s no “right” answer to which home AC replacement model is right for you — it really depends on the size of your home, expected output, and what sort of energy saving capabilities you’re looking for.

How Can I Reduce My Air Conditioning Costs in the Summer?

There are a lot of ways you can push down the price tag on your summer cooling bills (or winter heating bills, for that matter). According to CNN, one way to keep your bills lower is insulating your attic — this is often how hot air seeps into your home. With energy-efficient fiberglass you can reduce yearly energy bills by as much as 20% every year. Installing light-blocking films on your window can also be a good way to reduce the green-box effect of glass.

What Can I Do for AC Maintenance?

Did you know that you could be losing up to 40% in energy costs through leaky ducts? If you apply mastic tape to all the seams within reach, you can help to keep in some of this lost air. CNN recommends that residential AC units should be inspected and serviced once a year by a professional. They say fall is the ideal time to call — Spring is peak season and a visit will likely cost you 10% more during that time.

What are your thoughts on AC replacement costs? Do you have tips for saving money on residential AC repair? Let us know in the comments. References: clearwaterac.com

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