A new AC Unit can be a big decision, and one you don’t make often. This makes education about the type and process important to know. It is a large system and effects the comfort (or lack thereof) in your home.
How to determine if the new AC unit is big enough
Before purchasing a new AC unit, it is important that it matches your needs, budget and size requirements. Simply choosing the “biggest” may not be the best choice. A professional HVAC technician takes several things into consideration when giving you new AC unit options.
The technician performs a “load calculation”, looks at your energy usage, considers your specific comfort needs, discusses your budget, reviews rebate options and asks about other factors such as allergens, humidity and more. A quality technician factors all these into the options you are provided so you can make the best decision for your home.
The process for the replacement and/or installation of a new AC unit
The technician will look at whether or not insulation, ductwork, piping, electrical wiring, flue/chimney, drain pans and more are needed. If so, they will explain the overall plan and costs involved, including whether you will need a specific contractor for those items if the HVAC technician will not be providing them. For example, if electrical wiring is needed, an electrician may need to be arranged.
When a new AC unit is installed where one didn’t exist before, or even in areas where there wasn’t AC present previously, duct work becomes a large part of the job. Metal or fiberglass ductwork will need to be installed to deliver air to each room. This duct work needs to be sized properly to ensure adequate amounts of air get into the desired rooms.
Your technician will explain the timeline with you, but most units are installed in 1-3 days.
Other options available with a new AC unit
A professional HVAC technician can advise you on options for your new AC unit including rebates, energy efficiency ratings and warranties. They can also offer products to assist with air quality such as:
If you have a specific concern in regards to your Heating and Cooling system, as well as air quality concerns, ask your technician. They are specialized in these topics and may have solutions you weren’t aware of, that if integrated at the time of replacement and/or installation of a new AC unit, could save you time and money.
Also consider a membership or discount plan for regular preventative maintenance of your new system. Not only will this keep you accountable to regular maintenance, it will extend the life of your new AC unit. In fact, regular maintenance will help your new system to last 12-15 years, on average.
If you are experiencing problems with your current unit and are looking for more information on a new AC unit, give Sunshine Plumbing, Heating & Air a call today.