Considering a new AC system install? Here are 7 things to consider first.
1. Consider the size.
The size of the unit is key to the “big three” benefits hat your AC should be delivering: that’s comfort, efficiency and longevity. If the unit is running constantly, it is too small and will fail to cool your house enough in very hot weather. If the unit starts and stops frequently, it is too large and uses a lot of electricity.
Both problems will wear out a unit prematurely. We can conduct load testing to determine the correct size of unit – also taking into account other factors once we take a look at your home or business.
2. Find out more about your air quality.
You already know that quality of air is a critical component when it comes to comfort – and when it comes to our heath and well-being. Adjusting the airflow is important, to provide appropriate cooling to all rooms in your house. If this has been a problem, or you suspect it’s a problem, tell the experts at Greater Comfort so we can test and adjust your ducts to assure smooth airflow. We can help you find the right system of air quality control devices to bring you greater quality of air.
3. Look for ductwork that works.
Good ductwork is an essential part of the system. Leaks can waste energy and slow cooling. Your installer can seal or replace leaky ductwork to increase efficient cooling.
4. Don’t forget about your coolant.
New units do not use the traditional coolant, R22 (known as Freon). Freon-based units have not been produced since 2010, and new units use the more environmentally-friendly R410A. The price of Freon has increased greatly, so it may be smarter to replace your AC unit than to keep replacing leaking Freon. Experts can guide you through this process to make sure you are informed and all your questions are answered.
5. Consider the alternatives.
Today, you do not need vents to add air conditioning to your home. Traditionally, if you had radiators instead of a forced-air furnace, you had to install a full-house system of venting, or settle for window AC units. With a new ductless “mini-split” air conditioner you need only indoor air handlers, with no renovation (except a small hole in the wall to connect the outdoor and indoor units).
6. Set it and leave it!
If your thermostat is working adequately you can keep it, and save the cost of a new one. But in the long run, if you upgrade to a programmable thermostat, you can save money and not worry about adjusting the thermostat daily. Programmable thermostats will also save you money – while ensuring comfort – in the long-run. This is something that should be taken into consideration before getting any new system.
7. Do the math.
Other factors aside, here’s a common test you can use in order to decide whether to repair or replace your current air conditioner. Multiply the age of the unit (in years) by the repair cost. If that exceeds $5000, replace the unit. For example, if your unit is 8 years old, and the repair cost is $700 or more, it may be time for a replacement. We can help you do the math to make sure you are saving money with any investment made.
Call the Experts at Greater Comfort to Learn More
If you’re exploring the idea of an AC install knowing your system will need an upgrade or replacement, if you’re just doing preliminary research, or if you need a new unit immediately, we have you covered. We’ve installed, maintained and repaired more than 25,000 HVAC systems in our 28-year history. Give the experts at Greater Comfort a call today at 859-491-4915 today.