Warmer weather means fun outdoor adventures, swimming pools, flip-flops, and of course–air conditioning. Although it’s not quite summertime yet, it’s a good idea to check out your air conditioner to see what kind of shape it is in. Trust us when we say you don’t want a broken AC during the peak of summer’s heat. So when is it time to upgrade your air conditioner? Let’s take a look.
Your unit is 10 years or older
A central air unit typically lasts about 15-20 years with regular maintenance. But the older your unit gets, the less efficient it is in both energy and cooling power. So your system may technically be working, but you could have something much better for your home. Thanks to modern technology, newer models of air conditioners are up to 30% more efficient than older models.
Your wallet has seen better days
Speaking of energy efficiency, older units are more likely to cost you more. Whether it’s extra costs to maintain it, or the unit itself uses a lot of energy, an older air conditioner can lead to an increase in your energy bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing an air conditioner that’s only 10 years old can reduce your energy costs by 20-40%.
Your home just isn’t comfortable
Ideally, your air conditioner will keep your house cool and remove humidity from the air. When your air conditioner isn’t at its peak performance, however, you could experience inconsistent room temperatures or a hot and humid house. Sometimes, though, these things can mean you are having duct issues. At the end of the day, contacting an HVAC specialist for help will get to the root of the problem. But if you have contacted specialists and you’re still experiencing a muggy home, it might mean it’s time for a new unit.
You just can’t control temperature the way you’d like
Sometimes it can be hard to find that sweet spot of a temperature during the summer heat. If you feel like your current installation isn’t allowing the temperature control you’d like, then upgrading is a good idea. With a ductless system, you can place pumps for both heating and cooling in various rooms of the house. Then you can turn on only the heat pumps that you need while leaving them off in other parts. Plus a programmable thermostat will give you a great control, such as specific settings for a certain time of day.
The biggest takeaway here is asking yourself if your air conditioner is performing the way you’d like it too, and if it costs too much to maintain this performance. If you’re still too hot and it costs too much, you should probably consider a replacement–it’ll be worth it in the long run.