April 25, 2019 Uncategorized

Summer is only a few weeks away, and you should look for ways to effectively beat the scorching heat. Our goal here at Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning is to make your home completely comfortable in the most energy-efficient ways.

For this reason, we partnered with world-class manufacturers such as Lennox Industries to give the best comfort solutions for your home, including central air conditioners. We are the preferred HVAC company in Blaine MN, offering a wide variety of Lennox-branded air conditioners.

An air conditioner has a typical lifespan between 10-15 years, depending on usage and quality of maintenance. If your existing cooling system is around that age, you should think about upgrading it to a new one.

Here are factors to consider before purchasing a brand-new air conditioner.

Your Home’s Square Footage

Before even shopping around for brands and efficiency ratings, you should have an idea of the square footage of the space you want to cool. Keep in mind that you should only get the measurements of the actual areas you want to receive conditioned air. This means that you do not have to include the garage or a shop area unless you intend to cool those sections.

Proper Sizing

An important factor you need to consider is the size of the system you want to be installed. When it comes to home comfort systems, bigger is not always better. Correctly sizing your air conditioner is more important than you might think. You need a system that has enough cooling power to keep your home at just the right comfort levels.

When an air conditioner is too small, it cannot provide enough cooling, it is unable to distribute even temperatures, and more distant rooms will be hotter than the others. The unit will have to run longer than it should, trying to compensate for its insufficient cooling power. As a result, your utility bills will be significantly higher and the system will breakdown prematurely.

On the other hand, when an air conditioner is too large, it will often short cycle, meaning, it will lower the temperature in the nearest rooms so rapidly that the thermostat will determine it as a complete cycle and turn off the compressor too quickly. The compressor will then turn back on only to shut down again. These repeated start-stop cycles waste a lot of energy without reaching your desired comfort levels.

The ENERGY STAR® Seal of Approval

Established in 1992, ENERGY STAR® is a program overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy that supervises the energy-efficiency standards of appliances. In order to receive the seal of approval, manufacturers have to submit their appliances for testing by the EPA. Each category has a threshold of acceptance that devices must meet in order to be considered ENERGY STAR® compliant.

ENERGY STAR®-approved products are the same or better than standard products, only they use less energy. To earn the ENERGY STAR label, furnaces must meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the US Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. Department of Energy. Since they use less energy, these products save you money on your electricity bill and help protect the environment by causing fewer harmful emissions from power plants. And you get the features and quality you expect.

The EPA began evaluating the impact of their program nearly two decades ago. Here are some of the actual amount of savings achieved by ENERGY STAR® appliances:

  • By 2007, U.S. households saved more than $16 billion on utility bills by using ENERGY STAR® appliances
  • In 2012, business saved as much as $50 billion on their utilities
  • In 2015, a consumer survey showed that 78 percent of people who purchased an ENERGY STAR® product were likely to recommend these products to a friend

Ask the HVAC Experts

There are other things you need to consider before deciding on a particular air conditioner. To ensure you are buying the right model, call our specialists at Marsh Heating an Air Conditioning. Our HVAC professionals are highly trained and certified to determine which comfort system fits your needs. For over four decades, we have been the preferred Columbia Heights heating and air conditioning contractor of our valued clients.