tempstar central air conditioning unit installed in a home in regina

Staying Cool With a New Air Conditioner Upgrade

A modern, high-efficiency air conditioning system can easily improve your summer. An even temperature and humidity control will keep your home at a comfortable temperature every day. 

The right air conditioning system can make the difference between sleeping like a baby, or tossing and turning all night long.

If your air conditioner just isn’t cooling the way you need it to, then it’s time for an upgrade. Not only will this increase the comfort of your home, but today’s high efficiency air conditioners are also cheaper to run. 

When to Upgrade Your Air Conditioner

Air Conditioners are important in Saskatchewan. As the province with the most sun in the summer, the dry warm days can really heat up your home. An air conditioning unit helps your family beat the heat while ensuring your home is comfortable all year. 

There are five main reasons you may need to upgrade your unit. 

1. Your Home is No Longer Staying Cool 

An old or poorly maintained air conditioning unit may not run as well as it used to. Your air conditioner should get yearly maintenance. Dirty ventilation, air filters, and piping can cause a unit to slow down or stop working properly. 

Your home may not cool to the right temperature if the system is not the right size. Your installation specialist may recommend a larger size or different system for your home. 

2. You Are Doing Lots of Repairs on Your Air Conditioning Unit

Weighing the maintenance costs to the cost of a new system is important. Your repair specialist may be able to repair your unit, but if they are repairing it often it may be better to look at a new unit altogether. 

Ask about the cost of a new unit. Many new units have better energy efficiency and could save you money on energy as well as repair costs. 

3. You Are Looking to Improve Your Homes Environmental Footprint

Every unit has a SEER rating. The lower the rating the less efficient the unit and the larger the environmental footprint. Improving your unit can lower energy costs and decrease energy output. 

What Does SEER Stand For? 

Seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) is a ratio used by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. This ratio helps standardize the air conditioning industry. The lower the SEER ratio the lower the efficiency of the unit.

Air conditioners in the last two years have improved dramatically in inefficiency and can often be 20% – 40% more efficient than older models. 

4. Your Utility Bills Have Increased

New units are more energy efficient. Averaging 20% – 40% in efficiency when compared to old models. This saves your family money. It can also lower your home’s environmental footprint. 

Air conditioning units have an average life expectancy of 15 – 20 years. If your unit is coming to the end of its life it may be better to replace it than to try and maintain or repair it. 

Pricing for a new unit widely depends on the unit you choose and the size of your home. Unites installed can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $7,000. 

5. You Want to Instal a SMART Unit

SMART units help lower energy costs and maintain the perfect temperature in your home, even when you aren’t there. 

Remote temperature control allows you to set temperatures while on vacation. It allows you to also improve the temperature of your home before you get there. A great feature to have on days that are unexpectedly warm. 

SMART units can be installed without purchasing a new system. This does depend entirely on what system you currently have installed in your home. It is best to speak to a system specialist to know what your home needs are for a SMART system. Some older units will not pair with a SMART system. 

Benefits to Upgrading Your Air Conditioner

Save Money

The age and size of your current unit will affect how much you save on energy costs. The older the unit the more likely you are to save big on utilities per month. Because of the increase in efficiency, even newer units can have energy savings. 

Increase Property Value

Having an air conditioning unit will increase property value. A newer or well-maintained unit is a great selling feature. 

Breathe healthier air 

When your unit runs it collects dust and particles floating in the air. These particles can get caught in your air conditioning unit and potentially affect your home’s air quality. Cleaning or replacing your unit will decrease air particles being blown into your home. 

Types of Air Conditioners

The type of air conditioning unit you choose for your home depends on your budget, energy consumption requirements, space, maintenance abilities, and the cooling power required. 

Each system caters to different family needs and home sizes. 

  • Central Air Conditioner
  • Ductless Mini-Split
  • Window Air Conditioner
  • Portable Air Conditioner
  • Floor Mounted AC
  • Hybrid / Dual Fuel Air Conditioner
  • Smart Air Conditioner
  • Geothermal Air Conditioner

Talk to a specialist about your home’s needs and what system will work better for you. 

Steps to Upgrade Your Home Air Conditioning System

Our team recently upgraded an existing 8 SEER air conditioner, whose better days had since passed, to a 13 SEER Tempstar central air conditioning system. 

Here are the upgrade steps you can expect when your system is replaced. 

  1. Recover the refrigerant from the old system.
  2. Disconnect the outside unit and the inside unit at the coil
  3. Remove old coils from above the furnace and pull old lines
  4. Install a new cooling coil and run new lines
  5. Add a new concrete pad to support the base of the outdoor compressor
  6. Connect the new line to the compressor
  7. Connect the electrical to the compressor unit
  8. Cycle the system and charge the unit to the appropriate refrigerant levels

Knowing how the unit is installed will help you understand what will happen when you upgrade your system. 

We can help you with any questions you have about an air conditioning unit. Talk to our specialist today