If you are thinking that it might be time to upgrade your air conditioner, there are several things that you are going to want to think about before you make the final decision.
One thing that you are going to want to think about is how old your air conditioner is. If it's only a few years old, then replacing it isn't probably your best option. That's because you aren't going to really get any more benefit from an air conditioner that is brand-new over one that is only four or five years old. However, if your air conditioner is ten or more years old, replacing it with something new is going to give you a lot of benefits and will be worth the money.
Future Utility Bills
Sure, you aren't going to be able to know exactly how much your utility bill is going to be three years from now, but there are things that you can do to help you estimate what they are going to be. One thing that you can do is to look at your utility bills over the past few years. You will be able to see how much more your bills go up each summer and any increases that your electric company may have had. That will give you a good base to set your estimates on. While you are doing your estimates, you may want to add in an added percentage of what you've been paying just to compensate for the age of your air conditioner.
Another thing that you are going to want to consider is how much your future maintenance costs are going to be. That is going to be hard for you to figure out. One way you can do that is to have an air conditioning services technician come out to look at your air conditioner for you. They can do things like inspect your air conditioner and tell you what's going on with it right now, how much it may cost to fix it, and what kind of problems you may be looking at in the future. The service tech will also be able to tell you if you are going to be more likely to pay more for repairs over the next two to three years than you would be paying if you were to replace your AC.
If you are thinking about getting a new air conditioner, there are several things that you need to think about before you make the final decision.