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Warm weather and sunny days are finally here. Where’s the best place to escape the sweltering New Jersey summer heat? Your house! If your air conditioner was struggling to keep your home cool and comfortable last summer and it’s more than ten years old, you may want to think about replacing your AC unit now so you can remain cool and comfortable all season long. Replacing your cooling system and heating system is a big investment, so you may want to consider the factors below.

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-22 Refrigerant has been phased out. If your AC system was installed prior to 2010, it is using R-22 refrigerant (Freon®). This refrigerant has been phased out, making it more expensive and harder to get. If your old AC system needs to be charged, it could end up costing you hundreds of dollars. New systems use R-410A (Puron®), a more environmentally friendly, cost-effective alternative. Replacing your AC system now may help you avoid costly repair bills in the future.

Consider your energy expenses. If your utility bills were on the rise last summer and you did not change your AC unit usage, that may be an indication your system is no longer as efficient as it should be.

Choose energy-efficient equipment. Newer cooling systems and heating systems are more energy efficient and can help cool and heat your New Jersey home more efficiently and with less effort than older systems.

New units come with a limited-time warranty. This helps save on repair costs should they arise. Just make sure to follow the warranty conditions to stay compliant.

You’ll save on repair costs. An older cooling system and heating system is more likely to need repairs, which can be costly. Newer units are more reliable and less likely to have issues that require repairs.

You can take advantage of rebates and incentives. For more information, visit:
New Jersey’s Clean Energy ProgramTM (NJCEP) – Rebates are available with the purchase and installation of eligible high-efficiency AC and heating systems.

The SAVEGREEN Project® (SAVEGREEN) – SAVEGREEN provides rebates and financing options to New Jersey Natural Gas customers to help make upgrading to high-efficiency equipment easier.

A larger system is not necessarily better. Your AC system needs to be properly sized for your home. An AC unit that’s too large may cycle on/off more frequently, so it won’t keep your home as comfortable. Incorrect sizing can also put stress on system components and may shorten the life of your equipment.          

Replace your AC system and heating system at the same time. You may be tempted to only replace the system giving you the most trouble, but your AC unit and heating system are designed to work together. When you upgrade both systems at the same time, even if one is still working, it can help save you time, money, and energy in the long run.

Install a smart thermostat. If you’re investing in new cooling and heating equipment, it’s important to use a thermostat that can help heat and cool your home more efficiently, like a smart thermostat. It can learn what temperatures work best for you and your family’s needs; or, you can build a customized schedule around your preferences.

Improve your indoor air quality. Consider a whole-house air purifier like the REME HALO®, which can easily be installed with your new cooling system and heating system.

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NJR Home Services is here for you and your New Jersey home comfort needs. That’s why we’re here to help with the repair or replacement of your air conditioning, heating, and water heating equipment. We make the process easy with:

  • Expert installation by our professional installers, who will keep you informed from beginning to end – and clean up after!
  • Easy financing with several convenient options for your budget.
  • Peace-of-mind – eliminate the worry of further repairs and breakdowns.
  • We’ll handle the entire process for you, from submitting permits to installing your new, energy-efficient cooling and heating systems. We’ll even remove your old equipment at no additional charge!

You can view our latest AC system and heating system replacement offers on our website. For a free, no-obligation quote, call 877-466-3657 or complete our online request form. We’ll respond promptly and answer your questions.

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