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What You Need to Know About Installing a New Air Conditioner in Florida
Living in Florida means living in the heat and our A/C Services are here to help. Some of us love it; some of us hate it, but most of us turn to the same solution to deal with it: our air conditioner. The heating and cooling units of Florida homes are indispensable in the lives of Florida residents. Even locals of North Central Florida cities such as Gainesville – to which, thankfully, cooler temperatures occasionally come – live under the summery sun for most of the year and therefore frequently depend upon their air conditioners.
For many of us, our heating and cooling system is a sizable part of our homes and a considerable chunk of our monthly bills. Therefore, altering this system is not something to be taken lightly. As any investment in the temperature regulation system of your house will result in positive or negative consequences in the future, purchasing and installing a new air conditioning unit is a serious decision that you really must not rush. Making the wrong choice is something you literally have to live with as long as you are in the home, as tearing it out and trying again is probably not a sound financial option.
No matter how much money you spend on a new unit at the point of sale, the combined costs of owning a system will always significantly surpass the initial costs of buying it due to the added expenses of monthly bills, maintenance costs, repair services, and eventual replacement. You may have heard that you can enjoy giant savings on your monthly utility bills by upgrading your system, but these savings are actually rare because of all the other factors that go into maintaining energy efficiency in your home. Heating and cooling technology has improved drastically; today, essentially all modern heating and cooling equipment is well made and reliable. However, that does not mean that everyone who buys the latest air conditioning unit gets the maximum amount of energy efficiency out of their system. Sadly, a large number of homeowners do not experience the comfort and financial convenience they paid for with their new heating and cooling setup. Therefore, in order to avoid being one of those people, there are several things you need to consider and check over before and during the installation process of a brand new heating and cooling unit.
The two things you should know about installing a new heating and cooling unit
1. You should purchase heating and cooling equipment in the size that fits your home.
Do not be tempted to get something bigger, because bigger will not be better for your home. Getting an oversized unit will not improve your comfort levels; in fact, it will probably make your home less comfortable. Inexperienced or dishonest contractors will try to convince you to go big, but buying an improperly sized unit will be a waste of both your money and of the power of the unit. It will also cost you more money to maintain, which would defeat the purpose of buying an energy efficient system.
A larger air conditioner will cycle on and off more frequently, which means that it will overwork itself and wear down faster, and during the lessened amount of time that it lives, it will worsen rather than alleviate the preexisting problem of uneven temperatures throughout the home. The shorter life cycles of an oversized unit destroy its potential to meet its laboratory-rated efficiency because these cycles are less fuel-efficient themselves, and this flaw persists throughout both the cooler and warmer seasons of the year. In the summer, a larger unit is especially unsuitable because it will work quickly to cool a space but then shut off before it has addressed its responsibility to reduce humidity.
Even though modern heating and cooling equipment can be very efficient when properly sized, an oversized unit can be painfully inefficient. Therefore, it is essential to know that the unit you are buying is exactly the size that your home requires. Anything else simply will not work.
The good news is that you do not have to figure out the size that would best fit your house by yourself. Air Quality Control will
- Measure the house completely
- Gather all the information about:
- Infiltration rates
- Insulation R-values
- Duct leakage
- Window types
- Calculate how many BTUs per hour your house needs
Air Quality Control will only recommend the size that the calculations come up with;
2. Air Quality Control will regard your house as a system when addressing your heating and cooling needs.
You should work exclusively with an HVAC contractor who knows the science of buildings and will approach the heating and cooling of your house appropriately. The air conditioner is just one component in an entire system of parts that contribute to the heating and cooling of your home, and your contractor needs to consider this system when working in your house, not just the one component. The system is composed of insulation, air leakage, duct leakage, sunlight from the windows, the air flow to bonus rooms, and more, all of which impact the energy efficiency, comfort, healthfulness, and durability of your home. A good contractor will understand the system and will make the right decisions for your unit based on how your house as a whole performs heating and cooling. A good contractor will also perform a thorough inspection that will enable them to assess any problems that the system might have, such as missing or deficient thermal seals and insulation. They should then recommend changes to the house that will resolve heating and cooling issues, and they should be able to promise that these changes will make your home more comfortable while saving you money.
These two facts are key to the preparation of your home, your family, and your wallet for the installation of a new air conditioner, if that is the right step for your heating and cooling system. In order to determine if a new unit is a necessary upgrade for your home, there are several important parts of the heating and cooling system that you should work with Air Quality Control to check before beginning the installation process.