Four Seasons Resource Center likes to promote the use of Energy Star products, especially when it comes to heating and cooling. The benefits of using energy star furnaces and air conditioners are numerous; one of the most beneficial to consumers is the opportunity to save money on heating and cooling costs. However, when it comes time to purchase a new central air conditioner, you should also get a system that is installed properly. If not properly sized or installed the efficiency of your system can be reduced by up to 30 percent. This will result in higher utility bills and possibly shorten the life of the equipment.
Here Is What To Look For In A New Central Air Installation
1. Proper Sizing of Equipment
Bigger is not always better when selecting a new cooling system. In fact a system that is too large will not keep your home comfortable because of frequent on & off cycling, also known as Short Cycling. It is important that your contractor is able to correctly size a heating or air conditioning system for your home. It is possible to oversize and under size the result in both cases is inadequate performance, improper airflow and conditions that will shorten the life of your system or cause your system to fail over time.
2. Proper Refrigerant Charge
There are several methods to verify correct refrigerant levels, including super-heat, sub-cooling and weigh. Several tests must be performed to confirm that the system has the correct charge. A qualified contractor should make the appropriate adjustment by adding or removing refrigerant. A system that is not properly charged will not operate effectively and will also lead to possible equipment failures.
3. Optimizing Air Flow
If air flow in your heating and cooling system is too high or too low, you may confront problems and higher utility bills. A contractor should test air flow and make any needed adjustments for optimal performance.