Then Vs Now: Air Conditioners

Then Vs Now: Air Conditioners

Wine gets better with age. Same thing goes with your air conditioning units. Over the years, the air conditioning industry has taken exceptional technological advancements. Hence, the unit you bought 5 or 10 years ago might have improved greatly in terms of costs, efficiency, energy consumption and more.

Those who have purchased old models of air conditioner might be surprised with today’s technological advances of the system. So, how exactly does an old A/C unit differ from a new one? Would it be worth the money if you invest in a system upgrade?

Read below and learn the differences of air conditioners then and now.

Refrigerant Type

Older units use R-22 refrigerant which is already a low quality type these days. Modern A/C units use the standard R-410A refrigerant that is more energy saving and durable. Both types can be used by your unit but older refrigerants might not keep up with your system’s load requirements over time.

Energy Consumption

Everyone wants a cooling unit that is energy efficient. It is actually one of the factors considered by most homeowners during purchase. Ten or 20 years ago, the general standard for SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is as low as 9. Now, the standard SEER ranges from 13 above. When looking for a new A/C unit, the higher the SEER rating, the higher the savings on energy costs.

Noise Level

The noise produced by A/C units is one of the main problems dealt by homeowners. As compared to older ones, the noise level produced by modern A/C is reduced by 20%. It is because of the advanced compressors and a more silent fan blade rotation. 

Programmable Thermostats

Thermostats control your HVAC’s operations. Modern A/C connected with programmable thermostats operate more efficiently when it comes to energy savings and comfort. This gives you full control of your air conditioning unit even when you are out for work or vacation.

Stages of Operation

Older air conditioners operate in one or two stages while modern models work in multiple stages. Does this affect your A/C’s overall function? Yes! A modulating system increases home comfort and offers higher efficiency performance in your air conditioning unit.

Are you planning to have an A/C upgrade before the hot season hits in full force? Come talk to the experts at Maddox Residential & Commercial Services and get only what is best for your home!