All homeowners want an air conditioner that provides them with years of comfort through hot Illinois summers. But not all air conditioners are the same. Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. has years of experience and up-to-date industry knowledge on the best ways to choose the right air conditioner for your home. When it’s time to change systems, call the a/c installers residents trust.
How To Choose The Right A/C For Your Home
When it comes to choosing a home air conditioner, it's more about function than fashion. You want a system that will be efficient, cost-effective, and last many years. Making sure that you have the right size air conditioner for the home is extremely important. If the purchased unit is too small, it will wind up working overtime and probably still won’t get your home to a comfortable temperature or remove humidity well. On the other hand, an air conditioner that’s too big will be cycling on and off constantly and can result in higher energy bills. it might also not remove the humidity we experience here much of the summer.
By asking a few questions regarding the size of your home and living habits, our comfort consultants will determine the right size unit. If you need a new air conditioner, or would like to replace the existing A/C system, contact Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. today.
The seasonal energy-efficiency rating (SEER) measures how Btus, or amount of heat, the unit removes from the air for every watt of electricity used. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit is and less expensive to use over its operational lifespan. Though a unit with a high SEER rating has a higher purchase price, keep in mind new air conditioners are higher quality, have more safety features, require less voltage to operate, and have better sound shields.
Most homes in Central Illinois have a split system air conditioner, with the large condenser outside and fan-and-coil system indoors. The condenser and fan-and-coil connect via refrigerant carrying pipes. For homes with a forced-air furnace, the pipes connect to a cooling coil inside the furnace air handler. The fan-and-coil is generally in the attic of homes without a forced-air system. The cooled air is then dispersed throughout the house by a system of ducts.
Other types of air conditioners Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. sets up and provides air conditioning service for are packaged systems and ductless mini-split. Packaged systems are mostly found in commercial settings, though some homes may use this type. Ductless mini-split rely on an air handler in each room to distribute the conditioned air, allowing the homeowner greater control over the room’s temperature.
Every home experiences heat gain which is the transfer of heat into a home through different sources. The heat-gain calculation lets us and you know the size of air conditioning unit capable of efficiently cooling the home. But, other factors affect unit sizing, such as:
- Amount of insulation in the home;
- Type and placement of windows and doors; and
- How the home faces the sun.
Air conditioners are sized by either tonnage or British thermal unit (Btu) per hour. When deciding between units, keep in mind one ton equals 12,000 Btu per hour. But sizing is key to having a unit that cools your home for many years. An undersized unit won’t be able to keep up with the cooling demands and will work more to compensate, lessening its operational lifespan and costing more to run. In contrast, an oversized unit will cost more to operate because it’s bigger and requires more electricity to run. It also cools a room too quickly without effectively lowering the humidity, leaving your home feeling damp.
Condensers are generally placed on a concrete slab in an open space near the home. Because all condensers make some level of noise, it’s recommended not to place it near bedroom or office windows. It shouldn’t be placed under a structure or completely enclosed because any airflow restriction lowers the unit’s efficiency. As long as air can freely flow around the condenser and warm air exhaust from the top, the placement should work.
How A/C Installation Works
Like installing any other appliance in your home, there’s a process to air conditioning installation. It begins with our NATE-certified technicians putting on shoe covers and using sheets and other coverings to protect flooring around work areas. Next, we disconnect the old air handler inside and outside condenser from the electrical supply before removal. Once the old equipment is gone, it’s time to start installing the new air conditioner.
The outside condenser is placed on either the old pad or a new one. When the condenser is connected through outside wires, it’s time to set up the air handler. After the air handler is in place, Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. determines the correct size of refrigerant and electrical lines along with drain pipes. Next up is the thermostat which may or may not change between units, followed by charging the air conditioner with refrigerant. Once the unit is charged, a technician starts the system and allows it to run before doing a final inspection. Our technicians take care to protect the home during the installation and always clean up the work site before leaving.