Knowing When and How to Upgrade Your Air Conditioning System!

As summer temperatures continue to fluctuate, having a reliable air conditioning system becomes essential for maintaining a comfortable and cool indoor environment. However, over time, even the most well-maintained air conditioning units may lose their efficiency and struggle to keep up with the demands of the user.

In this blog, we will discuss the signs indicating it’s time to replace your air conditioning system, the reasons behind this decision, and the benefits of upgrading.

Let’s dive in!

What are the signs that it’s time to change your air conditioning system..

Does your system frequently breakdown?

If your air conditioner has become a constant source of frustration in the office due to frequent breakdowns and costly repairs, it may be time to consider a replacement. These issues often indicate that the system is past its prime and is no longer cost-effective to repair. It’s time to say goodbye!


Are your energy bills higher than usual?

As air conditioning systems age, they tend to become less energy-efficient, leading to higher utility bills. If you notice a steady increase in your energy expenses despite regular maintenance, it could be a sign that your AC unit is becoming inefficient. Usually, a system that is 10 plus years old will start to become inefficient even with the correct care and maintenance. You’ll be surprised at how supreme new systems are!


Is your system providing inconsistent cooling?

If some areas of your property remain uncomfortably warm while others are excessively cold, it may indicate an issue with your AC system’s distribution. This inconsistency is not only discomforting but also a sign of declining performance. Most modern systems are installed with programable thermostats that allow for maximum control and flexibility across numerous rooms.


How old is your system?

Air conditioners typically have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. If your system is nearing or has exceeded this age, it’s wise to consider upgrading to a newer, more efficient model. Like we’ve already mentioned, systems that were installed 10 years are massively different to modern day units. New technology, eco-friendly modes and modernised refrigerants make for a much better experience!

Why should you consider replacing your air conditioning system?

We have mentioned a few reasons already but let’s delve into the nitty gritty of why we and many others alike think you should replace and upgrade your air conditioning. It’s not only knowing when and how to upgrade your air conditioning system but why this should be done in the first place.


Massively improved energy efficiency.

Modern air conditioning systems are designed to be much more energy-efficient than their older counterparts. By upgrading, you can reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy significant savings on your energy bills. As the world and more specifically the UK strives for energy efficiency on this long road to net zero by 2050, upgrading your aircon and refrigerant is a fantastic step.


Enhanced cooling performance.

Newer air conditioning systems boast advanced technology that provides better cooling performance, ensuring consistent comfort throughout your home. We have been lucky enough to install some amazing systems across both domestic and commercial properties. If you would like to find out more, please check out our case study page!


Improved indoor air quality.

New systems often come with advanced filtration technology, enhancing the indoor air quality by removing dust, allergens, and pollutants. This is crucial for houses and offices where occupants suffer from breathing illnesses such as asthma.


Reduced environmental impact.

Similarly to the improved energy efficiency point we have already mentioned, the older air conditioning units may use refrigerants that are harmful to the environment. Specifically, units that were made prior to 2010 most likely use R22 refrigerant. It was discovered that the chemicals that makeup R22 are detrimental to the ozone layer.

Since 2004 it has been banned for use in new equipment in the UK and since 1st January 2015 it have been illegal to use R22 to main or repair your air conditioning but some systems still may be in use. Upgrading to a newer system allows you to use eco-friendly refrigerants, reducing your environmental impact and helping to decarbonise your property.


Increased property value.

If you’re planning to sell your home in the future, a new and efficient air conditioning system can be a selling point and potentially increase your property’s value. Especially the green credentials that come with this in the eco conscious world that we are currently living in.

How do you go about upgrading your air conditioning system?

Knowing when and how to upgrade your air conditioning system results in you needing to think about many things. For example, how to go about doing it..


Assess your needs.

Consider your home’s size, cooling requirements, and your budget. Consult with a professional HVAC contractor (like Mid-Tech Services) to determine the most suitable system for your needs. We offer FREE site surveys and will discuss everything with you to ensure you get the best system possible.


Choose the right size.

An appropriately sized air conditioning unit is crucial for efficient cooling. A system that is too small will struggle to cool your home, while an oversized unit will cycle on and off frequently, wasting energy.


Look for energy efficiency.

Opt for a system with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating, as this indicates better energy efficiency. Click the link if you would like to find out everything on seasonal energy efficiency ratings!


Hire a professional.

Installation is a critical aspect of ensuring optimal performance and longevity of your new air conditioning system. Always hire a licensed and experienced HVAC technician to handle the installation. Not only will your system perform better but the aesthetics of the system and surrounding areas will be finished to a supreme condition. It’s the minor details that matter!

Our final thoughts.

Knowing when and how to upgrade your air conditioning system is essential for maintaining a comfortable living space and optimising energy efficiency.

By paying attention to signs of wear and inefficiency, considering the benefits of upgrading, and following the tips mentioned above, you can make an informed decision to replace your old AC system. Embrace the benefits of an energy-efficient and modern air conditioning system, and stay cool all summer long!

If you are looking for a reliable installer and maintenance provider, Mid-Tech Services has been designing and installing air conditioning systems for industrial, commercial and domestic properties for over 13 years. Our wealth of experience means we understand the variety and scope of various premises and their requirements. Our expert team is always hands-on to help you through every step of the process. Contact us to learn more about our systems by contacting our friendly expert team today.

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