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Options for Replacing Your Old AC This Fall

ac-condensing-unitThe best time of the year to make major changes to the HVAC system in your home is during periods when you need the system the least. In Northern California, this means mid-fall and mid-spring, when temperatures are mild and you only occasionally need to resort to the air conditioning and sometimes the heating system.

We’re coming up on the fall now, so it’s the right time to ask yourself if your home is due for a new air conditioning system. If your current AC is more than 15 years old, it’s definitely time to make plans! But you should also be thinking about an air conditioning replacement in Rocklin, CA if you’ve noticed issues like spiking summer utility bills and shelling out more than $500 a year in repairs to keep the AC up and running.

If it looks like an AC replacement is coming up for you this fall, you have some options to consider. You don’t have to retire your current cooling system for one exactly like it. Let’s take a look at some alternatives.

Ductless Systems

You may be reading this so far and thinking, “Well, I only have window AC units, so replacing them just means buying a new one.” If this is the case, we have great news: even though your house may lack space for ductwork, you can still enjoy quality central cooling (and heating!) with a ductless system. These heat pumps work through wall-mounted air handlers that connect to an outdoor unit. They’re easy for us to install and flexible.

Evaporative Coolers

You may have heard these called “swamp coolers.” They aren’t designed for swamps, however, but for drier climates like ours. An evaporative cooler doesn’t use refrigerant to lower the temperature of the air in a house the way standard central units do. Instead, they draw the warm air over water and use evaporative cooling to lower the temperature. Although not ideal for all homes, evaporative coolers offer immense energy efficiency and can help with homes that suffer from dry air.

Heat Pumps

Maybe you think your heating system could use a change as well. In that case, we recommend you look into a heat pump. This is a refrigerant-based system that works similar to an air conditioner; it doesn’t look much different from the standard split AC system. But it can work in both directions, taking heat out of the home or bringing it into the home. Heating and cooling put together in one unit!

Whole House Fans

These aren’t a replacement for air conditioners, but they’re a great idea to supplement a new one. A whole house fan helps to create better air circulation and draws in cooler outdoor air. With a whole house fan in place, you’ll need to run your air conditioner much less during the summer.

Don’t make any choice about a new air conditioning system or other HVAC installation without consulting with professionals first! Our team is glad to help you sort through options and find the new cooling system that will serve your family best.

Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air serves Sacramento and the surrounding areas.

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