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Keeping Cool in a New Home

Keeping Cool in a New Home

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If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you know that the state of your home’s heating and cooling system is extremely important. In fact, many would-be buyers require a home inspection contingent upon the condition of the HVAC system, and for good reason. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of a central AC system is around $5,000. This could be less or more depending on the unit and installation costs. The cost of replacement will probably be somewhere within the range of $3,700 to $7,000.  With such a huge investment, you need to be sure that the home you buy has a cooling system that functions properly and won’t cost you money in the long run due to repair or replacement.

One thing potential homebuyers and even current homeowners should be aware of the EPA guidelines regarding R22, a refrigerant used in HVAC systems prior to January 1, 2010. If your home’s central AC has a model that was made prior to this date, chances are it uses R22. The use of this refrigerant is being phased out due to the Clean Air Act of 2010. So, what does this mean? Well, first of all, you don’t have to worry just yet. A model made before 2010 can still be serviced, however, production of R22 will cease by 2020 and none will be allowed to be imported into the country.

For those of you in the midst of house hunting, this is something you need to be aware of. Current homeowners should be aware of the change too. There are options. You can go ahead and replace the outdated model. You can see if the system is eligible to be retrofitted for use with currently acceptable refrigerants. You can also just wait and see. The most important thing is that you are aware of the type of refrigerant the system uses and then make an informed decision about the next steps. If the AC was made after January 1, 2010, it will be in compliance with current standards and no changes will need to be made.

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