Ready to Beat the Texas Heat?
Texas summers would be pretty miserable without the cooling power of air conditioning. When it reaches 110 degrees in July, you want to know your air conditioner is going to keep you as cool as possible. But did you know with a few simple changes, you could benefit the environment and your bank account as well? Many technological advances have been made in air conditioning in the last 20 years, especially in the last 5 -10 years. One of those advances is in regards to air conditioning refrigerant.
Why Is Everyone Talking About Refrigerant?
There are multiple types of refrigerant but two types you should be aware of are R-22 (bad) and R410A (better). R-22 refrigerant has been targeted since 1996 as part of the cause for the earth’s ozone layer depletion. What’s important about this is the barely visible ozone layer, comprised primarily of oxygen, is necessary to maintain life on Earth and prevents harmful UV rays from the sun scorching the planet.
As a result, the U.S. instituted an environmental ban against R-22 usage in new air conditioning equipment in the U.S. and is expected to end all production of R-22 refrigerant by 2020. While that may seem like a long time in the future, the U.S. has already begun ramping down the production of R-22 aggressively along with many other chemicals. In fact, almost 95% of the chemicals which harm the ozone have been replaced and the ozone is improving.
What to Do If My Air Conditioner is Older than 2010?
2010 is the key year in which the U.S. instituted an environmental policy requiring air conditioning manufacturers to use R-410A refrigerant in all new units. If your unit is older (and many will be unless recently replaced), you have a few options.
Air Conditioner System Replacement
If your unit is older than 5 years, replacement may be a good option. The difference in cost between an upgrade to R410A refrigerant and a full system replacement is around $2,000 – $4,000, depending on the system. The increased energy efficiency savings could easily make up the difference in a few years. In addition, with a system replacement, your home can be evaluated for a proper load – this helps ensure your home’s system is neither too small nor too large.
Air Conditioner System Upgrade
If your system has been recently replaced with an Energy Star rated system, a full replacement may not be necessary. With some newer units, changing out the condensing unit and evaporative coil may be all that’s necessary.
When Does Air Conditioner Replacement Versus Upgrade Make Sense?
If your home’s air conditioning unit hasn’t been replaced in five years or more, or if you’re looking at a large repair bill for your existing system, consider replacing your equipment. Much like your car, after a number of miles, parts start to be less efficient and break more frequently, even with regular maintenance. Your air conditioner is no different and undergoes brutal conditions throughout the summer and winter months. While regular tune-ups and prompt repairs will extend the life of your system, eventually it’s inevitably necessary to replace the equipment.
What Payment Options Are Available?
Lentz Services is an authorized Trane dealer and is certified to work on any air conditioning and heating system. We provide available financing for 6 or 12 months with 0% interest if paid off within the agreed upon term, with approved credit.
In addition, if you contact Lentz Services for a free consultation before April 30th, 2012, you’ll receive a $150 credit toward a new system or upgrade.
Call (972) 241 – 6622 for more details or contact us to speak with our team about how we can help you get ready for the hot summer months ahead!