When installing a cooling system it is best to call a licensed HVAC contractor to handle the job. There are complicated factors involved in the installation process. First, ductwork should be considered if you have it. The last thing you want to do is put a hole in your ductwork and have higher energy bills.
Refrigerant in a system makes things tricky too. Adding improper amounts of refrigerant damage the system. You need someone who knows what they are doing. Also, handling refrigerant requires a license. Do you really want to study and be certified in that?
Another element of AC installation is the after care with it. After the AC is set up, it needs to be maintained over time. DIY AC installation always follows with big AC repairs quickly coming around. The last thing a homeowner wants to deal with is an immediate AC repair. Most HVAC businesses will put the system under a warranty and the repairs will be free! I say it is worth doing that!
When my husband and I bought our new home, we knew AC installation was the next step. After research online proved to be less than helpful, we choose to simply call our local AC business. The receptionist was amazing and knowledgeable. However, I proved to need even more help and scheduled a free consultation with the HVAC technician on staff.
The HVAC contractor that came to our home was amazing. He went over what business practices his company stands by. He told us all about their 24 hour emergency service, maintenance plans and warranty coverage. He then took a lap around the house checking out what we could do AC wise. Since there were already existing ducts in the home, the technician campaigned for us to hook up a central air conditioning system to it. He said the installation would be easier, faster and less money because we had such a good starting frame.
The guy then took measurements of our house to decide the right sizing on the AC unit. The guy explained that some companies pad up the numbers and sell people larger AC units. The technician makes more money but it is actually a detriment to the home. Larger AC systems power on and off rapidly due to how easy it is to achieve whole home temperature control. The powering on and off costs more than just keeping AC on at a steady stream. The house doesn’t feel as cold either. I was so relieved to hear this and know that we picked an honest company and a trustworthy HVAC expert to work with us!
My husband and I bought our dream home, but sadly our dream came with no HVAC. Since the summer season was around the corner, the two of us really just wanted to get an air conditioner for now. After research proved to be just too overwhelming, I finally called up a local HVAC company for assistance.
Calling the professionals for help was such a good idea! I expected to be put on hold for a long time with an automated voice telling me how important my call was. Instead I spoke to a friendly, live representative from the company. The woman on the phone was so sweet and knowledgeable. She asked if the house had existing ductwork and told me that I could hook a new central air conditioning system to that or just close off the vents and choose a ductless mini split. Which one is the better option?
The girl went further into detail the pros and cons of each system. I could get whole home temperature control with using central air conditioning. I already had the ductwork so the installation setup process will be quick. However, ductless mini splits mean that I can have zone control. Each room can have its own air handler and thermostat. I could set the rooms differently based on where the sun is or where I am in the house. Zone control saves energy and ups comfort! I was still wishy washy even after all that information. The woman was so great and transferred me to a HVAC contractor in order to learn even more. If you want to know what the HVAC contractor said, check out my next blog post titled, Getting the expert’s opinion.
If you have read my latest blog post, you know that I did a lot of research before getting my unit. Once I had a ductless mini split installed, I fell in love. I got a smart thermostat to go with my unit and I really enjoy that too. The smart thermostat makes this already wonderful device even more amazing. Any wifi operated product like an ipad, smartphone, or computer can hook up to the smart thermostat app. That means I can be in my office on the computer and alter the heating and cooling program on my mini split if I want.
Since wifi is literally everywhere, I am able to go on vacation now and not worry about the HVAC. I can alter the settings from a beach resort, a swanky cafe or even in the rental car while on a trip. If the weather suddenly turns sweltering or cold, I can check out the indoor temperature and adjust accordingly. It is so nice and stress free doing this!
Another benefit of owning a smart thermostat is that my thermostat has learned what I like. Not only does it automatically sense when I am in the room and turn on, but the thermostat has learned my cooling behaviors in the summer. The thermostat knows when I want AC for working out and to power off when I am done. It has learned from my weekly adjustments. I hardly touch the device anymore. It even is saving me money by telling me energy efficient temperatures to set!
If your system has ductwork, have you thought about getting ductwork cleaning or sealing? Ductwork accounts for 30% of energy consumption. What happens when the ductwork has a tear along the seam or a hole in the middle of it? The home energy bills significantly go up. The HVAC system works longer, harder hours since the temperature controlled air is literally flying out the door. Trust me, you will know when your ductwork has a leak. The home won’t be the right temperature and the bills will be through the roof. Get a HVAC contractor to perform ductwork sealing. It is an easy, non invasive procedure that saves a homeowner a lot of money. In the end too, most HVAC companies offer a five year guarantee that their sealant will hold up or they will come back for free.
What about the ductwork sealing? Not only is dirty ductwork bad for the air quality, it is no good for the system either. Any part of the HVAC system with dust is sluggish, tired and more likely to produce inferior results. Every 5-7 years make it a point to clean out your air ducts.
For those of you who are thinking about getting a new A/C system for your home, you might want to consider opting for a ductless mini-split air conditioner. There are many reasons why this would be a beneficial choice for you. First of all, you don’t have to worry about using a system of ductwork. Because you lose a great deal of energy just by having to rely on a ductwork system, eliminating the need for that will result in excellent energy savings. There is also the added benefit of HVAC zone control with a ductless mini-split air conditioner. You will have mounted A/C units all around your household in strategic areas for the ultimate cooling satisfaction. With individual temperature controls on each A/C unit, you can keep certain areas cooler than others and save significantly on your energy bills. Ductless mini-split A/C units are also far more energy efficient than window A/C units and they don’t block your precious window space. Now you can cool down your household without using the ductwork and also without blocking the views from the windows. One major thing that I really love about ductless mini-split A/C units is the fact that they require less maintenance from your HVAC company. You must clean the A/C condenser unit at least once per month, but other than that, the maintenance is not very costly. Another great reason to get the ductless mini-split A/C unit is to improve the air quality in your home. When you don’t use the ductwork system any longer where all kinds of dust and debris accumulates, naturally your air quality will be better.
If you happen to live in a place where it gets really hot, then you know that it’s important to have A/C. The thing is, it can be difficult to choose which A/C unit or system is right for you. You really have to think about a few living factors when it comes to choosing a good A/C unit or system:
- Do you own or rent your property?
- Do you have a lot of windows?
- Will you need to move your A/C from room to room?
If you own your property, you can actually improve the value of your household. This is why it’s a great idea to invest in a quality A/C system. You can feel confident that you will have an air conditioner that makes you comfortable and will allow you to sell your home for more money down the road. It’s always a good idea to make investments in your home.
If you rent a property, you’ll typically have to go through a landlord to see about improving the residence. You might live in an apartment that doesn’t even have A/C and perhaps the landlord made you sign a lease that says they only take care of the heating equipment. In a case like this, it would be a wise move to opt for a portable A/C unit or a window A/C unit. It really depends on how many windows you have in your residence and if you wish to move your A/C unit around for your cooling needs.
The previous summer I concluded the time had come to get fit as a fiddle. I am not one to life weights or run normally and I don’t possess a ton of energy for it. I figured lifting and working out was the most ideal for me and choosing an activity plan would allow me to shed a few pounds. I started my workout in the early fall. I wasn’t really awful about sticking with the routine by any stretch of the imagination. As time went on and it got hotter outside, I wound up attempting to workout even more and trying to run home from the gym. I would drink a great deal of water prior and then afterward however was constantly incredibly hot when the run was finished. One especially sweltering morning I didn’t know I was going to make it home without dropping. I had worked out for hours and it was just too much for me. I realized I needed to make it home so I could be cool inside my home. I chose to toughen up and start running. I was hardly moving and felt like I may pass out at any moment. I could feel each progression and garments were drenching wet with sweat, which made them all the heavier.
At the point when I at long last made it to my home, I could feel the surge of cold air when I opened the front entryway. I remained there for a second, making the most of my little triumph. I removed my shoes and lurched to the love seat. I crumbled on it and laid still while my body chilled. I could feel the air blowing over me and it felt so great. I don’t have the foggiest idea about a period I was more joyful to be home and so joyful to feel that cool breeze of air conditioning on my skin.
I work in a little office with a lot of cubicles and staff. Our manager’s office is associated with the primary workspace and is connected through a small hallway and glass door. One day our manager left his office trickling in sweat and griping about the temperature in the facility. We all agreed that it was extremely hot and helped him examined the issue. We concluded there was an issue with the heater and that it likely should have been replaced years ago. Our supervisor is continually attempting to save money on business expenses so he can get a big bonus at the end of the yea, so he said he would deal with it himself first. Presently, our supervisor is a quite shrewd person and we all laughed at the thought of him for attempting to fix it himself. He has no business working on heaters or any other HVAC unit. Rather than calling the HVAC company for the work, he chose to mess around with the heater himself. Whatever he did wound up exacerbating things. The heater began making terrible commotions and the office seemed to get much hotter. He kept on trying to fix it for in a while but had no luck. At long last, we all decided enough was enough and Emily in accounting called the HVAC organization. They came to the workplace and began chipping away at the heater. They assured us that it was only a little issue but since my supervisor had been messing around with it, they also had to fix the things he had messed up. They brought in the necessary parts and continued to make the repairs until finally a burst of cool air filled the room. We were all relieved and went right back to work. We still laugh at our boss trying to make the repairs himself.
When you go to the beach you expect the winter to be warm or even hot. What you don’t expect is to wake up in the middle of the night with ice on your nose. I was appreciating a gentle fall and trusting that winter wouldn’t be too brutal when I took off for my favorite beach. I checked in with the sun shining and fell asleep quickly because I was so tired. I woke up freezing cold. I peered out my window and couldn’t accept what I was seeing. There was snow everywhere, even on the sand. I immediately ran down to the beach to see if it was real. The water was like ice.
I ran back to my room and turned on the heater. It didn’t come on right away. I heard the HVAC unit kick on and figure it would be quite a while before I really felt the warmth. Incredibly within an hour, my hotel was heating up. I fell asleep, but a few hours later work up cold again.
The unit had shut off and this time it would not come on. I called down to the front desk and they said that other rooms had similar problems. However, they had an emergency HVAC service program. The technician came to my room quickly, repaired the heating system and was on his way. I fell back asleep and slept cozy. The next day I ran down to the beach to play in the snow. How many people get to say they have done that?