How First Costs and Lifetime Costs Play Into A/C Replacement Decisions

When it’s time for an A/C replacement in your Massachusetts home, it may be tempting to choose a system with a lower upfront cost, also known as first cost, but you should also carefully consider its lifetime costs before making a final decision. By comparing first costs and lifetime costs, you can more confidently choose the best A/C replacement for your needs and your budget.

Air conditioning unitFirst Cost

The first cost for your A/C replacement is the actual cost of the system itself. This can vary by the brand name of the system, the model, the efficiency of the system and its initial quality. A model with a lower first cost may include parts and components that are of reduced quality compared to more expensive systems, which may be good for a limited budget, but it could mean higher maintenance costs in the future and a shorter system life span. In addition, inexpensive systems tend to be less efficient, denoted by a lower seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER rating), which would increase your utility bills over the life of the system.

Lifetime Costs

The lifetime costs are the actual long-term costs of operating the system over its life span, including maintenance and utility costs. A system with lower lifetime costs tends to be more expensive initially, but thanks to higher SEER ratings and quality components, you’ll earn that money back with reduced utility bills and lower maintenance costs.

When choosing an A/C replacement, be sure to factor in the quality of the system, its durability, maintenance requirements and overall efficiency. For the most savings over the lifetime of the system, look for features such as two-stage compressors and variable-speed air handlers, which use less electricity and allow the system to adjust to varying temperatures more easily, as wells as high-efficiency evaporator and condenser coils, which improve the energy efficiency of the heat transfer process.

To learn more about how these costs factor into your A/C replacement, talk to the cooling system experts at Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing. We’re proud to serve homeowners in Dover, Norfolk, Foxboro, Franklin and the surrounding communities.

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