The Wagner family’s Milltown ranch home was cooled year after year by their Reem AC unit. No matter how great of an AC system you have, eventually you’ll need to replace it.
Unfortunately for the Wagner’s, their Reem AC unit used the outdated R-22 refrigerant. Units that use this type of refrigerant are much less efficient than ones that use the newer, R-410A.
To return their comfort back to where it was, the Wagner family called Skylands Energy to evaluate their cooling needs. Our expert tech, Ted Francisco, went to the Wagner’s home to get more information about the job.
After evaluating their needs, Ted recommended replacing their current unit with a newer, more efficient, Heil Air Conditioning Unit in their Milltown home.
Problem: The Wagner family’s AC unit was outdated and had run the course of its life. They needed to replace their unit to allow their home to return to the comfort they were used to. For the Wagner’s, the most important thing was home comfort on a reasonable budget.
Solution: The cooling pros at Skylands Energy replaced their Reem unit with a new AC unit from Heil. The Wagner’s now benefit from the cooling power of a Heil N4A336AKF with a 13 SEER rating and a 3 ton cased coil in their quiet Milltown, NJ home.
The Heil unit Skylands Energy installed offers a 13 SEER cooling and an 11 EER cooling. The Wagner’s will benefit from this great comfort without sacrificing the pleasure of enjoying their backyard. The Heil Performance 13 can operate at a volume as low as 74 decibels. Due to the nature of their unit, the Wagner’s didn’t have the luxury of choosing between repairing or replacing their unit. While sometimes a repair job will do the trick, in the case of the outdated unit they were using, replacing was a must. The old R-22 refrigerant that was used in their system is very expensive to operate. In addition, newer units have a much higher efficiency rating than older models and will save you thousands in energy bills over the unit’s lifespan.
In addition to the quiet, efficient comfort, the Heil Performance 13 Central Air Conditioner® offers several unique advantages including:
Easy coil cleaning
Compatible with most thermostats
Environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant
This great new unit from Heil will last the Wagner family for years, providing them with fantastic cool and clean air. This AC system is a great affordable option for those who need superior comfort in the hottest of summers.
If you’ve been looking into HVAC systems at all, you may have noticed this term “SEER” show up quite often. But what does it mean? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is a measure of the maximum efficiency of an air conditioner or heat pump. If your unit has a 19 SEER, that means that 19 is its maximum efficiency. If you’re feeling confused, think about it like MPG on a car. If you’re driving a car that’s reported to get 30 MPG, it doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily always be getting that maximum rating.
You may be asking yourself “what is a good SEER rating and how does it affect me?” The standard range of SEER ratings for modern AC units is between 13 and 21, though they can be both higher and lower. The higher the SEER rating, the more you’ll be saving on your monthly energy costs. For example, a 27 SEER rated AC unit will be 48% cheaper to operate than a 13 SEER. As we previously mentioned, the SEER rating is a measure of the maximum efficiency. The actual efficiency output of your machine will vary based on a variety of factors including your ductwork, size of your home, and the area in which you live.
The main problem with the Wagner’s AC unit was that it used the outdated R-22 refrigerant. To the average person, the difference between R-22 and R-410A may just seem like a couple numbers, but there is so much more.
R-410A is a newer, more efficient refrigerant that is also much better for the environment. Systems that use the R-22 can be very expensive to repair as that refrigerant is no longer manufactured. That’s why in the Wagner’s case, a replacement was the only option that made sense.
If your AC unit uses the outdated R-22 refrigerant, you should consider replacing your unit as soon as possible. Replacing it now will not only save you money on your monthly energy bill, but will also ensure that if something goes wrong with your unit, you won’t have to deal with a costly repair.
Craig Miller Master HVACR Contractor License# 19HC00395100 • Frank Bournias Master Plumber License# 36BI01319800