In terms of air conditioning (AC) replacements, you may think of installing a new version of what you currently have. Although this seems like the right idea, situations may have changed in your house since the last HVAC installation. This means that installing a new version might no longer be an effective option.
Before deciding to replace your AC system, make sure you consider the following:
Have you Renovated or Expanded your Home?
When it comes to AC units, you need to get the right size to save money on energy costs and make sure your unit operates properly. An air conditioning unit that is undersized or oversized won’t cool your house efficiently and might break down frequently.
To determine the appropriate AC size, consider your home’s layout, size, and area. Therefore, if you have constructed a home extension or carried our major renovations, you will have to adjust your AC unit’s size appropriately. But a renovation, which usually means new and better insulation, could have the opposite effect on the capacity of your AC unit. A well-insulated house will experience a significant reduction in its cooling and heating needs. Thus, your AC size goes down. A reputable provider of air conditioning repair service Ottawa should be able to do a load calculation to identify the appropriate AC size you need to get.
Air Conditioner Price and Efficiency
The efficiency of your AC unit is described by its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER rating. A new unit is expected to have a minimum of 13 SEER which means it is 30 percent more efficient than a SEER 10 unit. An older unit usually has SEER 6. Air conditioners that are Energy-Start rated have up to 26 SEER. Such models may cost more than other models; however, depending on energy prices, the money you will save will pay for the unit over the course of its operating life.
Hiring the Right Contractor
Your Vancouver HVAC service professional will work with you every step of the way. That is why picking a reputable company that employs knowledgeable, skilled and experienced technicians is important to ensure the success of your AC installation. An air conditioner that is not properly sized or installed can cost you a lot of money on high energy bills and frequent repairs. Before you select a contractor, ensure they are certified, licensed, and insured. You want a contractor who will take responsibility in case something goes wrong while they do their job.
Do you Need a Repair or Replacement?
Whether you need to repair or replace your AC unit, an experienced HVAC technician can give you the right solution. You can extend the life of your current unit when you get it checked regularly by professionals. Parts such as the heat pump and condenser can be replaced as necessary. These parts often go in older AC units. For each AC repair or replacement job you will need, make sure you ask for an estimate to know whether it is worth repairing the unit or getting a replacement for it.