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Top 5 Features for Replacing Air Conditioner (Upgrades)


If your air conditioning is beginning to creak and groan and not working as efficiently as it might, then it could be time to consider replacing air conditioner or planning an upgrade to your new air conditioning system. The same applies if you are thinking of renovating your home, building on an extension or a conservatory. Any structural changes and size changes in the home will need to take air conditioning into account. Because the cubic air space being cooled or heated has changed, the old air conditioning system may not be able to service the extension effectively. Air conditioners designed for smaller spaces are likely to waste power and under deliver on performance.

Fortunately, with the help of an accredited and fully qualified air conditioning engineer, it will be easy to work out what new requirements will be whether you are replacing air conditioner components when upgrading an older system or needing to upgrade because the size of your home has changed. If you have built on a significant extension, then if you have a ducted system, it may require precise adjustment. This is best left for your professional engineer to calculate. Most installations and changes will be straightforward with minimum disruption.

For those who are unsure of what to factor in when considering an upgrade or replacing air conditioner, we look at the top five features of air conditioning upgrades:

1.Variable-speed air handlers

In the majority of older air conditioning units, there are limitations with the blower with just two speeds – on and off. With a variable speed air handler, the blower can adjust the speed of airflow depending on what is going on in the system. For example, if a filter were clogged, the system would compensate for this ensuring the system is running at optimum levels all the while it is switched on. This means you can depend on a constant level of performance from your air conditioning system winter or summer. This constancy of operation avoids a stop/start scenario saving on energy usage, which is more environmentally friendly.

2. Fan Delay

Each time the fan and compressor cycle to off, the conditioned air in the a/c ducts stops instead of flowing into the room in the home where it is demanded. However, a fan with a delay will still continue to blow conditioned air for a few minutes even when the compressor has stopped which makes sure all heated or cooled conditioned air is despatched into the room space instead of remaining trapped in the ductwork.

3. Low Noise Operation

New types of compressor are designed so that the noise level is very low when in operation. This is achieved by vibration isolation, sound-deadening blankets and composite fan blades meaning noise levels are ten times lower than with old style air conditioning units.

4. Low Cost Circulation

Cool mornings and nights and even cool days are an ideal time to close off the air conditioning and enjoy some fresh air. Newer air conditioning units are equipped with a fan only operation that will circulate fresh air throughout your home without the compressor running. This means you save on running the compressor when temperatures are moderate.

5. Eco Friendly Refrigerant

Older refrigerants that caused damage to the environment are being phased out and new legislation means that refrigerant gases have to conform to particular standards to ensure they are environmentally friendly. The older R-22 refrigerant is no longer available in the quantities it once was which means that a refrigerant recharge is very expensive. New air conditioning units use R-410A, the approved eco friendly refrigerant which all new units use.

As can be seen, there are many benefits to upgrading your air conditioning system/replacing air conditioner which in the long run will save money on energy costs, operate more efficiently using sophisticated technology and will be kinder to the environment so why keep on spending money repairing an older system when there are many advantages to an upgrade.

Posted in: Latest News - On: 19th of March, 2013