Are you thinking about investing in a new central air conditioner or making improvements to your existing system? An update can pay off greatly by reducing your bills and improving air quality. Here are a few things to consider if you’re exploring your options on a new air conditioning unit.
Out The Window
Although the upfront costs of a window air conditioning unit make it attractive, over time the costs can add up. A window mounted heating and cooling system also lacks any additional benefits beyond cooling, unlike a central air conditioner. If you opt for an indoor AC unit in your window, it will do little to nothing for humidity. In fact, these units tend to gather condensation over time, further contributing to the amount of humidity in the air. This ‘sweat’ gets worse as the window air conditioning unit works harder, which is often when humidity is at its worst!
A window system also lacks a good solution for air filtration. The filters of an HVAC system remove particles from the air such as dust and mold spores, as well as reducing humidity. This improves the quality of the air dramatically compared to window mounted HVAC systems. It also reduces the chances of mold gaining a foothold in your home. Finally, a window indoor AC unit cannot compare with a central air conditioner when it comes to the cost per room. On average it will require more power to cool three or more rooms if each is equipped with an individual air conditioning unit. A central air conditioner unit will not only do the job cheaper, it will also cool intervening spaces such as hallways and bathrooms.
Flaws in the System
If your HVAC system is not performing as well as it should, or summertime bills are racking up, you have a number of opportunities to make improvements to what you have. A major issue that we see as HVAC professionals, is improperly sized units and inefficient configuration. Sometimes assumptions about how powerful your indoor AC unit needs to be are just that, assumptions. There is only so much cooling your house actually needs. The rest of the job is up to your distribution utilized by your HVAC system. If your ductwork is damaged or insufficient it won’t matter how powerful your air conditioning unit is.
It doesn’t matter how cold the air is if it doesn’t make it through the vents. If you think the air distribution system isn’t up to speed, you should have a professional HVAC technician walk you through it. Although some systems are so damaged or incorrectly installed they must be replaced, it may be as simple as sealing a few key points along the way. The only way to be sure is to have this investigated by a professional. There are also a number of improvements outside of the system itself that can increase efficiency by lowering the heat in your home. These include insulation, sealing, window tinting, and humidity control. By addressing the factors that are bringing heat into your home in the first place you can get the most out of your HVAC system.
The Future is Cool
There is a constant stream of new developments in the HVAC industry. Each year the new indoor AC unit models appearing on the market demonstrate new features and increased efficiency. This continues to drive new regulations and requirements in the industry. Investing in these new technologies puts you ahead of the curve while reaping the benefits of a better, more efficient system.
One of the biggest things we notice about an indoor AC unit in Florida is how it affects our power bill. Anyone who has lived in this state for a year can tell you about the dramatic difference you’ll see between what you pay for your summer and winter utilities. Making changes to your central air conditioner and its air distribution system is an investment in a future of lowered costs and greater reliability.
It’s not just smarter design; thermostats are getting smarter, too. Wi-fi controlled thermostats allow you to remotely monitor and adjust the temperature quickly. With these devices you can easily use a remote computer or phone to tell your thermostat to begin cooling your home even before you get home. For those on the run, power-saving away settings can be activated without requiring you to detour back to the house just to press a few buttons. Smart thermostats can also communicate with other aspects of your heating, cooling, and air distribution systems, further increasing efficiency without requiring any additional intervention on your part. It’s not just about efficiency and cooling, either. The quality of the air you breathe is also important. A number of factors affect this quality, meaning you have a number of options that allow you to adjust these factors to work to your advantage.
Ultraviolet radiation, known as UV light, is a form of light you cannot see unaided. Concentrated ultraviolet radiation from sunlight can greatly increase the amount of heat in your home. However, this same UV light can actually be harnessed to be a beneficial part of your HVAC system. Experienced HVAC professionals can mount ultraviolet lights in your HVAC system that will aid in the air purification process. In small, controlled amounts, this ultraviolet light can kill airborne mold spores and illness-causing pathogens in the air as it cycles through your home. It does all this while also eliminating odors. And unlike your air filter, these lights do nothing to obstruct air flow, making them a great, unobtrusive addition to your HVAC system.