This isn’t an instructional guide on how to install an air conditioner on your own–that would be ill-advised. Rather, we want to arm you with factors to consider before you pay for an air conditioner to be installed. This could save you time, money, and major headaches!
After all, this is a big investment. Considering that the energy your HVAC systems use accounts for half of all your energy use, that’s a big deal! We want your air conditioner installation to be as painless as possible. So, what is it that you should consider? Read on to find out!
Finding the Right System for Your Specific Needs
Whether you’re replacing an older, inefficient system or this is the first time you’ve ever considered installing anything more than a window unit, you have a lot of options in front of you. Here are just a few:
Central Air Conditioning Systems
Central air conditioners are the most commonly found air conditioning systems around. They’re reliable, and today’s models are much more efficient than those of even just a decade ago.
If you already have ductwork in your home, or if having ductwork installed won’t be a problem, then this can be a great option for you. You will want to consider size, which is why it’s important to have a professional do the installation.
An air conditioner that’s too large, or rather overpowered, for the home that it’s installed in can be just as detrimental to efficiency as a system that’s too small for the home it’s installed in.
Our technicians will perform what’s called a cooling load calculation, looking at a number of specific factors in your home, to determine the proper size and power for your system.
Inverter Air Conditioning Systems
These take the central air conditioner a step further in efficiency. With a standard central air conditioner, there’s two functions–on, or off. When the thermostat reads that the temperature is above your desired temperature, it signals the air conditioner to come on, and it works full blast.
An inverter drive air conditioner, also called a variable speed air conditioner, has two speeds. This type of air conditioner can automatically work at a lower speed when it needs to achieve your desired temperature, and pick up speed when temperatures rise.
Since central air conditioners use the most power starting up, it’s far more efficient to have the AC system continuously running, which happens with an inverter AC.
Ductless systems, as the name implies, do not require ductwork to do their job. They operate on heat pump technology, too, which means that they can not only cool your home efficiently, but heat it as well.
They’re comprised of a single outdoor unit connected to up to 4 indoor air handlers, that can be independently controlled from each other. This makes them the most efficient option of the three mentioned here, for most homes!
Be sure to contact our pros to see what system is best for your specific home and comfort needs.