When It’s Time for New Air Conditioning | Air Conditioning Installation
Warmer days have arrived in the south, days warm enough to justify using the air conditioning. You replace the filter and set the thermostat to ac, lower the temp and-nothing. The only thing happening is the ac blowing warm air. A loud rattle and clank comes from the unit and then not even air is blowing. Your gut feeling says this is going to require a new air conditioning installation.
Your HVAC technician arrives to provide air conditioning service and the news is as bad as you expected. The cost to repair the 18 year old system isn’t worth it. The compressor is bad, and while a new one could be installed the lines and coil on the aging system are likely to sprout leaks like a hose pipe run over by the landscaper’s soil aerator. It has served you well during its numerous hot southern summers, you have provided routine maintenance but everything wears out. It’s time for a new air conditioning installation.
Today’s market provides a lot of options in heating and air conditioning. So many it may appear daunting, as well as time consuming to select a new system. You want to ensure that you choose the most energy efficient system, the most reliable, and the best option for your home. Use the following tips to assist you in selecting a new unit for air conditioning installation.
First, select an energy source. Most homeowners stick with the same type of system as they currently use, though there is no reason why you can’t change from gas to electric, for example. Let’s take a look at the differences.
Electric heat pumps are a very efficient and convenient way of heating and cooling your home. Today’s heat pump systems are considerably more energy efficient than those from even 5 years ago. Heat pumps have the additional advantage of the system being located outside. The condensing coils of other systems that are located inside the home are located outside the home with a heat pump. So you never have to worry about the pan overflowing and damaging the floor or walls. You will still have an air return inside the home, but it will only contain the air filter. A heat pump may be an excellent choice for both heating and air conditioning installation in the southern states.
Natural gas is a good heating source and is generally priced competitively on today’s energy market. If you don’t have natural gas already, it is a good idea to check with your local natural gas utility supplier for the current cost, as well as availability.
If your current gas furnace utilizes a hot flue pipe, you will benefit by upgrading to the newer condensing furnace. These can have a fuel efficiency of up to 98%. Today’s gas furnaces are in general much more fuel efficient. Gas heat is not dependent upon a minimum temperature for operation as a heat pump is, and may be a good option for those who live in colder regions. It is always a good idea when faced with a necessary air conditioning installation to replace the heat source as well. This is because components may not match up and using old components with a new ac can adversely effects its efficiency.
Geothermal Heat Pump: The geothermal heat pump is the most efficient system available and will outlast any other. Almost any home with a duct system can be converted to it. This system takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to increase efficiency and reduce the cost of operating heating and cooling systems. When combined with solar heating it becomes a geo-solar energy system and is even more energy efficient.
The initial cost of a geothermal heat pump is higher than for conventional HVAC systems, but the return on your investment is achieved within a reasonable amount of time. Geothermal will outlast all other systems with a service life of an estimated 25 years for inside components and 50 years plus for exterior ground components. Geothermal is a very good choice for those willing to pay the additional initial cost. The energy savings will continue long after the recovery of your initial investment, and is one reason for its growing popularity in the residential sector.
Central Air Conditioning: Most of today’s central air conditioning is more efficient than even 5 years ago making this a good time for an air conditioning installation. Look for a high SEER or EER rating. ENERGY STAR qualified products provide the best energy efficiency and may qualify for energy tax credits and/or government rebates. Central air provides air conditioning only. A separate heating system such as a furnace will have to be supplied.
The next step in choosing a new heating and air conditioning system is selecting a brand. HVAC warranty will vary between manufacturers, and an extended warranty may be available for some brands but not others. It is also well worth it to look into a homeowners policy that covers all of your homes appliances including existing or the new air conditioning installation. These policies generally repair or replace regardless of the appliances age, and are often well worth the cost. Ask your lender if your mortgage includes homeowner’s appliance insurance.
If you are considering installing an air filtration system, a high efficiency fan or a humidifier, when you are having a new heating and air conditioning installation provided is the best time for these upgrades.
Once you have narrowed your choices to two or three, it isn’t a bad idea to check customer satisfaction surveys on the products. These can be reveal models with reduced reliability.
Finally, talk to your HVAC contractor regarding parts availability for a particular brand, their personal experience with the systems dependability and its effectiveness in your region.
One of the biggest problems in HVAC systems are the installation of a system too large or too small for the home. Many people think a larger than needed system will make their home more comfortable. It won’t and will create a whole new host of problems that you will not want.
Ensure you receive a qualified HVAC contractor for new air conditioning installation. Air conditioning service will only provide for comfort and energy efficiency if a properly sized unit is correctly installed. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s expert technicians are experienced and certified, as well as dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction. When you are in the market for a new professional air conditioning installation for your home give us a call, we will be happy to provide for your air conditioning needs.