Spring is in full swing and summer will be here before we know it. Is our air conditioning unit ready for those hot temperatures? Now might be the best time to determine if replacement is needed to avoid a complete breakdown on the hottest day of the year. Central air conditioning is the best cooling solution for your home. It is the quietest, best performing and the most comfortable.
Air Conditioning Basics – What You Need to Know About Your HVAC System
A/C units are composed of three major parts. The compressor, a condenser and an evaporator. These parts work together to transfer heat from the air inside of your home to outside air with the use of chemicals. An air conditioning unit has two jobs. One is to cool the air and the other is to dehumidify the air. A/C units typically last for 10-20 years. If you have started making too many repairs it may be a bad sign. If areas of your home aren’t cooling properly or it shuts on and off or runs excessively you may need to replace your unit. If you’re seeing that your utility bills are continuing to rise this as also a telltale sign that your unit is not preforming as it should. Homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $4000 for a new central air conditioning unit. The cost will also depend on individual homes and any additional ductwork necessary and the type of unit installed. And this cost of course doesn’t include installation.
Health Problems Associated with an Old Air Conditioning Unit
The air quality in your home may not be healthy as you think. Some symptoms of poor air quality inside your home may be irritated eyes, noses or throats. Suffering from headaches or feeling dizzy are indicators as well. Poor air quality may lead to asthma or allergies. If these symptoms ease up or disappear when you’re outside your home it means the air outside is healthier than in your home! This is not a good thing.
Determining Which A/C Unit is Right for Your Home
A contractor will properly size a new unit for your home. Your entire home will need to be measured to get all the R-values, window types, orientation, infiltration rates, and account for possible duct leakages which will determine the load calculation. A load calculation determines the amount of heat energy that needs to be removed from a space to maintain the temperature in an acceptable range. Central air conditioners combine the evaporator, condenser and compressor in a single unit. It is usually placed on a concrete slab near the foundation or on the roof. Ducts that run through the exterior wall and/or roof draw air from inside the house and return cool air indoors. Getting a unit that is Energy Star rated means the added saving of money in the future by having lower utility bills and they are better for the environment. These units are also built for durability and longevity.
Air Conditioning Replacement, Emergency Repairs & Services in the Las Vegas Valley inc. Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
Proper installation and choice of size accounts for 75% of the operating efficiency and performance of your system. Improper installation can reduce the efficiency of your system to 30% which will cost you more in utility bills and shortening the life of your investment. When it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit contact a professional at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning.