If you need an A/C upgrade this spring, it’s easy to start searching for what’s available by going online. While you can gather information from online resources about different aspects of air conditioners, choosing the kind you want is best done with an HVAC expert at your side because HVAC equipment is probably the most complex and expensive equipment you have in your home.
The first step in choosing your system is determining its size. Going by the label on your existing air conditioner can be misleading, especially if you’ve improved any aspect of your home that relates to its energy efficiency. Even subtle differences like maturing landscaping change the amount of cooling power you need. An HVAC technician uses a formula called Manual J to go through your home and examine the following:
- Insulation levels throughout the home.
- Number of windows, their quality and sun exposure.
- Amount and kind of landscaping.
- Cubic footage of your home.
- Appliances and the heat they produce.
- Ductwork and its efficiency.
- Number of occupants.
- Temperature preferences.
- Outdoor landscaping.
- Homeowners’ lifestyle.
Once the proper tonnage has been determined, the HVAC technician inspects your home for the installation of the A/C upgrade. If changes need to be made to your ductwork, he’ll factor that into the total installation. The wiring may need some changes, as well, since A/C upgrades typically require high-voltage wiring that may need to be added or upgraded. When an HVAC contractor installs the system, your warranty will be valid, along with installation guarantees.
The manufacturer of your new air conditioning system typically requires ongoing maintenance from a licensed HVAC contractor to keep the warranty valid. While you’ll be able to complete some important chores yourself, like filter changes, other kinds of maintenance require an expert since they involve working with high pressure refrigerant and high-voltage wiring. A well-maintained system maintains significantly more energy efficiency throughout its lifetime.
Powers Heating & Air in Peachtree City can help you from start to finish with an A/C upgrade this spring. We service the Fayette and Coweta County areas. Please contact us to learn how we can help you stay cooler this summer.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about A/C upgrades and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.