Air conditioning in Las Vegas, NV, is a non-negotiable, but is your current system up to standard? Upgrading your air conditioner could drastically improve your comfort and indoor air quality, lower energy use, and save you money on repairs and bills.
But how do you know when it’s time to get a new system installed?
The answer varies from household to household, especially if you do not currently have a central HVAC system. What matters most is the age of your system, its efficacy, and its efficiency.
At Bumble Breeze, we can help you decide when it’s time to upgrade your AC, as well as suggest the perfect replacement for your model.
Below are our top five suggestions on when you should consider getting a new air conditioner.
Your Current AC Is 10 Years Old (or Older!)
The average lifespan of most air conditioners is 15 to 20 years, but older units tend to wear down after they reach the decade mark.
Many can still technically work after that point, but their performance will steadily decline as time goes on.
An AC that’s 10 years old or older will cost far more to operate than a younger model. By upgrading an AC this old, you can lower cooling costs by 20 to 40%!
Your Utility Bills Are Higher Than Ever
If you’ve lived in your home for a while, you’ll likely notice your cooling costs increase each year. Asking friends and family, you may find that your energy bill is the highest out of the group, despite not running your unit any differently than you always have.
Older models will cost more to operate today because they are not as optimized to be energy-efficient.
In other words, even if you regularly maintain your older AC unit, it will still cost more to run and draw more power than a newer model.
Of course, if you notice any change to energy bills, the best next step is to call in a professional HVAC technician. They can inspect your system and determine the likely causes as well as offer personalized suggestions on what to do next.
Your AC Doesn’t Cool Your House Evenly
Uneven cooling is a sign that an older air conditioner is no longer equipped to perform the job you need it to.
While some minor issues, like a clogged air filter, may also cause this problem, it tends to be persistent among older ACs.
An HVAC technician can perform a comprehensive inspection to determine if the cause of your uneven cooling is linked to repair needs, system age, or a combination of the two.
In some cases, your AC may be drawing too much power and “overcooling” because it is not properly fitted for your home. Conversely, it could also be too small for your house’s square footage and need to be replaced by a properly sized model.
Your System Still Uses Freon
Freon, or R-22 or HCFC-22 refrigerant, was the gold standard in air conditioning prior to 2010.
It is now considered outdated due to its lack of efficiency and negative environmental impact.
Modern units use safer, more effective alternatives that save you money and reduce your home’s negative effect on the planet.
Get Recommendations for New AC Upgrades From the Experts
We’re always happy to help customers find the perfect solutions to their AC problems.
Let us know if you’re interested in upgrading your AC. We can take a look at your current unit, give you an estimate for an upgrade, and handle all the heavy lifting.
Contact Bumble Breeze today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. Give us a buzz!