Considering new air conditioning equipment has never made more sense than right now. With Progress Energy raising the rates approximately 25% in order to pay for a future nuclear power plant, we are all in for some changes. We need to make adjustments or pay the price for not being efficient. Most heating and air conditioning manufacturers say the average life of a system is 12 to 15 years. If your equipment is close to this age, a new system should be considered because of the payback that can be gained. Saving 25%-50% over your present heating and cooling cost is only part of the benefit. Better air distribution, humidity control air filtration, less temperature swing, lower noise level, and the peace of mind of a new system under warranty are other benefits.