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Repair or Replace? How to Take Stock of Your Air Conditioner

June 10, 2016

Summer is right around the corner in Columbus, Georgia, and there’s no better time to take stock of your air conditioner. No matter the symptoms, the experts at Indoor Solutions Inc. are here to assess the state of your cooling system and help you find the right option for your budget. Take a closer look at our guide to determine whether you should repair or replace your air conditioner.

Your Cooling System Is More Than a Decade Old

On average, air conditioners last for about 10 years, as long as they receive regular maintenance and air filter replacements. After a decade, most cooling systems start to need more frequent repairs, and they might even need major parts replaced at a relatively high price. When repairs for your aging system start to stretch your home maintenance budget, or exceed 50% of the cost of a new system, it’s time to think about replacing your air conditioner.

Though a new air conditioner comes at a price, the good news is that virtually any new cooling system you consider will be much more efficient than your old system. At Indoor Solutions, we’ll introduce you to a wide range of new air conditioner options, which include everything from Evolution Variable-Speed units to Preferred Compact systems. No matter what your budget is or where you need the unit installed, we have an affordable and effective option to match your needs.

Your Home Feels Too Humid

During a hot and humid summer in Georgia, you want your home to feel like an escape from the steamy weather outside. That means your air conditioner should do more than just cool your home. It should remove excess moisture from the air, too. If your cooling system no longer does this effectively or seemingly never performed this function at all, consider a new system for your home.

For new, high-tech air conditioners, lowering indoor humidity levels goes hand in hand with decreasing the temperature. After all, a moderate humidity level translates to your family feeling more comfortable indoors and your air conditioner operating more efficiently overall. That means it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Your Home Is Always Dusty

Do you ever feel like you dust constantly, but you can never seem to eliminate that fine layer of dust throughout your home? If this sounds familiar, your cleaning skills might not be at fault. Instead, your HVAC system might be the culprit. Your air conditioner relies on a complex system of ductwork to move conditioner air from the cooling unit to all of the rooms in your home. If your duct system is one of the many that are plagued by leaks, cracks, and holes, then the air that emerges from your home’s vents might not be as clean as you’d like.

Before you go shopping for a new air conditioner, take the time to improve your indoor air quality first. A basic duct inspection and sealing session might be all you need to get your cooling system back up to speed and your home feeling fresh again.

Your Utility Bills Are Unusually High

Most Columbus homeowners brace themselves for higher utility bills in the summer, when your air conditioner is running full blast for several hours throughout the day. If your bills are significantly higher than you expect or jump suddenly, it’s worth your while to get to the root of the problem.

The pros at Indoor Solutions can determine whether your system has an easily fixable problem or whether you’d be better off replacing the system altogether. If we suggest a replacement, we’ll recommend purchasing one of our Energy Star certified systems, which are some of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective systems you’ll find anywhere. We’ll also recommend that you invest in one of our preventive maintenance agreements so we can make sure that your system runs smoothly and efficiently for the rest of its long life.

Whether your air conditioner needs repairs or a complete replacement, you can count on the professionals at Indoor Solutions Inc. Call our air conditioning experts at 706-225-8241 to learn more about how we can help you save.

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