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Summer temperatures in Irving, TX are often above 90 degrees and sometimes above 100 degrees with very high humidity levels. For the very young and elderly and those with chronic breathing conditions such as asthma these can be very stressful and even dangerous times. Having a professional on your air conditioner installation team can help keep the inside of your home safer.
It is important to get your air conditioner regularly serviced and this is one of the many services offered by One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating of Dallas. You do not want to run the risk of your air conditioner breaking down, so it is important to schedule this service before the hot summer season starts.
If your air conditioner is over ten years old and starting to have more and more expensive repairs this may be a good time to consider a new air conditioner installation. We at One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating of Dallas serving Irving, TX specialize in new air conditioner installation, we have a highly trained team of technicians ready to help you decide what is the best model for you. Air conditioner installation is not cheap, and you must make an informed decision to get the best model for your home and budget. Let us help you with your choice.
When Do You Need to Think about a New Air Conditioner Installation?
Even if your air conditioner has given you good service over the years, there comes a point where you need to replace your aging unit. You may have discovered that it is increasingly more difficult to find replacement parts. Your model may no longer be made and eventually, it may become impossible or prohibitively expensive to find replacement parts.
There are also environmental factors to be considered. An older unit will likely be using one of the ozone-depleting chemicals such as Freon (R22) as a coolant. These coolants are being phased out and will mean obtaining Freon will also become more difficult and expensive. This is because chemical manufacturers are not allowed to produce new R22 coolants, only recovered or recycled R22 can be used.
An aging unit will slowly become less energy efficient as it gets older leading to higher energy bills. A regular service will help but your unit is never going to be as efficient as when you first bought it. You will start to notice less cool air coming from the unit. It will become a little noisier and may start to make screeching sounds due to a worn-out fan belt and it will be wise to call an air conditioner installation company to check.
Let us be honest, a new air conditioner installation is not going to be cheap, but you will save money in the long term as your energy bills fall due to the new air conditioner being more energy efficient than the old one. The new unit will have a longer working life than the old one and will require less maintenance and fewer repairs over its working life.
What Are the Advantages of a New Air Conditioner Installation?
As we have said earlier the new air conditioner installation will be cost-effective as you are saving on energy bills in the long term.
A new air conditioner installation in Irving, TX will usually offer a 10-year warranty for any part that breaks down and needs replacing. The new unit will be less likely to break down, giving you extra peace of mind. Peace of mind is something you cannot put a value on. Knowing that you and your loved ones are safe when the temperatures and humidity outside are soaring is a good feeling.
If you or one of your family suffer from a chronic breathing condition such as Asthma a new air conditioner installation will improve the air quality in your home. Recent improvements with modern air conditioner installation methods will ensure that your air conditioner is better sealed from the outside, reducing the number of impurities entering your home. If your new air conditioner is fitted with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, it can remove more than 95% of the dust, pollen, bacteria, and other particles in the air.
Due to Covid-19 more and more of us are working from home and we want a quiet environment for work and study. A new unit will be quieter than an older one, even with the swing settings on.
You will also have more control over your new air conditioner installation. Nowadays, everything uses wireless technology. This allows greater and more flexible control over your unit. Using your smartphone, you can alter the settings on the thermostat or adjust humidity controls. Sensors will tell you when your air filters need changing or alert you to any problems. You will be able to set different air conditioning levels in each room in your home. A room in your home may face the sun in the morning but not later, so its cooling needs will vary throughout the day. Modern units will be able to cope with these changes.
What Factors Affect My Choice of Unit?
Type of Unit Selected
There are several different types of air conduction on the market. The most common in large homes is a central air conditioner, with one central unit using air ducts running from the exterior walls throughout your home to remove hot air and provide cool air.
Other types include the Ductless, Mini-Split air conditioner. If your home does not have air ducts, these are often used. It is a single separate unit mounted on the wall and connected via tubes to the room or space that needs air conditioning. Each space that needs air conditioning will need a separate unit.
The Capacity of Unit
The greater the volume of the space that needs air conditioning, the greater the capacity of the unit needed and therefore the greater the cost. So, it is important to find the correct sized unit for your home. A home that is well insulated with double glazing and other materials will lose less cool air escaping outside and so will need a smaller unit. A question often asked is why not buy a larger unit than you need. Well, your home may be cooled quicker, but the unit may not be on long enough to dehumidify your home properly. An oversized unit will usually mean larger energy bills.
Copper or Aluminum Condensers
Aluminum condensers are cheaper than Copper ones, but they are not as strong and durable as copper, and so can be more easily damaged. Aluminum is also susceptible to microbial growth, especially if you live in humid places like Irving, TX. Copper is more resistant to moss and fungus growing and so will need less maintenance.
Different models have different energy efficiencies. One with a larger capacity will use more energy than one that is not. Each unit will have an EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) or SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) value. The higher this value the more energy-efficient the unit is. Most air conditioners will have a SEER value of at least 14.5, but the higher this value the cheaper it will be for you to run. A higher efficiency system will also be more environmentally friendly and lower your carbon footprint.
Get a Good Thermostat
A top-quality thermostat will cost you more but will be worth it in the long term. Having a digital programmable thermostat will allow the unit to reach the selected temperature more quickly, consuming less electricity. A poorly calibrated thermostat means that the unit would have to work harder. A harder working unit will mean that the components must work harder and will wear out more quickly, needing expensive repairs.
Picking a Less Noisy Unit
Some units will be less noisy than others. Noise levels are measured in decibels, with most residential AC units running at around 72-82 decibels. So noisy air conditioners can be an issue for both homeowners and neighbors. As a unit gets older it will also get noisier. The decibel scale is a bit confusing, going from 20 to 30 decibels may not seem much, but that increase in ten means that the sound levels have doubled.
25 decibels are the sound of a whisper and 50 to 65 decibels is the sound of a normal conversation. To cut a long story short the lower the decibel rating the quieter the unit will be. A loud unit is more likely to cause greater irritation.
After Sales Service and Warranty
A new unit will come with a parts warranty, you should not settle for one less than 10 years. A good after-sales service is also desirable. One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating of Dallas offer a comprehensive after-sales service during and after an air conditioner installation. We offer the following services during installation:
- Drilling through the exterior wall to connect the indoor and outdoor units.
- The installation of drainage and copper pipe
- Linking the indoor and outdoor units in compliance with local codes
- Connecting an AC stabilizer and/or new power supply, if available
- Final modifications of the system
- Walkthrough of how the system works.
Our technicians will not leave your home until you are completely satisfied.
How Many Features Do You Want Your Unit to Have?
We all want as many bells and whistles as possible on any new machine, air conditioners are no exception. But these will often come at an extra cost. You must decide whether you want the ability to change the temperature in your home from your neighbor’s house.
Is It Pleasing to the Eye?
Having a new air conditioner installation is not like buying a lovely painting, but ideally, you do want your room to look more beautiful with a new air conditioner installation. At worst you do not want an ugly eyesore. The aesthetic quality of a new unit is down to personal taste, and we will not advise you about that.
There are so many factors to consider when selecting a new air conditioner installation, perhaps the most important is your budget. If you decide that you need help, selecting what unit is best for your home and budget then please call One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating of Dallas. Air conditioning installation is one of our many specialties. One of our many experienced technicians can help you size up your home and give you impartial advice so you can get the right-sized unit.
Once I Have My New Air Conditioner Installation What Do I Do Next?
The best thing to do is to avoid the mistakes other people make.
Have your unit regularly serviced – Having this done is the best advice we can get you. Not only will you keep your unit in warranty, but you will ensure that it is running safely and as efficiently as possible.
Change or clean Your AC filters – Dirty air filters will restrict the airflow over the evaporator coil, reducing the cooling effect and may even cause the coil to freeze. If you notice frost or ice forming on the coil you have a problem.
Keep the condenser and cooling fins clean – These components are located outside and will get covered in dirt and grime especially in polluted areas. An occasional clean to remove this dirt layer or any weeds and moss that have grown will allow plenty of air to flow over the components allowing the excess heat removed from your home to escape to the outside air.
You are setting your thermostat too Low – We want you to be nice and cool, but did you know that you will cut up to 3% off your energy bill for every degree you raise the temperature! It is worth thinking about.
One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating of Dallas City Keeping Irving, TX Cool and Safe.
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas has been serving the community of Irving, TX for many years. Many of our technicians will live in or nearby and have families themselves. They understand the stress you are under if anything goes wrong with your air conditioner.
Should you need a new air conditioner installation, we install only the best quality units at prices to suit everyone.
We offer a comprehensive range of air conditioning services, so if you have any problem with your air conditioner, then call us today. You and your family’s safety are our main concern.