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Should I repair or replace my heating and cooling system?

Many Florida home owners struggle with the dilemma of whether to repair or replace their current air conditioning system. Obviously, if the cost to get the unit back up and running is minor, then that may be a good option, but here are some factors you should consider before investing more repair dollars into your existing unit.

Some homeowners may feel “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Here are some often-overlooked considerations. Sometimes you put multiple repairs into a system that is on its last legs. As of January 2006, new air conditioner efficiency standards came into effect. Most systems installed before this date cost up to 20% or more to operate than today’s base efficiency models.

How do I choose a heating and cooling contractor?

All heating and cooling contractors are NOT the same. Use great heed and care in choosing your licensed and insured air conditioning contractor. Many will boast the features and benefits of a manufacturer’s brand of equipment, when in reality; the quality of the installation process is THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect of every comfort system’s installation. Choosing a contractor that does not use ALL N.A.T.E. Certified technicians and installers, who doesn’t follow industry standards in refrigeration practices, perform proper system start up and “skips” those little items is what will end up costing you money, time, comfort and peace of mind down the road.

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Will you install an air conditioning system I purchase on the internet or elsewhere?

Unfortunately, Air Care Systems, Inc. cannot install equipment purchased anywhere other than from our company. All our policies, practices and procedures were developed and implemented with continuous quality assurance in mind. Having an A.C.C.A. quality installation actually begins with an accurate in-home evaluation, design and Manual J Heatloss/Heatgain calculations to ensure proper sizing as well as identification of any areas needing addressed prior to installation. Bypassing this most basic step makes it impossible to guarantee our installation and customer 100% satisfaction.

What is a load calculation and why is it so important?

A load calculation determines what the proper size system is for your specific home. Completed by your comfortconsultant, it factors in a number of criteria used to determine what size components you should include as part of your total comfort system, things like square footage, number of windows, and year-round weather concerns.

A load calculation is important so that your system operates at maximum efficiency, with optimum performance. Most homes have systems that are oversized, so you end up paying more than you should to heat and cool your home. Also, systems that are improperly sized tend to cycle too quickly or too slowly, and that can lead to maintenance problems, uneven temperatures, and an inability to control humidity. A properly sized system based on a correct load calculation can help ensure you enjoy long-lasting, reliable comfort whatever the season.

What size air conditioning system or heating system do I need for my home?

It is important that new or replacement equipment is not sized by “Rule of Thumb” or by duplicating the existing equipment capacity. The only accurate way to determine the correct capacity of heating and air conditioning equipment for your home is to have a load calculation performed on your home. There is a specific method available to all dealers to do this calculation. It is called a Manual J Load Calculation. This will give your dealer the heat gain and heat loss design data for your home. These figures can then be used to select the appropriately sized air conditioning or heating system for your home, based on equipment-performance data. This process generally takes about 1- 1 ½ hours depending on the home or amount of comfort concerns the customer might have.

Many factors determine the size (capacity) system your home requires. Some of these are:

  • square feet to be cooled and heated
  • climate
  • humidity
  • number of windows
  • insulation factors
  • which direction your home faces
  • heat producing appliances, and
  • the number of people who will be in the home
  • Oversized air conditioning systems will not remove adequate moisture from the indoor
    air due to short cycling. Also, oversized systems quickly cool the indoor air temperature,
    but they do not run long enough to remove the humidity. That leaves you feeling stuffy
    and uncomfortable. Control of your home’s climate is rarely achieved with oversized
    systems and electricity consumption is higher than with a properly sized system.
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