Are Old and New Air Conditioners the Same?

Technology is always changing, and this is especially true when it comes to HVAC systems. Though air conditioners might look similar and continue to cool the house properly, newer models have some distinct changes. There are a few key differences between newer and older styles of an air conditioner.

More Eco-Friendly Designs

Newer air conditioner systems use R-410A refrigerant. This is a more environmentally friendly refrigerant than the R-22 refrigerant and other coolants that have the potential to cause problems with the ozone layer. Newer models also tend to have modulating technology that means they do not require as much electricity to work.

Reduced Energy Consumption

Downers Grove residents who get Fire 'n' Ice Heating & Cooling, Inc. to install a new air conditioner often report how surprised they are by the reduction in their energy bills. This happens because newer models only use about 1,700 watts of energy to cool the average sized home while older models may use up to 6,000 watts.

Improved Home Comfort

Unlike old air conditioners that ran at a single fixed speed, new units have the option of variable speed air distribution. This lets your unit change the speeds at which it sends cool air through the home, so you get more even temperatures and a system that is more sensitive to changes.

Less Noise While Running

Older air conditioners tend to have a reputation for being a little noisy when they turn on and off. Thanks to changes in fan blade shape and modern compressor technology, air conditioning units are now very quiet. Some models are so discreet it is difficult to tell if they are even running.

With all the benefits people can get from newer AC models, it is no surprise that many are choosing to replace their air conditioner. Fire 'n' Ice Heating & Cooling, Inc. is happy to help out with new unit installations, and we also offer plenty of other great repair and maintenance services for HVAC systems. You can learn more about the help we provide by giving us a call today.

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