Upgrade & Replacement
So you’ve decided to replace your old unit with a new, high-efficiency air conditioner. The most important task now is a proper selection and installtion of your new technology. If you want your system to work at the highest SEER rating and last for a long time, a proper install is the most important thing you can do.
Below, we discuss some common issues with new installations.
Heat Gain/Loss Calculation Available
When you decide it’s time for a complete new system, we offer technology to analyze your home and input this data into our HVAC design software that will yield the appropriate system size and design, that is both optimized for efficiency and comfort.
All homes are different and have special design considerations. Many contractors will try to use “Rule of Thumb” equations, but these are at best, just a guess.
This is a crucial element, considering that as many as 80% of homes have an oversized Air Conditioning system. An oversized system will cool the air too quickly and will not dehumidify air adequately. If the air is too humid, you will need to select a cooler temperature to feel comfortable as opposed to having a properly sized unit that properly dehumidifies the air. An oversized system will also cycle ON/OFF more frequently which could reduce system life. Further, it cost more money to run a larger unit, thus wasting more money.
We’ll inspect and evaluate your ductwork and air returns
As mentioned earlier, if you have leaky ducts and undersized return air ducts, your new system will not achieve anywhere near the advertised efficiency values. Surprisingly, approximately 40% of residential homes have undersized return air ducts! Just like you need fresh air to breathe, so does your HVAC system.
If there is not enough air available, it essentially “chokes” your system and creates a multitude of problems and performance issues. If your ductwork is old and non-insulated, it most likely will need sealed, repaired or replaced with insulated R-6 or R-8 ducting.
Have one of these?
If your air conditioner or furnace looks like these, then it may be time to replace it!
Filters & Fine Tuning
We’ll evaluate your air filtering needs
According to the American Lung Association ®, indoor air pollution poses a threat to respiratory health and everyone should consider doing what they can to improve the quality of indoor air. Whole house air cleaners have been shown to minimize the ill effects of indoor air pollutants, such as dust, pet dander, pollen, and chemicals, as well as reduce airborne viruses and bacteria. We are experienced in air quality evaluation and can help you assess your family's indoor air quality needs.
Install and regulate your new system for optimum performance.
The following graph demonstrates how important a quality installation is. We’ll insure proper levels of refrigerant and airflow across the coil. We’ll balance the ductwork for proper air delivery. We’ll program your thermostat to meet your family’s needs.
After the installation
We’ll show you how to program your thermostat. Or, we would be happy to do it for you. We’ll demonstrate how to replace the air filters and discuss any other maintenance or operating tips that help your system work at peak performance. We’ll leave all documents and user manuals.
If you ever have a question or problem, please don't hesitate to contct us. If you are part of Maintenance Agreement, you'll enjoy priority scheduling for biannual tune-ups and maintenance.