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Upgrading Your A/C, Why Expert Consultation Is Important

April 17, 2012   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Air Conditioning

Upgrading your air conditioning (A/C) is not something you can afford to take lightly. It’s an investment that will affect your quality of life for a long time, so to make the best purchase, you should consult with an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) expert who knows the local products and climate.

The benefits of expert consultation

Advances in home-comfort technology have been rapid and  plentiful in the last 10 years, and there are so many options from which you can choose to heat and cool your home. It can be tough to determine the best make, model and type for your needs. However, consulting with an HVAC expert when you’re upgrading your A/C can help narrow down your choices, and ensure that you get the most energy-efficient and cost-effective unit available.

When you consult with an expert, here are a few facets that your contractor can help you determine:

  • Your home’s heating and cooling load.
  • The best fuel options in your area.
  • The potential fluctuations in future fuel costs.
  • The SEER and EER ratings of the machine. SEER is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of an air-conditioning unit, and indicates the cooling output of an A/C versus the energy that it consumes. EER, or the Energy Efficiency Ratio, is the ratio of cool air that a system puts out versus the electrical power that it uses.
  • Tax credits and other monetary benefits.

What to expect
When upgrading your A/C, an expert consultation will help you calculate the lifetime costs of the equipment that you’re comparing, so you know exactly which unit you should choose and why. The lifetime cost is the true cost of owning and operating the machine over it’s workable life, which is much more important than simple looking at the initial price.

Here are three additional factors that an expert can help you establish when you’re upgrading your A/C:

  • The proper size: If you choose an A/C that is too large for your needs, you are losing efficiency and costing yourself money. An expert can help you lower your heating and cooling load, and then calculate the correct size for your actual needs.
  • Installation requirements: If you want your unit to function efficiently, you need to ensure that it is installed perfectly. If installation mistakes occur, it can cost you greatly down the road.
  • Maintenance needs: A well-designed maintenance plan ensures that your new unit operates at peak levels for as long as it should. If you don’t maintain your HVAC equipment properly, its efficiency will drop, as will your savings.

If you are considering upgrading your A/C, get an expert consultation from Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating. We’ve been providing HVAC service to Mesa, Phoenix and the surrounding areas for over a decade with a focus on quality customer service that is unmatched.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about upgrading your A/C and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Ocean Air, Air Conditioning & Heating services the East Valley of Phoenix. Visit our website to see our current promotions and get started today!     

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