Should You Repair Or Replace Your Air Conditioning? 5 Factors To Consider

In the heat of summer, having a cool and breezy home to chill out in after a long day of sunbathing is an essential for most Australians. Whether you’re desperate to bring the temperature in your home down or are hoping to upgrade your current system, it’s important to consider these factors before getting started with a new AC system install.   

#1. Size of the Unit: 

The size of your new AC unit is key to providing you with longevity, efficient running, and of course, comfort in your home during the warmer weather. Choosing an AC unit that’s too small for your home will result in the need for it to be running constantly. This can lead to failure to keep your home cool in hot weather, in addition to soaring utility bills. On the other hand, a unit that starts and stops frequently is too large and will likely be using a lot of unnecessary electricity. Speak to professionals providing air conditioning Nudgee to determine the optimal unit size for your home.  

#2. Consider a Programmable Thermostat: 

Similar to your home’s central heating system, switching on the AC when it’s not necessary can lead to excess energy use and expensive utility bills. However, it’s not always ideal to switch on your AC when returning home. At the end of a long day at work, particularly if you work outdoors and will need to cool down, it can be annoying and tiresome to wait for the AC system to fire up. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the AC unit to switch on at particular times of the day, allowing you to return home to a cool, comfortable home without wasting energy and money. It may be possible to upgrade your existing unit to a programmable thermostat, or have it included in a new install. 

#3. Do Your Homework on Air Quality: 

Chances are you’re already aware that air quality holds significant importance for both our comfort and our health. Adjusting the airflow on an AC unit is important, but often, homeowners aren’t even aware that it is an issue. A trained electrician Banyo will be able to test and adjust the air ducts on your system to ensure a smooth airflow of clean air. A new AC system might be preferable if your current one is old; you may be able to save money by simply having air quality control devices installed.  

#4. Consider the Alternatives: 

Bear in mind that it’s not always necessary to install vents when adding a new AC system to your home. There are several alternatives to consider which may be more suitable for your living space, along with saving you money in the short- and long-term. For example, new ductless ‘mini-split’ air conditioning systems can be installed with only indoor air handlers. This ensures minimal installation work – no renovation is needed except for a small hole drilled into the wall to connect the indoor and outdoor units.  

#5. Do the Maths: 

Finally, it’s worth doing some calculations to ensure that it’s worth investing in a new AC system upgrade. If your current system isn’t working properly, having it repaired or replaced could save you hundreds of dollars each year. But, how do you know which is best? A simple trick is to take the age of your AC system and multiply it by the cost to repair it. If it’s more than $5,000, a replacement will be more economical.