June 27, 2019 Uncategorized

If you’re one of the people who turned their old air conditioner on for the first time this year and found out it is no longer capable of making you comfortable, you have come to the right place. Old conditioners often cost more to operate, maintain, and finding replacement parts is definitely a challenge.

Buying a new air conditioner can be overwhelming, given the technological advancements in recent years. That’s why Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning, your trusted HVAC company in Plymouth MN, offers you tips on how to make the right AC purchase.

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)

Contrary to what many believe, buying the highest SEER air conditioner doesn’t always guarantee value for money. SEER is a means of evaluating the efficiency of an air conditioner. While it’s true that the higher the SEER value, the more efficient the unit is, but it still depends on a few conditions like your region, size and built of the house, etc.

For starters, federal rules require a minimum of 13 SEER value of all newly installed air conditioners, which is surely more efficient than your existing unit. Old models were rated about 6 SEER, which is way lower than what the minimum these days.

It is recommended to look for an air conditioner that has the ENERGY STAR logo. This trusted, government-sanctioned symbol for energy efficiency makes it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without compromising performance, features, and comfort. ENERGY STAR-approved air conditioners lower greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy. The systems meet or exceed EPA guidelines for energy efficiency. With such systems, you are saving on energy consumption while helping the environment in the process.

Proper Sizing

This is an oft-neglected factor when choosing an air conditioner. But if your new AC is either undersized or oversized, it can cause you a number of issues that can make your family uncomfortable and drain your wallet.

An air conditioner that is too small will have a hard time cooling your home because it lacks cooling power. This can cause the compressor to run longer, consuming more energy. On the other hand, an AC that is too large may run cycles that are too short, which can leave you with uncomfortable temperatures and shorten your system’s lifespan.

Oversized air conditioners can also raise your home’s humidity levels. Because of short cycles, your AC may not be able to run long enough to properly rid your home’s air of excess moisture. Too much humidity can result in problems that include the growth of mold and mildew, damage to wood items and electronics, and muggy, uncomfortable indoor air.

When an air conditioner is properly sized, it should run in cycles that last for about 15 to 20 minutes only. During this cycle, the unit will start, generate your desired temperature, remove too much moisture, and turn off for a few minutes before the next cycle.

Installation and Maintenance

The quality of installation is a crucial part of choosing the right air conditioner. This means that you should hire a trusted, certified HVAC professional who has the knowledge, experience, and the right tools to get the job done. Having your new air conditioner installed by a qualified technician ensures that your unit will be installed properly and perform efficiently.

When installing a new unit, the technician will inspect your existing ductwork because if you have leaky ducts, you can lose up to 20 percent of your cooled air in areas like the basement or the attic. An HVAC professional will identify and seal the leaks correctly to ensure no cooled air is wasted.

To make sure you hire the right contractor, choose someone who is certified by certifying bodies like NATE (North American Technician Excellence). This agency conducts skills certification and ongoing education for industry contractors. You should also verify their license, which can reassure you that the contractor indeed possesses the knowledge and skills needed to perform AC installation.

Do Business Only with a Legitimate Contractor

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving the home comfort needs of its customers for over forty years. Our technicians are NATE-certified and have multiple years of experience installing brand new air conditioners. With us, you are guaranteed to receive no less than top-tier AC installation. We are your reliable Maple Grove heating and air conditioning contractor.