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As a business owner, you have to prioritize certain items on your to-do list over others each day. Maybe addressing customer concerns is always at the top of your list. Or making sure your inventory is up to date.

Up until now, one of those decisions you might have been putting off is whether it’s time to upgrade your older commercial HVAC system. The truth is, there are a number of reasons to consider taking this step right now, and we are going to share them with you today.

If you are noticing your HVAC system isn’t working as well as it used to, this is a clear sign something needs to be addressed. Perhaps your commercial property is commonly too hot or too cold, despite the settings on your HVAC system. Or maybe you have started noticing strange sounds coming from your HVAC system.

These are some of the telltale signs your commercial building hvac systems needs addressing. But there are several other reasons it’s worth upgrading your system, even if it isn’t making strange sounds!

The Disadvantages of Outdated Commercial Building HVAC System

In fact, there are several disadvantages to having an outdated HVAC system, even if it doesn’t appear at first glance to be operating inefficiently. 

High repair bills

Does it seem like your repair bills are getting higher and higher each month for that AC unit in your commercial property? When your HVAC system gets to a certain age, these repairs are just temporary fixes and they aren’t solving the real problem. While a single repair bill on its own might seem like less of an investment of a new HVAC system, you’ll often find investing in a newer system is actually a smarter financial choice. 

Costly utility bills

If your HVAC system is working harder than it needs to, this will show on your energy and electricity bills each month. Older HVAC systems are less efficient and effective in a number of ways. They take more energy to do the same job a newer system could do, and they often don’t do the job as well as more modern technology either. If you have noticed a jump in your utility bills each month and you suspect your HVAC system is the culprit, this is another sign it’s time to upgrade your HVAC system.


When your team members complain that your workplace is too hot or too cold, you might head to your HVAC system to make sure the settings are just right. But sometimes it will seem like even with the air turned up or the heat turned on, nothing really changes. If your system is outdated, it’s less likely to be efficient. Not only does this cost more in energy bills, but it also means you, your customers, and employees aren’t as comfortable as you could be.  

Lower air quality

The HVAC system in your commercial building plays a big role in the air quality of the space. If the system is outdated, the air quality tends to be lower than it would be with an updated system. With lower air quality, allergens and bacteria might not be filtered out as efficiently. At the very least, the air filter should be cleaned or replaced every 30 days. But if you have been doing this and the air quality is still low, this is one sign your older system should be updated.

Whether it’s for your business or your home, you deserve to breathe clean air. Take a look at this page next to read about the questions you should ask about indoor air quality at your property. One of the questions we cover is about the best ways to ensure high air quality in a space. There are several approaches to doing this. They include proper ventilation, moisture control, and targeting pollutants with technology are the most effective ways to improve your air quality. 

Many home and business owners choose to install a mechanical or electronic air cleaner. Others install both an air cleaner and a UV germicidal light for ultimate protection. Specific allergies and other health conditions can be exacerbated by pollutants in your building. That’s why it’s so important to choose a system that best fits your purification needs.

No warranty

Do you know how long ago the warranty for your HVAC system expired? Maybe you’re dreading the day the system breaks down because you know there’s no warranty in place to cover the repairs. An expired warranty is just another downside of an older HVAC system. 

(A/C Care is pleased to offer a two-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs and replacements)

Older commercial building HVAC systems tend to be noisy

As your HVAC system ages, it has to work harder to do the same job it once did with ease. Often, as it works hard, it also means it starts making strange, new noises. These noises can signify there’s a problem with your HVAC system but they can also prove to be a major nuisance. If your customers or employees have to listen to a noisy fan belt or another AC unit issue for hours on end, you can imagine what this does to productivity and employee/customer satisfaction. 

Reasons You Should Upgrade Your HVAC System for Commercial Building

Now that you know more about the disadvantages of an older HVAC system, let’s explore some of the good reasons to upgrade your HVAC system. 

Peace of mind

Knowing that your HVAC system has recently been updated can give you a lot of peace of mind as a business owner. For starters, you’ll know that the air quality in your building has improved. At the same time, you won’t constantly be on edge waiting for your older HVAC system to break down and fail completely. 

Lower energy bills

Remember what we said about one of the disadvantages of an older HVAC system being inefficiency? One of the reasons to consider upgrading to a newer system is because it can help you save money each month on your energy bills! In addition to being more environmentally friendly by using less energy and electricity, it also means more money left in your company bank account for other expenses. 

Great return on your investment

A small repair here or there might not add up to much. But if your older HVAC system is constantly being fixed, these repair bills will add up quickly. Take a look at how much you spend on HVAC repairs. You just might realize it would be a far better ROI to upgrade to a new system, rather than continually repairing an old one. Not only can you save on repairs, but again, it can also mean lower bills each month. Not to mention, happy and comfortable staff and clients are another great bonus!

Comfort and convenience

Ask anyone who has worked in a building with an inefficient heating or cooling system for a length of time and they will tell you the same thing. A too hot/too cold work space not only makes them less productive, but less happy at work. With the temperature at your commercial property maintaining itself at a comfortable level, everyone who sets foot in your property will thank you for it! 

Another way an outdated system can make a workspace less comfortable is if it’s noisy. We discussed how these noises can be distracting, or even a major nuisance. With your new HVAC system in place, you’ll have the quiet, efficient system you have always wanted. 

Get ahead of bigger problems with your HVAC system down the road

If you drive an older vehicle, you might hold your breath every time you start it. You wonder if this is the time it will finally give out and you will be left without transportation. When it comes to an outdated HVAC system, you might be holding your breath much in the same way. You are just waiting for the day the system gives out completely. Worst case scenario, this could mean the loss of inventory or having to shut your business down until it is replaced. Save yourself this worry by getting ahead of an outdated system and upgrading today. 

End-To-End HVAC System for Commercial Building Services

From design to installation to maintenance, A/C Care Heat & Air offers end-to-end HVAC services. Our customized solutions are designed to meet your unique project requirements efficiently and cost-effectively. This leaves you with more time and less stress—isn’t that what every business owner wants?

For your business on the Treasure Coast, trust A/C Care to upgrade your HVAC systems. We offer the high quality work and equipment you deserve. We also provide 24-hour emergency services for urgent problems so help is always available. Don’t wait another day! Upgrade your outdated commercial HVAC system today and start reaping the many rewards of this decision. 

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