A lot has changed in air conditioning technology in recent years. Innovations have made it possible for manufacturers to build AC units that are tremendously more efficient than they used to be. Regulations have changed, too, requiring manufacturers to keep their standards high. And even the method used to measure AC efficiency has been updated! What does all this mean? Well, the bottom line is that when you get a new air conditioner, you’ll be paying less each month to operate it, but there are still a wide variety of options available. The new energy-efficiency rating system for AC units is called SEER2. Here’s the lowdown on what SEER2 is and how you’ll benefit from having an AC unit with a high SEER2 rating.
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Our temperatures have finally cooled enough that we can give our air conditioners a bit of a break. Hopefully, yours has served you well throughout the long and hot summer months and even into fall and winter. As spring approaches, however, if you’re considering replacing your old AC system, now is the time.
In the most ideal situations, your aging air conditioner will break down at the end of the cooling season, when you don’t need it as much and when our HVAC technicians aren’t likely to be out on similar service calls. Of course, life doesn’t always work that conveniently, which is why it’s important that you know the signs that an Navarre Beach, FL air conditioner replacement might be necessary, soon!
Northwest Florida residents are no strangers to hot weather. Their air conditioners have to work much harder than that of residents in other parts of the country. That being said, you may be facing a tough decision regarding your air conditioner, if it performed poorly last cooling season.
An air conditioning system is not something you should attempt to fix on your own. Not only could you possible do more harm than good, you need to keep your safety in mind as well. Leave it up to a technician’s recommendation and your budget to decide if your aging system should have a repair done or if it makes more sense to replace the unit.
Right now, the only thing that starts with “R2” that you’re probably thinking about is R2-D2. We don’t blame you, since we’re excited about the new Star Wars film as well… and it’s opening in only 11 days from now! (Not that we’re counting down or anything.)
When the summer season starts to wind down is an ideal time to have an old air conditioning system replaced with a new one. AC technicians usually have less busy schedules when the temperatures start to cool, and they can make easy arrangements to put in the new air conditioner. You’ll then know that the system is ready to go for any of those surprise hot days that can pop up in Florida even during the winter.
This is a follow-up on last week’s post, where we discussed ways to tell if you air conditioning system was due to retire and have a replacement put in. If you believe that the time has come to install a new air conditioner, you have many options aside from the conventional split system AC. You could have a heat pump installed, or try a ductless mini split system.
Or… what about a geothermal system? It might not have occurred to you, but a geothermal heat pump is a viable alternative for cooling in many homes. Let’s take a closer look it.
Florida has a very long cooling season when air conditioners run during most days. All the stress that ACs undergo in our hot and humid climate means that we must take special care of them so they will have the longest service lives possible and provide the best return on our original investment in them.
For decades, the standard for central air conditioning in homes has been a split system: an AC that runs using an indoor and outdoor cabinet, where the indoor unit absorbs heat and sends the cooled air into a ventilation system, and the outdoor unit exhausts the heat. If your current air conditioning system is nearing the end of its lifespan, you are probably planning to replace it with a similar type of system.
But wait: you have more choices today for home comfort than a basic air-source split system AC. You will find many exciting options at Kool Breeze if you’re interested in something different for your air conditioning replacement in Navarre, FL. We have helped homeowners throughout Northwest Florida receive excellent cooling since 1986. Call us today to schedule an appointment to go over some of your choices for air conditioning:
On the surface, a heat pump appears to no different than a regular split air conditioner: indoor unit, outdoor unit, absorb heat from inside, release it outside. But the heat pump has an exciting difference, which is that it can make the indoor and outdoor units swap jobs. This means it can also bring heat into your house and work as an effective heating system during cold weather. If you are also planning to replace an older furnace in your home along with the air conditioner, a heat pump is a terrific option.
Would you like to eliminate the need for ducts in your home entirely because you are planning a remodel or add-on room? Then consider having a ductless mini split installed. Instead of using a single indoor cabinet, a ductless mini split uses multiple smaller air handlers mounted around the rooms of a house. These air handlers connect to the outdoor unit and send cooled air directly into the rooms—no ductwork required.
You don’t need to use the air as a source for heat exchange. You can instead rely on the stable temperature of the ground. A geothermal heat pump absorbs heat from the air inside your house, and then deposits it in the ground using buried loops. Geothermal systems endure for many years and work at superior efficiency to standard ACs and heat pumps, saving you money and helping the environment at the same time.
If any of these choices for cooling interest you, call the team at Kool Breeze today. Let us see to it that your air conditioning replacement in Navarre, FL is professionally done, no matter what system you pick.
As summer deepens in Florida, you may start to consider replacing your aging air conditioner with a new system that has superior performance and energy-efficiency. This is a big decision, and it requires thinking over a number of important factors. Here are the 3 most important things you should consider when you are in the market for air conditioning replacement in Pensacola Beach, FL.
You don’t need to worry about making this decision on your own: with the help of the professionals at Kool Breeze, you will soon be on your way to the best cooling for your home for this summer and the many summers after.
1. Is your old air conditioning system ready for replacement?
In other words: “Do you actually need an air conditioning replacement yet?” You don’t want to schedule a replacement if there are targeted professional repairs that can keep your current system running for a few more years without a significant loss of efficiency. If your air conditioning system is still a few years below its estimated lifespan, call for a technician to look into repair possibilities when the AC begins to malfunction. The technician can tell you if it is worth it to pay for repairs or not. In general, if it costs more than $500 per year in repairs to keep a cooling system operating, then it isn’t worthwhile maintaining it, and you should schedule a replacement.
2. Do you want to replace the AC with a different type of system?
You have more options for air conditioning replacement today than to simply have a standard central AC installed. You can choose to have a heat pump put in instead, which will give you both air conditioning and heating. Another possibility is a ductless mini split system, which bypasses the need for ductwork. Not every home is suited for these options, so consult with installers about the choices available to you and which ones are the most suited for your home and budget plans.
3. How large and powerful a system do you need?
Please note we didn’t write “How large and powerful a system do you want?” Each home has specific requirements for cooling it, and an AC that is either too large or too small for the space will end up wasting energy and providing insufficient comfort. To properly size a system, you must know the heating and cooling load requirements for your home, and this takes the help of professional installers. Before choosing a new system, have the installers perform a heat load calculation to determine the BTUs in cooling necessary to provide you with comfort.
At Kool Breeze, we know that considering air conditioning in Pensacola Beach, FL can be intimidating: you want to make sure that you have the best AC possible for the humid summers. You can trust our staff to help you make the right decisions, the same way they have helped other homeowners since 1986.
Give us a call today and speak with our qualified team of AC experts to schedule an appoint with us.