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Cooling Systems: 5 Signs That You Need to Upgrade

Key Points
  • Certain signs can of trouble can tell you that it may be time for a cooling system upgrade.
  • Install an ENERGY STAR certified cooling system; they're more efficient than standard units.
  • Optimize cooling system efficiency with proper maintenance and facility conservation measures.

Your air conditioning system provides a comfortable and productive business environment, but only if it's working properly. Take action now to find out if the time is right for an upgrade to a new, high-performance air conditioner or heat pump. Your operating budget, and your staff, will appreciate it.

For most air conditioning systems, there are certain telltale signs of trouble. Consider an upgrade if:

1. Employee comfort complaints are on the rise. Nobody likes to hear complaints, but they could be telling you that your air conditioning system is not performing as it should be.

2. Some areas are hotter than others. This could be a sign of leaky ducts, poorly designed ductwork or system performance issues.

3. Your air conditioner is noisy. Depending on the type of system you have, this could be caused by bad compressor valves, out-of-balance fan blades, low refrigerant charge or vibration due to loose parts.

4. You're frequently calling the repairman. Wear and tear on aging equipment may continue to cost you more in repair bills.

5. Your cooling system runs constantly. Your system may be leaking refrigerant, or it may be improperly sized.

If you decide to upgrade, install ENERGY STARĀ® commercial cooling equipment. ENERGY STAR units are more efficient than standard equipment while providing a high level of performance.

Optimize system efficiency

Whether you have a new cooling system in place or your old unit is still going strong, there are simple steps you can take to increase savings and comfort this summer and all year long.

  • Call a pro. Hire a qualified professional to inspect and clean your cooling system at least once per year.
  • Install a Wi-Fi thermostat. Wi-Fi enabled programmable thermostats automatically adjust building temperatures to save energy and ensure comfort. They also provide cool features, such as remote control.
  • Ensure airflow. Vents covered with equipment or furniture can restrict airflow, making your system work harder. Keep them clear.
  • Air seal your building. Check for air leaks around exterior doors and windows and seal any gaps with weatherstripping or caulk.

By combining energy efficiency upgrades with simple conservation measures, you can keep your indoor environment cool, comfortable and productive.