Before You Get That New Air Conditioning Unit, Things You Should Know:
When it comes to air conditioning installation, Airprompt Heating / Air Conditioning, Inc has over 20 years of the experience and credentials you’re looking for. We offer a wide variety of quality name brand air conditioning systems for installation in Port Richey, New Port Richey, Clearwater, Spring Hill and Tampa areas, and our highly skilled technicians can handle all manner of jobs, from putting split systems into your new home addition to adding a central air conditioning system to a new commercial building.
Buying New Air Conditioners
Modern air conditioners use up to 50% less energy, for home cooling, than air conditioners made in the mid 1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you can save up to 40%, in energy costs, by replacing it with a new AC unit.
Sizing Air Conditioners
Air conditioners are rated by the number of British Thermal Units (Btus), of heat, that they can remove, from the air, in one hour. Sometimes, AC unit size is referred to by the term “ton,” which is 12,000 Btus per hour.
What size air conditioner should you buy?
AC size depends upon:
How Large is your home?
How many windows does you home have?
Do your windows, walls and roof have more shade or sun on them?
How well insulated is your home?
How airtight is your home?
How many people live in your home?
How much cooking do you do and with what type of fuel?
There are many more elements that come into consideration when factoring the correct size, of the AC unit, that you need.
All of the above factors, should be considered when determining an air conditioner’s efficiency, performance, durability, and initial cost. You must match an ACs size to the load it will be under. Too small, and you will be putting undue strain on the AC unit, too large, and you will have wasted money buying more air conditioning system than you need.
Once again, installing an oversize air conditioner will not provide the best cooling. Buying, an over sized air conditioner, penalizes you in the following ways:
It costs more to buy a larger air conditioner than you need.
An overly large air conditioner cycles on and off more frequently, causing less efficient home energy consumption. This on and off cycling makes the indoor air temperature fluctuate more and results in a less comfortable home environment. Frequent cycling also inhibits humidity control.
In Texas Central, humidity control is essential for acceptable comfort. In addition, this cycling wears out the compressor and electrical parts more rapidly.
A larger air conditioner uses more electricity and creates added demands on electrical generation and delivery systems.
There are two groups; The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
These groups publish information for the procedures for sizing central air conditioners. A reputable air conditioning contractor will use one of these procedures, often performed with the aid of a computer, to size your new central air conditioner.
Air Conditioner Efficiency
Every air conditioner has an energy-efficiency rating that lists how many Btus of heat per hour, are removed from the ambient air, for each watt of electricity it draws.
The efficiency rating, for a room air conditioners, is the Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER.
A central air conditioners, efficiency rating is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER.
Every AC unit, be it central air conditioning or window air conduits, has an Energy Guide Label, which must be conspicuously attached to all new air conditioners. Most air conditioner manufacturers participate in the voluntary EnergyStar® labeling program. EnergyStar-labeled appliances mean that they have high EER and SEER ratings.
Generally, a new air conditioner with a higher EER or SEER will have a higher price tag. However, paying more for an energy-efficient air conditioner. Will pay for itself several times during the life of the ac unit.
Reputable air conditioning contractors allow you to hold the final payment until they are finished, with the job, and your air conditioning system is working correctly.
Don’t make the decision on which ac unit or which air conditioning heating contractor, to use, solely on the basis of price. Your decision should be based upon quality of work, because quality will determine energy cost, comfort, and durability.
Installation and Location of Air Conditioners
Choosing the right installer, after evaluating different air conditioning systems, getting your AC installed correctly and making sure that the company provides air conditioning services for aftermarket needs, will ensure that your AC system will perform efficiently for many years.
Many air conditioners are not installed correctly. As an unfortunate result, the newest energy efficient air conditioners can perform as poorly as the older inefficient models. This is why it is so very important to choose an experienced air conditioning contractor.