Fall is the perfect time to think about that one nagging item on your to-do list that you might have been putting off, not wanting to invest the necessary time or money.
Yes, we’re talking about replacing your home comfort system.
Most people balk at the idea of dipping into their household budget for a new air conditioner or heater, thinking they can get by for another year, and then another year, with a system that’s outdated or past its prime. What they don’t realize: If they choose their new system wisely, they’ll most likely only have to go through this process once or twice in their entire lifetime!
At Plumbing & A/C Medic, we’ve spent four decades empowering residents of the Scottsdale area with the knowledge and resources they need to choose effective, dependable home comfort solutions that will keep their family safe and happy for many hassle-free years to come. If you’re considering taking the plunge on a new AC installation for your Scottsdale, AZ home, stop procrastinating and let’s get started together — right now!
Here are the key factors to consider when choosing a new HVAC system.
As they say, size matters! To get maximum return on your investment, the first question you should ask is, “how big is my space?” By performing a heat load calculation, not only do we measure the square footage of the space, but we also account for the space’s insulation, the region’s climate, and so much more.
You don’t want the system to work too hard to meet your comfort demands, or the end result will be inconsistent temperature throughout your home, high energy bills and most likely, calling us back for frequent repairs.
When it comes to the type of system you choose to heat and cool your home, you have quite a few options. You’ll have to consider the size of your space, the extent of your ductwork (or lack thereof), and your preferred fuel source (gas, propane, electric, geothermal energy, etc.)
- Central Air Conditioner — Makes use of an outside condenser unit, an inside evaporator unit and a network of ducts and vents to circulate cool air through the home.
- Ductless Mini Split System — Similar to a central air system, except no ductwork or vents are needed to deliver cool air. Removing the possibility of leaking or poorly installed ducts, a mini split system can offer greater energy efficiency than a central air system.
- Package Systems — These systems contain all of their elements (compressor, coils and air handler) in a single “package” that is attached to ductwork. Powered by electricity, these systems can be used for both cooling and heating a home and are a good fit for warmer climates with smaller heating demands.
- Heat Pumps — Another versatile choice for both heating and cooling, heat pumps very simply “pump” heat from one location to another. That could mean pumping indoor heat outside or outdoor heat inside, depending on the season.
A seasoned HVAC professional will be able to help you assess your needs and decide which type of system is ideal for you and your home.
If you care about the name on your clothing tags or your shoes, believing that brand names indicate high-quality, the same principle applies to home comfort systems. You know when you choose from a certain line of products that you’re investing in the peace of mind that comes with a well-made product.
The top brands for home comfort systems include:
- Day & Night
At Plumbing & A/C Medic, we are immensely proud of our designation as Trane Comfort Specialists. The Trane name is synonymous with the highest level of customer satisfaction in our industry, and our expertise in installing Trane products makes us one of the leading cooling companies in Arizona.
Our affiliation with the top brands enables us to offer great deals on Trane and Ruud systems. Visit our coupons page or contact us for more information.
In order for your home comfort system to do its job and give you maximum return on your investment, it needs to run efficiently. If it wastes energy, you will waste money, whether you’re paying for escalating energy bills or frequent repairs. Fortunately, there’s a way to tell ahead of time how efficient the system you’re purchasing really is.
HVAC systems with the EnergyStar label and designated with high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings are typically a good indicator of a highly efficient system. To protect the environment, states have set minimum SEER ratings that HVAC systems must meet in order to be in compliance. Here in Arizona, residential air conditioning systems are required to meet a minimum 14 SEER rating.
Finally, and maybe most important: The cooling company you choose as your partner in this process will make a world of difference — not just now, but for all the years you own your home. Purchasing a quality product is only the tip of the iceberg; you also need a true HVAC expert to make sure it’s installed and maintained properly.
For a better idea of what Plumbing & A/C Medic brings to the table, check out this infographic:
For more information about our company or to discuss your need for a new home comfort system, don’t hesitate to give our team a call today or fill out an online contact form to schedule an appointment.