Here’s when you should upgrade to a new AC unit

Just like your car, your AC unit needs constant upkeep and care. You may not be able to see anything wrong with your air conditioner, but hidden issues have the potential to lead to an AC breakdown on the hottest days of summer . If your unit has been on its last legs for a while, it’s time to consider upgrading to a smoother-running, energy-efficient system that will save you money and keep you cool all season long.

Southern Air technicians transport a new AC system in one of our vans to a customer's home.

If your older air conditioner isn’t working like it once did, that’s a sign that you should consider an upgrade to a new AC unit.

How to keep your AC costs low

An older air conditioner needs to work harder to keep your home cool. Newer models have better energy efficiency, meaning that the unit will use less energy to deliver more cooling, costing you less. Especially during the summer season, your energy bill may shock you. Try some of these tips to keep your air conditioning costs low:

  1. Schedule a tune-up or new installation: Before you buy 10 new floor fans to cool down your home, go straight to the source and have the techs at Southern Air check out your AC unit. Call us to have one of our friendly, certified technicians to come out and inspect your air conditioner to make sure it’s running at its best. When you do, you can rest easy the rest of summer knowing your AC unit is working right.
  2. Buy a house fan: OK, now you can pull out the floor fans. Set your thermostat temperature to a higher level in the mornings and nights to save money. Use floor fans and wear light clothing to stay cool in your home. You can also use a smart thermostat to pre-program your home’s temperature at different times of the day and night. By even raising the temperature of your home by one degree while you’re away, you can see noticeable savings on your electric bill.
  3. Plan ahead: When you go on vacation or head out of town, plan ahead and set your thermostat to a higher temperature. If you turn your thermostat completely off, your house may overheat and make it even harder to cool down when you return. Also, turn off your lights, ceiling fans, or appliances when you’re gone for long periods of time. You’ll be thankful you did when you see your next energy bill!

Preventative maintenance can save you money

Listen to this story of two neighbors, and think about which neighbor you’d rather be. This is a story about the Turners and the Smiths. They both have similar home layouts, with comparable AC units that have served their home for 20 years.

One day, Mr. Turner hears a clicking and rattling noise coming from the side of his house. He realizes it’s coming from the AC unit. He turns off his thermostat, waits an hour, then turns it back on. The clinking noise has stopped, and he’s satisfied.

Mrs. Smith next door feels like the bedrooms in her home aren’t receiving enough cool air. She usually sets her thermostat to a lower temperature during the day, but she doesn’t feel cool or comfortable. She decides to call her local HVAC company, Southern Air Heating and Cooling, to diagnose the issue.

Mr. Turner, meanwhile, has experienced more issues in the coming days with his AC unit. The rattling noises have started up again, and now his unit is having serious problems. He still doesn’t want to call a service company, so he brings out his toolbox and prepares to get to work.

Next door, Mrs. Smith is meeting with one of Southern Air’s certified, friendly technicians, who has already explained the issue to her and has given her tips to prevent this problem in the future. The Southern Air technician has also completed a tune-up of her AC unit and has suggested she upgrade to a new unit soon, since hers is 20 years old. She agrees and schedules a date for a brand-new AC unit to be installed.

Unfortunately, Mr. Turner has tried to solve his problem the hard way, and he’s left with more broken parts, more repair fees, and more headaches than before.

When it comes to taking care of your home, which neighbor would you rather be like? If you suspect your AC unit is old, outdated, or needing repairs, call the trusted team at Southern Air right away. Waiting or postponing your service will only lead to higher energy bills, more repair fees, and—just like Mr. Turner experienced—a lot of frustration. Be a better homeowner and put your comfort first!

Choose a reliable team you can trust

Above all, having a reliable HVAC service provider at your fingertips will save you time and money this year. Southern Air hires only the best of the best, making us an easy choice for your HVAC needs. Whether you need a simple tune-up or a full indoor air quality test, we’re here to help.

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