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Choosing An Air Conditioner

Nothing feels better after a long hot day than coming home to a cool, comfortable home. But air conditioning isn”t only about your comfort. It”s also about your health, your carbon footprint, and your financial investment. Unfortunately, too many people fail to take all of this into consideration when choosing a residential air conditioning system. It really is a huge decision, and it”s one that should never be made without familiarizing yourself with all the options. Whether replacing an existing air conditioning system or installing a whole new system as part of a new construction project, never let cost be the deciding factor. If the system isn”t large enough to condition all of the required space, consumes more energy than a higher efficiency model, or doesn”t have a reputation for quality, the great deal you think you”re getting won”t be such a great deal after all. What should you consider when choosing a residential air conditioner?

Size

Residential air conditioners have different cooling capacities. Although it’s tempting to choose the highest capacity model you can afford, there’s a downside to that. When an A/C unit is too large it may turn on and off more often than necessary. Not only does this waste energy, it can also overburden the unit”s compressor.

Indoor Air Quality

A good air conditioner conditions as well as cools the air. When choosing one, look for air conditioning units that circulate air efficiently and remove indoor pollutants like pet dander, dust, cigarette smoke, skin flakes and more. Be sure you understand the filtration system and how to properly maintain it. For even better indoor air quality, inquire about adding humidifiers, ventilators, and air cleaners to your A/C unit.

SEER

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating and every air conditioner has one. Basically, systems with higher SEERs are more energy efficient. They’re usually more expensive, too. However, that extra efficiency lowers energy costs. Over the long run, higher-efficiency systems make better financial sense. When choosing an A/C unit, always look for the Energy Star designation; a symbol indicating the system meets strict energy usage and emissions guidelines as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If the air conditioning service provider tries to steer you towards a unit with a higher SEER, don’t be suspicious. It’s true that a higher SEER unit may cost more but the energy savings it generates usually saves you money in the long run. In fact, the money you save on your electric bill each year may even be enough to offset the higher initial cost of buying a more energy efficient model.

If you don’t feel comfortable making the choice on your own, get help from a trustworthy company with plenty of experience installing and maintaining residential air conditioners. You”ll be glad you did!

The Benefits of Professional Air Conditioning Service

Whether your air conditioner is brand new or several years old, small or big enough to cool an office park, it requires periodic service. Some service is scheduled and some happens when emergencies arise. Either way, what is most important is knowing someone will provide service when you need it. That’s why you should choose your air conditioning service provider as carefully as you choose your air conditioner. Here are a few ways a professional air conditioning service provider saves you money.

Providing Routine Maintenance

Like any big investment, routine air conditioning maintenance is the key to longevity. When it comes to maintaining your air conditioner, annual service is usually sufficient. During that visit the service provider will perform routine diagnostic tests, check the condition of coils and filters, and perform other tasks as needed. Failure to provide your air conditioner with routine maintenance usually leads to poor performance and energy inefficiency; two situations that can end up costing you more to repair or replace than the cost of providing regular maintenance. Don’t cut corners. Have your air conditioner inspected and maintained annually.

Installing A New Thermostat

The thermostat lets you control the air conditioner’s temperature setting. If you haven’t updated yours to a newer digital model that’s also programmable, it’s time you should. It doesn’t make sense to cool an interior when no one’s around to appreciate it. Having a programmable thermostat lets you raise the temperature when no one’s home and lower it just before everyone returns home. Making this one simple switch can save you nearly $200 each year. Once it’s installed, simply set it and forget it. Saving money doesn’t get any easier!

And That’s Not All

A professional air conditioning service provider can answer all of your questions, replace user manuals and guides, troubleshoot problems, help with warranties and warranty registration, and much much more.

Commercial HVAC System Considerations

You might think that keeping customers comfortable is your HVAC system’s primary purpose. But depending on the type of business you operate, there may be more to consider. If you have employees, their comfort should count too, especially since it helps increase productivity. Your inventory might require a climate-controlled environment and so might your equipment. Let’s take a closer look at some special considerations associated with four different types of commercial HVAC installations.

Restaurants

When you run a restaurant, kitchens and customers shouldn’t mix. But keeping kitchen odors from creeping into customer seating areas can be challenging and expensive. Air quality isn’t the only consideration either. Comfortable temperatures are needed in both areas so customers and employees keep coming back. Efficiency and affordability are other key considerations.

Office Buildings

If the indoor air temperature isn’t comfortable and the air quality isn’t healthy, prospective tenants won’t lease your property. Since achieving both may be costly, choosing the right HVAC system is important. Features to consider include low initial costs, energy efficient chillers, water pumps and cooling towers, and smart controls for more accurate tracking of tenant usage, especially after hours. These features can help reduce tenant turnover and increase operational efficiency.

Industrial

By their very design, manufacturing plants pose a number of HVAC system challenges. To begin with, most consist of different zones that require different temperatures and humidity levels. What works for office employees doesn’t usually work for the stockroom and manufacturing areas. Besides that, every manufacturing plant is designed differently and serves a different purpose. So there are never any one-size-fits-all solution. Achieving maximum efficiency for the lowest upfront, operational and maintenance cost requires a customized solution.

Retail

Customer comfort is the number one goal when it comes to your retail establishment. If customers aren’t happy, they’ll gladly shop elsewhere. But again, different retail zones may require different temperatures to ensure customer satisfaction. The right HVAC solution is one that lets customers linger longer, no matter what part of the store they’re in, without breaking your budget.

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