Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.
One of the reasons many homeowners replace their air conditioners is that they are old. However, you may also have to replace your AC system if it is beyond repair. When replacing your AC unit, don't forget to reach out to your local utility company to determine whether rebates are available. The following are other considerations you need to make when replacing your air conditioner.
Your Home's Duct System
Before replacing your air conditioner, check your home's duct system. Bear in mind that not all cooling systems have air ducts. With some cooling systems, like central air conditioners, the handling units are indoors while the compressor is outside.
If your home has no duct system, consider buying a mini-split air conditioner. If you have a duct system, have it checked by a technician before investing in a new AC unit. If the ducts need to be replaced, this will affect the scope and cost of the replacement project.
Familiarize Yourself with Different AC Systems
The next thing you should do before replacing your air conditioner is to familiarize yourself with the different types of systems. The common types of systems are central air conditioning, ductless split AC units, portable AC units, and geothermal AC units.
With a central AC system, the compressor, condenser, and evaporator are all contained in one unit. The unit is installed outside on a concrete slab or roof. The unit allows cold air to pass through the ductwork to all the rooms in your home.
A ductless split AC unit consists of outdoor condensers and compressors. These systems have tubes connected to indoor units with blowers. The tubes help circulate refrigerant, whereas the blowers circulate air throughout your home. Portable AC units can be moved wherever you please. Many of them vent out the window, but some types vent into trays that need to be emptied regularly.
Finally, geothermal AC units have a metal coil that runs from your house to the ground below. During the cold season, these systems accumulate heat below the earth's surface and spread it throughout your home. In the hot season, these systems direct the heat from your home into the earth's surface.
Invest in a Digital Thermostat
The next thing you should consider when replacing your AC unit is investing in a digital thermostat. Since most of your home's energy consumption is by your AC system, a digital thermostat can significantly reduce your energy costs.
A digital thermostat can change your home's temperature depending on your periodic needs for improved efficiency. There are different types of digital thermostats. Some enable you to set a schedule for weekends and weekdays. Others allow you to set four different temperatures and time periods daily. Some digital thermostats will provide critical information, like when it is time to change the air filters.
For more information, contact an air conditioning service near you.