Upgrading your air conditioning system is necessary every 10-15 years. This is especially true here in Tampa Bay, Florida where the heat and humidity take AC systems to their limits almost year-round. Even HVAC systems that have been regularly maintained throughout their lifespans will need to be replaced eventually, so we suggest homeowners do their research before it is needed.
Luckily, for many homes, a new AC can be installed in as little as one day. While installation time can vary based on the size of your home and the condition of your previous system, in most cases homeowners are enjoying their new system the same day it is installed. If you are thinking about getting a new AC system, read below and find out everything you need to know about what happens when your new air conditioner is installed.
When to Replace Your Air Conditioner
If you can relate to any of the following factors, it may be time to replace your air conditioner:
– Your system needs frequent, costly repairs.
– It is more than 10 years old.
– It frequently switches on and off or seems to run constantly.
– It has a SEER rating of 12 or lower.
– Your electric bill is abnormally high and has increased over time.
– The temperature in your home seems to never reach a comfortable level.
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The Steps of Installing a New Air Conditioner
While getting a new AC system installed is often a quick and simple task, many homeowners are still wondering what exactly happens during an installation. After all, no one likes the idea of a bunch of strangers marching through their house and hauling around dirty, heavy mechanical equipment. Homeowners want to know exactly what they can expect during an installation and we don’t blame them.
When you hire a quality contractor, likes the team at Blair’s Air, an AC installation is done with minimal intrusion to your home. During the AC installation, our technicians will:
– Remove and dispose of your old AC system.
– Prepare a concrete slab outside your home for the new AC.
– Make sure all electrical wiring and refrigerant lines are up to code.
– Install a new AC.
– Install a new thermostat.
– Start up the air conditioner and ensure it is working properly.
– Clean up the work area.
– Teach homeowners everything they need to know about how their new system works
Other Home Upgrades When Installing New AC
When you update your air conditioner, you should also consider updating your air ducts.
Your old air ducts might have previously been working fine, but that’s because they were paired with your old air conditioner. Your new system will be much more powerful than your old system. Chances are, you air ducts won’t be able to keep up with the airflow of the new system.
Many homeowners are frustrated when the install a new system, but their homes still don’t feel as cool. This is because their powerful air filters have caused holes and leaks in their old ducts. Before you install your new AC, be sure to speak with your technician and find out if you need new air ducts as well.
“Is an AC Zoning System Right for My Home?”
While a zoning system can be a great addition to many air conditioning systems, zoning systems are suited for all homes. Zoning systems are a great option for multi-level homes, rooms with large windows, large floor plans, homes with add-ons, and big families who often disagree about the temperature of the home.
“What are the Benefits of a Zoning System?”
Investing in a zoning system is beneficial for numerous reasons, including:
– Increased Energy Efficiency: Instead of heating or cooling your entire home, zoning systems only heat or cool a specific zone. As a result, your system will use less energy and save you money as a result.
– Increased Comfort: More than likely, everyone in your home has their own comfort preferences. Perhaps you like your room extra cold at night while your roommate prefers a higher temperature. Zoning systems allow individuals to choose their comfort preferences.
– Extended System Life: Zoning systems give the rest of your AC a break. Traditional air conditioners without a zoning system are constantly moving air throughout the house, resulting in general wear and tear. Zoning systems remove the need for constant circulation, resulting in an extended system lifespan.
Read more about AC Upgrade and Zoning Systems in our blog Benefits of Zoned AC Systems and Multiple Thermostats
“Can I Afford a New AC?”
Investing in a brand new air conditioning system for your home or business can feel overwhelming. Between selecting the right system and figuring out how to pay for the appliance, you might feel like you’re better off shoveling out money for repairs rather than a replacement. But while purchasing a new air conditioning system may seem like a big feat, it’s a good investment that will ultimately increase the comfort and value of your home. Fortunately, purchasing a new air conditioning system doesn’t have to be a financial burden either.
Learn more about AC installation costs in our blog: Everything You Need to Know About AC Installation Costs
Air Conditioning Financing Options
For many homeowners, paying for a new air conditioning system in one lump sum is just not possible. Blair’s Air offers Tampa Bay AC customers convenient financing options so you can afford a new air conditioning system. Some offers available are rent-to-own programs and exclusive credit cards, which make purchasing a new air conditioning system as stress-free as possible.
Learn about Tax Credits you could receive from upgrading your AC in our blog: How a New AC System Can Earn You Tax Credits
Contact Blair’s Air for Quality, Convenient, Reliable HVAC Installation
Our certified team of HVAC experts is available to upgrade your Tampa Bay area air conditioner anytime. We also install all other quality HVAC upgrades. If it has to do with HVAC or indoor air quality, we install it. Here’s what our expert installers can provide:
– Central AC systems
– Heat pumps and gas furnaces
– Split systems, multi-systems and ductless systems
– Window units and room air conditioners
– Ventilation products, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers
– UV Lamps and other air quality solutions
– Thermostats and controls