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Will Upgrading to Central AC Raise My Bills?

Conventional central air conditioning is the standard in most parts of the United States. But in our area, a lot of homeowners have not yet taken the steps to get a whole-home refrigerated AC system for their cooling needs. Many people still rely on evaporative coolers, window units, or both to get through the summer, which may not offer the comfort they really need.

This is sometimes due to concerns about monthly costs, but we’re here to tell you: upgrading to a whole-home air conditioning system should not raise your bills significantly, and may even save you money. Let’s take a look!

Upgrading from an Evaporative Cooler to Refrigerated Air

Evaporative coolers (also called swamp coolers) are relatively inexpensive to run because they have fewer electrical components than other central AC systems. They use only about 75% of the energy of a standard air conditioning system. However, they also require a lot more maintenance, which can run up your bills just as much.

Evaporative coolers are only effective in areas with low humidity. So in the monsoon season, your home may still be 85 degrees if it is 100 and humid outside. Many homeowners use window units as a backup in this case, which can run up your bills quite a bit. A high-efficiency AC system should not cost much more than an evaporative cooling system—especially with proper maintenance—and you don’t have to worry about shaky performance on humid days.

Upgrading from a Window Unit to a Ductless Air Conditioner

If you’re relying on window units to cool the rooms in your home, there’s a better way. These are not held to the same national standards as ductless window units, so they have significantly lower efficiency ratings than whole-home systems. Ductless air conditioners are more efficient than even many conventional central units, and they require no major renovations to install. Contact your local technician for more information.

Ready to upgrade your AC? Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call and let us do it right the first time! Call Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today for air conditioning installation in Aztec, NM.

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