Keep your home comfortable all year long, efficiently and safely with a high-efficiency Air Conditioner system!
Is there anything better on a blistering hot day than your home air conditioning?
With the summers becoming increasingly unbearable each year it’s almost impossible to live without it. Air conditioning is important not only for the comfort of you and your family but also for your home’s energy-efficiency. As a homeowner, you should have peace of mind knowing that your system is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. With a cost-effective and dependable air conditioner, you can rest-assured that your energy bills will be much lower and that your cooling system will not require heavy maintenance. Your system will keep your home at the climate that is most comfortable for you and your family.
Call 1-888-603-6405 for a free estimate and your Comfort Consultant will meet with you, do an analysis of your home and help you determine what is right for your needs.
How does your Air Conditioner Work?
The most common central cooling system is a split system which includes an outdoor cabinet containing a condenser coil and compressor and an indoor evaporator coil usually installed in conjunction with your furnace or air handler. The compressor pumps a chemical called refrigerant through the system. Once warm air inside your home blows across the indoor evaporator coil, its heat energy transfers to the refrigerant inside the coil. That transfer, in turn, “cools” the air. The refrigerant is pumped back to the compressor where the cycle begins again. The heat absorbed by the refrigerant is moved outside your home while cooled air is blown inside. Moisture that contributes to humidity is also condensed out of the air. Your cooling system is usually combined with your central heating system because they share the same ductwork for distributing conditioned air throughout your home.
When needing a new Air Conditioner, here's a few things to consider:
- Home Size: Homes come in all shapes and sizes. So do heating and air conditioning systems! Properly measuring the size of your rooms and the placement of your windows and vents is essential to adequately heating or cooling your house and preventing costly energy bills.
- Load Calculation: Choosing the right-sized system also means performing what’s called a load calculation. Your Home Comfort Consultant will plug in the different aspects of your home energy use to choose a system that will be best for the comfort of you and your family and save you money on your utility bills. Our load calculations consider many factors-including but not limited to- the number of windows and type of window treatments, whether you have skylights or fireplaces, the height of your ceilings, the existing insulation and ductwork and the number of people in your home.
- Duct Inspection: We will inspect the size and length of your current ductwork to ensure they are adequately delivering the correct amount of heating and cooling to your home.
- System Features: Your Home Comfort Consultant will discuss all the features and benefits of the system we recommend and answer any of your questions.
- Comfort Enhancements: In customizing your new heating and cooling system to your home’s unique needs, we may suggest a number of enhancements to make your system run more efficiently and improve the air quality in your home.
- Payment Options: F.H. Furr accepts a variety of payment options and your Home Comfort Consultant will work with you to find the one that’s best for you.
Frequently Asked Air Conditioner Questions and Answers
What can I do to protect my unit and how can I keep it clean?
- Trim plants and bushes around the unit to provide at least twelve (12) inches of clearance for air flow.
- Keep pets away from the outdoor unit, as the acid in pet urine is a corrosive that will deteriorate the metal.
- Have the unit services annually to maintain cleanliness and ensure proper air flow.
Do I need to repair or replace my comfort system?
In making this decision, there are three factors to consider:
- Life Expectancy of Current System: The first thing to take into account is the age of your equipment. When your equipment breaks down, you may be tempted to go the immediate, least expensive route of repairing. However, should your equipment be getting up there in age, it is more likely that repairs will be frequent and it may actually be more cost efficient in the long run to replace the equipment instead of paying for many repairs…and then paying for the replacement.
- Operating Cost: As equipment ages, it becomes less and less efficient. Even six-year old heat pumps and air conditioners are considered grossly inefficient by today’s energy standards. Repairing your equipment may fix the immediate problem, but does not address energy efficiency so that needs to be factored into overall costs. Installing a new heating and cooling system can actually pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short time.
- Looking at the Big Picture: Although you may be tempted to only address the broken down component, make sure to all components of your system as they all work together to boost efficiency and reliability. For example, should you replace your furnace with a new model but leave the old thermostat, you are missing out on efficiencies of the newer furnace. In addition, you can save on installation costs if you upgrade several components at the same time.
Common mistakes made when replacing your comfort system?
Buying The Wrong Size Equipment: The Department of Energy states that a large percentage of people who replace their heating and air conditioning systems end up installing the wrong size equipment. The results are scary: high utility bills, buildup of unhealthy mold in the ductwork, damaged equipment and uncomfortable living conditions. This can easily be avoided by making sure you get an accurate load calculation from your contractor. The load calculation is determined by your home’s physical characteristics and takes into account your family’s personal needs. This, along with a detailed system analysis, will correctly verify the proper size equipment needed for your home.
Choosing the Lowest Price: If you get a bid that is significantly lower than the others, it’s probably too good to be true. It’s good to remember that sometimes, you get what you pay for. Essentially every contractor is installing the same heating and air conditioning equipment and in many cases the only difference is the name on the outside of the equipment...not the price of the equipment. Also, there are laws that regulate how systems are installed so when bids are lower, you are saving on installation costs vs. equipment costs. That begs the questions, are the technicians qualified? Are they taking any shortcuts? Are they leaving anything out? Are they cutting corners just to get the work?
Installation Delays: You shouldn’t have to wait days for a heating and air conditioning estimate or even longer to have your system installed. A lot of companies hire helpers or high school co-op students to work with mechanics. Because mechanics don’t specialize in installing any particular type of system and they lack support, installations can be delayed.
Using Untrustworthy and Unqualified Contractors: Choosing the right contractor can mean the difference between having a horribly, expensive experience you’ll never forget and an experience you can’t wait to share with friends and family. Here are some steps to take to make sure you choose the right contractor for you:
- Research. Doing a little homework on the work to be performed will set you up for success in choosing the right contractor for your job. You don’t need to become a technical expert, but a little research will help you ask the right questions and be able to assess the contractor’s answers and experience.
- Get 3 – 4 contractor referrals from people you know and trust. Referrals from the people you know and have had hands on experience from the contractor goes a lot further than references from people you don’t know. You are more likely to get both positive and negative feedback from people you know.
- After identifying a few prospects, make sure each prospect is located locally and has a physical address. Then, call the Better Business Bureau to verify the company information.
- Interview contractors. Make sure you take time to meet with each contractor and go through your list of questions.
Not Getting a Written Guarantee: Make sure the contractor you choose stands behind the products and services they offer. If they don’t provide you with a written no-hassle, no-questions asked warranty you may not want to use them. You need to make sure the you and your family are protected from any unforeseen breakdowns. Also make sure the guarantee includes a performance guarantee, investment guarantee and a real 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Ready to Install/Replace you Home Comfort System?
Let our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Consultants give you a free Home Comfort System Analysis. They’ll study and discuss any concerns/problems that you may have with your current comfort system. They’ll review all system recommendation options and help you with finding the best home comfort system that meets all your family’s needs and budget.
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