When outside temperatures start to rise on a scorching summer day, you can create a cool climate indoors with the right air conditioner. Like new windows or shingles, a quality AC unit is a major home enhancement – and a purchase homeowners take seriously. When it comes to complex systems like air conditioners, you want to know exactly what you’re getting into. Comprehending the total cost of your new system starts with understanding the installation estimate.
To help in your decision-making process, we’ve outlined the top points to consider before you make your purchase.
What to Expect From Your A/C System
If you choose the top-of-the-line system your unit should:
- Run quietly and cool your home evenly
- Operate at the highest efficiency with the most savings per month
- Give you precise control
- Provide uncomparable humidity control
If you decide on an entry-level, single-stage air conditioner, you can expect:
- A few expected operational sounds
- An increase in efficiency and lower power bills
- Improved comfort with some temperature fluctuations through the house
- Humidity control
If you’ve lived with your current air conditioner for long, you’ve probably noticed that it has lost efficiency over time. Upkeep and maintenance keep efficiency-related losses to a minimum, but after a decade or more, most old systems simply can’t keep up any longer.
Choose a Professional Dealer
An air condition system is a very long commitment, think 15-20 years. Aside from choosing a reputable brand, selecting the right contractor will make a huge impact on your purchase. Installing an air conditioner isn’t a DIY project. Instead, it’s a job for a licensed, certified professional.
JDK Heating & Cooling are experts in HVAC, furnace, and air conditioning installation & repair – serving Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert. We provide our customers with valuable information, superior service, and cost-effective home heating and cooling solutions.
Worried about the below ideal performance of your air conditioner in the summer heat? Let’s discuss a few reasons why it might be malfunctioning. Warm air can be produced by an AC when it has one of the problems discussed below. We will also fill you in on how you can solve or prevent that issue.
Air Filters are Dirty
When a lot of dust and debris collects in the air filters of your car or home AC, the cold air is trapped between the evaporator coil and the air filters. Hence it cannot be dispensed to your surroundings, which eventually remain hot. You might even feel like the congestion is increasing with time as more and more debris collects. Cleaning or changing the air filters regularly or hiring a maintenance team to visit your house can help you solve and prevent this issue.
Sometimes, the problem could be something as minor as having the thermostat set wrong. Always be sure to double-check that the system is set to cool and that the fan is set on auto as opposed to on. If you’re lucky, this little change could potentially be the answer to your problem. Setting a thermostat is easy, but many people make mistakes with it which can disturb the environment.
Your Evaporator Coil is Frozen
If your evaporator coil is frozen, turn the unit off and change the air filter. Wait until the unit has thawed before turning it back on again. If the coils freeze up again, turn the unit off and immediately call a professional HVAC technician to troubleshoot the problem. You may have a refrigerant leak or a problem with the compressor, you will need professional assistance.
Warm air inside your home on an even warmer day outside is certainly a recipe for disaster. To prevent this problem altogether, be sure to keep an eye on your cooling unit, and do not forget to give your unit the care and attention it deserves. Just like the rest of your home, your condenser unit and air filter need to be monitored and cleaned regularly.
So you are moving into a new home! Or perhaps you are a new homeowner and have a whirl of things to consider. A normal thought of concern for new homeowners is what type of heating and cooling system is the best for your home. If it’s an HVAC, what would be the consequences, or if it’s a furnace model, how would you go about managing it? What does HVAC even mean?
Don't worry you're not alone! Many homeowners have never given a second thought to their systems and just want to be ensured that their house will be hot/cold at the push of a button - and cheaply!
What are the different types of home heating systems?
There may be a single unit responsible for both the heating and cooling of the place. These systems are commonly referred to as HVAC- heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning.
A forced-air system is the most commonly used HVAC system. It has a furnace that heats the air and a fan unit that pushes the heated air throughout the house via ducts. Another set of ducts brings cool air back from the rooms to the furnace for warming. These systems use filters to clear out the air, have humidification control, and can provide variable temperatures.
The gravity air furnace system is similar to the forced one but excludes the fan. It works with gravity and physics; warm air moves up and cold air moves down. These are usually found in the older homes but no longer used in newer homes because of efficiency issues and unfiltered air.
The radiant heating systems use boilers, radiators, and circulate heated water through tubes in walls and floors to provide the heating. It takes longer to heat the room and it takes more time to cool down too. These are efficient systems but may create problems when there’s an issue in the tubes. Plus, these only provide heating. The more advanced versions of radiant heating are common in apartments.
JDK Heating & Cooling are experts in HVAC, furnace, and air conditioning installation & repair – serving Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert. We provide our customers with valuable information, superior service, and cost-effective home heating and cooling solutions. Get in touch with us today for a custom HVAC quote!
Your HVAC systems uses fresh outdoor air to ventilate the indoors with adequate moisture and temperature control, and filtration of germs, dust, and other harmful particles. These utilities can add up to half of your bills. Here are a few tips and tricks that not only save your time, energy, and money, but also give you the best temperature in the house.
- Set a comfortable temperature on the thermostat (21°C), repeatedly changing temperature at short intervals costs more on the bills. Programmable and smart thermostats are even better at conserving energy, which adjusts to the set temperature with lower cycling times.
- Make sure that the heating or cooling you want is reaching you and not the unused, uninhabited nooks and corners of the house. This means having a proper duct setup and using individual heating or cooling facilities like space heaters and fans.
- Ensure there are no leakages of air from the house, such as drafts from under the door, improper window seals, even through running exhaust fans. Also, see that the insulation is intact and you are not losing energy through gaps in insulation.
- Unclean filters, rusted gears, and unmaintained equipment, all lead to early damage to the machinery and may require lots of funds going into the repair that could have been easily evaded.
- A home audit of energy use once in a while helps you realize the mistakes and correct them accordingly.
- A hot room takes too much time and energy to come to lower temperatures. So, during summer, try to keep the heat out and limit sunlight; for instance, use darker curtains and blinds on the sunny side.
- In winter, use as many natural sources of heat to warm up the house, for example, let the sun come in by keeping the blinds and curtains open.
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Dealing with the HVAC for your home can be complicated if you are a first-time home owner. HVAC, or the heating, ventilation and, air conditioning, provide thermal comfort inside buildings and houses. The heating component is usually the furnace or boiler, the ventilation uses fans, and the air conditioning element works on refrigerants and coils to cool the air.
Fun fact: Are HVAC and A/C the same? Well, not really; air conditioning usually refers to the air-cooling device while HVAC is the larger device including both cooling and heating mechanisms.
It is important to understand the mechanism of HVAC and deal with the issues accordingly:
The air return and the filter- the air inlet/return that sucks in fresh air through a filter. The inlets should be clear of debris; its blockage results in the less fresh air inside the building. And the filters need timely cleaning and replacing to continue the clean air supply.
Exhaust outlets - these release the heat created by the HVAC to the outside. If the outlets are blocked by debris, it could result in the system shutting down because of the heat built up.
The outdoor unit- it includes the fan for the airflow, and the compressor, coils and refrigerant fluid for the air-cooling mechanism. If the air is not cooling then most commonly it’s an issue in the compressor or the fluid. All the apparatus need a routine cleaning, the fan is affected by the debris and plant growths around it, while the refrigerant levels should also be checked from time to time.
Ducts- the ducts provide channels for spreading the treated air to every part of the house. The room supplied by the duct would not get heated or cold air if that duct were blocked. It is recommended to get the ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years.
Pro tip: If you are having an issue with the HVAC system, ask an expert!
JDK Heating & Cooling provides sales, service, and installation of high quality, energy efficient heating, and air conditioning systems in both new and existing homes. Our team of professionals are ready to serve all your furnace repair and air conditioner installation needs. Schedule an appointment today!