When you’re considering an A/C upgrade, it’s important to take your time and choose the best equipment for your home. Too many homeowners glance at their old A/C unit and run out and buy a newer version of the same equipment. That’s not always a good idea.
These days, we know much more about energy efficiency, air quality and protecting the environment than we did a few years ago. If you want to get the most out of your investment, you need an HVAC expert who can take you through the process step-by-step:
- Manual J load calculations – Before sizing your A/C upgrade, a quality contractor will assess the true needs of your home. The strict guidelines are set forth by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America to ensure your contractor accurately measures the size of each room, airflow, how well your home is sealed, sunlight and many more factors that affect your cooling load.
- Lower your needs – Once the contractor completes the load calculations, they can point out weaknesses and help you prioritize improvements. For example, you may find out that your old windows are as much to blame for high energy bills as your outdated air conditioner.
- Sizing the A/C upgrade correctly – Now that you know exactly what your cooling load requirements are, you can look for the best unit. A model that is too large will cycle on and off too often, wasting energy and inhibiting the system’s ability to control humidity. One that is too small will not provide sufficient cooling power, which forces it to run longer and puts strain on the equipment.
- Installing it properly – The new generation of A/Cs are more efficient because they are precisely manufactured for optimal performance. The installation has to be perfect or the product will not deliver the savings and comfort that it should.
To make sure you make the best selection and have it installed correctly, contact Sherlock Plumbing Heating & Air. With over a decade of service to greater San Diego-area homeowners, we have the expertise to help you get the most out of your A/C upgrade.