Air Conditioning Replacement – Important Considerations
Have you given any thought to getting a new air conditioner for this summer? An air conditioning replacement sure would make the house comfortable, now wouldn’t it? But don’t make the common mistake of assuming that upgrading to a more recent model of the air conditioning system you already have is the best option. It is especially important to consider how your conditions and needs have changed when purchasing a new air conditioning system. And there are other considerations that can help you save money and ensure your continued contentment with the new system.
You might find that the best option for you is a system that is either larger or smaller than what you currently have, or one that utilizes a different kind of HVAC technology altogether.
As you start your search, here are some things you should keep in mind. Make sure to provide the HVAC contractors you are thinking of hiring with all of the pertinent information.
Here are six questions that will assist you in selecting the most suitable air conditioning replacement system.
1. Are your living conditions not very comfortable?
Have you been putting up with wildly varying temperatures throughout your space, with some areas being uncomfortably hot and others uncomfortably cold? Or excessive levels of humidity? What about the drafts and the loud noise from the AC?
If this is the case, you absolutely need an evaluation of your space, and there is a good chance that you require modifications to the HVAC design or a different kind of system.
For instance, if you have a problem with uneven cooling and an excessive amount of humidity, you might find that you have an oversized air conditioner. Alternately, you might need to make some adjustments or additions to the ductwork.
2. Has the way the space is utilized been altered?
Your requirements for heating and cooling will be greatly influenced by how you plan to use your space. If the way in which your space is currently utilized has changed since the previous air conditioning system was installed, then there is a good chance that you will require a new air conditioning system that is designed differently. For illustration’s sake, the kitchen of a restaurant almost certainly requires the installation of a makeup air unit. It’s possible that a supplemental ductless mini-split unit will be required in a computer room in order to provide additional cooling for heat-generating technology.
If you don’t base your decision on how you’re currently utilizing the space, you’re setting yourself up to be disappointed and uncomfortable with the replacement air conditioning system you choose.
3. Have you recently renovated your space?
Since the installation of your previous air conditioning system, has your space undergone any renovations? Do you currently have a construction project that requires you to replace your current air conditioning system?
Your air conditioning load requirements are impacted in a variety of ways, including when you gain space, lose space, or reorganize the same space. It’s possible that you’ll require a system with a different amount of cooling capacity (bigger or smaller). If you have a ducted system, you will almost certainly need to make adjustments to the design of your ductwork.
Because you run the risk of being dissatisfied with the results, you shouldn’t let a building contractor choose your new system solely on the basis of what you already have. If the capacity of your system is too large, it will cycle on and off frequently and have a difficult time removing humidity from the air. If it’s not big enough, it won’t be able to keep up with the space’s cooling demands and will have to run continuously.
Instead, hire a professional in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning such as Air Check Mechanical Service to assess your space, figure out the appropriate load requirements, and advise you on exactly what you require for your air conditioning replacement system.
4. When you replace the HVAC equipment, should you do it all at once?
Some varieties of air conditioning and heating systems share components, such as air handlers, blowers, and ducted distribution systems. These can be found in both types of systems. In such a scenario, it is prudent to give some thought to the possibility of replacing the heating and cooling equipment at the same time, especially in the case of old or heavily used equipment.
It is possible to run into complications if you replace just one component of a system that was intended to function in tandem, such as one that combines heating and air conditioning. Components that are not compatible with one another can lead to breakdowns, uncomfortable conditions, and higher energy bills.
5. Do you have problems with the air quality?
If you are concerned about the quality of the air in your home, you may want to look into HVAC add-ons that can help improve air quality, such as extra filtration systems or UV air purifiers.
6. Would you like to lower your monthly energy bills?
The fact that the cost of energy is relatively high in Southeast Houston is not a closely guarded secret. If you are hoping to cut those costs by installing a replacement air conditioning system that is newer and more energy efficient, it is in your best interest to give careful consideration to which one you select.
It is a good idea to begin by looking at the ratings for the energy efficiency of air conditioners. However, if you have the option of going with thermostats that are easy to program or can invest in home automation systems, it can help quite a lot. In either case, programming those controls to optimal settings based on the hours you are at home can significantly reduce the amount of money you spend on utility bills.
from Air Check Mechanical Service