Eventually, any air conditioner will need to be replaced. But if your unit is not yet near its expected lifespan, and you still feel that it is not performing up to your standards, you might benefit from making one of the following upgrades.
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It’s a fairly stressful time when an air conditioning system breaks down. A hot, humid summer is difficult to get through for very long without a good air conditioner in place. You definitely won’t want to deal with any more AC problems for a long time after you go through the trouble of replacing the unit. That’s why we think you should follow these 3 tips to make sure that the professional air conditioning installation goes as smoothly as possible.
If you haven’t scheduled air conditioning maintenance yet today, now is the time. The weather is finally heating up, and a maintenance visit may do wonders for your home comfort in the spring and summer. Tasks such as changing the air filter are an important part of maintenance, but only professionals can handle some of the more difficult parts of the process. Find out what a professional AC maintenance visit can do for your system.
How long has your air conditioner been a part of your home? 10 years? 15? Many homeowners aren’t even sure of the age of their AC unit, especially if it was a part of the home at the time of purchase. So how can you tell that the air conditioner needs to go? Pay attention to the signs discussed in this guide, and learn how to weigh the benefits of a new AC versus a costly repair.
A brand new air conditioning system can provide you with greater comfort, more energy savings, and advanced features which your older unit did not have. But an improperly installed air conditioning system will not do you any good at all. Make sure your air conditioning system runs properly and efficiently for years to come by following these tips.
The days are warming up, and soon enough it will be time to think about switching on your air conditioning once again. Many homeowners in our area do not have any ducts in the home already, which means that we sometimes have to find alternative ways to have whole-home air conditioning in the house. While installing ducts in the home is certainly an option, wouldn’t it be nice to find an efficient, ductless, whole-home solution instead? Here are 3 good reasons to consider installing a ductless mini-split today.
1. Ducts Can Develop Leaks Easily
One of the problems with the traditional ductwork layout is that ducts are susceptible to holes and cracks that can seriously affect the performance of a forced-air AC system. Experts at the US Department of Energy estimate that the typical ductwork system in the United States loses up to 30% of the heated or cooled air that moves through it, resulting in greater energy spending.
2. Installation Takes Less Time and Hassle
Installing new ductwork involves major home renovations which take up your time and result in some annoying inconveniences. Installing a ductless mini split, on the other hand, only involves drilling a hole in the wall to feed through a conduit holding the refrigerant line and the electrical wiring. One outdoor compressor unit (like that of a conventional home air conditioning system) can hold up to 4 indoor air handlers, which are mounted high up on the walls in different zones of the home.
3. Built-In Zone Control!
A final reason to install a ductless mini-split is the built-in zone control. While you most likely need to purchase several indoor air handlers to blow cool air throughout the house, each unit also comes with its own thermostat. You can control all of the handlers at once from a single master thermostat or you can control any individual unit separately from the others. This means no arguments from family members about the temperature in their own rooms, as they can set this on their own. And you can save some money by shutting off indoor air handlers in rooms that are not in use.
Call the experts at Air Mechanical, Inc. for ductless air conditioning installation in Andover, MN and the surrounding areas.
If you have decided to replace an aging and inefficient air conditioning system, then you’ve already taken the most important step toward making your new AC better than the old one. Your new system will have a fresh start, without any wear and tear to impair its performance.
However, there are other ways to make certain that this new air conditioning installation in Mounds View, MN provides superior performance and energy-efficiency than the unit it will replace. Here are three ideas from our staff at Air Mechanical, Inc. for how to make this next AC a major step up in quality for home comfort and energy savings.
1. Install a high-efficiency system with better SEER
SEER, “seasonal energy efficiency,” is the standard measure of energy efficiency for all air conditioning systems. The higher the SEER number, the less energy the AC drains to provide cooling. Check on the SEER for your current system. If it’s between 12–16, there is definitely room for improvement. Some high efficiency systems have 22 SEER! The higher the SEER on a unit, the more it will cost to install initially. However, if you factor in your potential energy savings over the next 10 to 15 years, you may find that a higher SEER will cost much less in the long run.
2. Install zone controls along with the new AC
Zone control systems permit you to divide your home into separate “zones” (as many as you need) whose temperatures you can manipulate individually You no longer need to cool down the whole home each time you switch the air conditioning on—and that means an increase in savings on your utility bills. Zone control also permits people in your home to adapt the temperature to suit their needs wherever they are through local thermostats. Installers can put the zone controls into your ventilation system as part of the AC installation.
3. Update your thermostat
People often don’t realize how much a thermostat can make or break an air conditioner. If you have an old thermostat, such as a manual model or an older digital model, from your previous AC, you should definitely upgrade to a superior model when the new air conditioning is put in. A programmable thermostat will give you better control over the temperatures and save money, while the next level in wireless thermostats will put the comfort of your home in the palm of your hand: you can operate the air conditioner from your smart phone, anywhere you have reception. A new AC isn’t complete without a new thermostat to make the most out of it.
Ask our specialists at Air Mechanical, Inc. for more ideas on how to upgrade your AC.
When you have new air conditioning installation in Mounds View, MN, go the extra distance so that you have increased comfort and decreased bills for many years to come.
So, it’s time to install a new air conditioner in your Stillwater home and you’re pretty sure there just isn’t enough room in the walls or ceilings to place the necessary ductwork. No problem. There is a rapidly evolving technology that allows you to have air conditioning without ductwork. It’s called mini-split ductless air conditioning and it relies on individual units placed in key locations around your house. Here’s how they work.
The first step is to install a central unit. This is your compressor and condenser and is usually placed outside like the core of a central AC system. These units range between 15,000 and 40,000 BTUs depending on how much cooling your home needs and will support up to 4 zones within your house.
Once the central unit is installed, smaller room-sized units are placed throughout your house. These units are designed for between 9,000 and 18,000 BTU spaces and are usually placed high on the wall of your room to distribute cooled air. The smaller units are connected to the main unit by refrigerant lines that are run up the side of your house (or inside if you want them out of the elements).
Because each indoor unit is individual and has its own thermostat, you save electricity by having direct control over each part of your home. In fact, the average ductless split system uses something like 30% less electricity than a standard air conditioning system.
Is it Right for You?
This is the most common question we hear and to be honest, it really depends on your needs. If you have a large house – we’re talking 3,000 square feet or bigger, a multi-zone ductless system may not provide enough cooling on its own. Most systems only support up to 4 individual units and therefore cannot cool massive spaces. However, if you have a smaller home, or more importantly have no space for ductwork, these systems are much more efficient than installing multiple window units.
For more information about which air conditioning system to install in your Stillwater home, give Air Mechanical Heating, Cooling & Plumbing a call!