Complete Your Renovation with an Efficient Air Conditioner

Written by  //  December 30, 2013  //  Home Heating Cooling  //  Comments Off on Complete Your Renovation with an Efficient Air Conditioner

If you are in the process of renovating a home, a lot of thought has gone into making your renovated space look grand. Maybe you have chosen paint colors, flooring, new appliances and other additions to give your property and fresh and updated look. However, the things you may not see everyday are also important as you go forth with your renovation. Your air-conditioning unit is one of those items that you do not see everyday, but you know it is there working hard for you because on hot days, nothing feels better than stepping into an air-cooled room that is just the right temperature. When you renovate a home, there are several factors you should consider before you proceed with air conditioning installation.

It is important to choose the correct size air conditioner to cool the space being renovated. Air conditioners not only cool a space they also remove humidity from the air. An air-conditioning unit that is too small cannot do the job of cooling and dehumidifying a space adequately and one that is too large for the area can actually cool the space off quickly but may shut off before the humidity is removed. As a result, the air may feel cool but damp. A reputable air conditioning dealer and installer can help you select a unit that will cool and dehumidify your space. The dealer can also help you select the energy-efficient unit that will save money.

Energy efficiency is also an important factor in choosing an air-conditioning unit. Look for the Energy Star rating when choosing a new air-conditioning unit. The Energy Star rating is earned when air conditioners meet requirements for energy efficiency. This means that they have been subjected to testing. They will save money and are less harmful to the environment. If the chosen Energy Star air conditioner costs a slightly more than one without the rating, the savings will more than make up for the cost of the unit.

Another aspect of air conditioning installation is a good duct system. A new energy-efficient air conditioner will not be energy efficient for long if it is connected to an old duct system that has leaks, holes or is broken in places. In some homes, ducts can become loose and fall apart, allowing cool air flow into a crawl space, never reaching its intended destination inside the home. This leads to discomfort as well as wasted money. Prior to air conditioning installation, the duct system should be assessed to ensure that ducts are in good shape.

If air ducts are damaged, rusty or falling down in places, they should be replaced. Ducts with air leaks will cause your new unit to work harder. When a unit has to work harder, its life will be shortened. Replacing the ducts may be a little expensive at the outset, but in the long run new duct work will add to the energy efficiency of the unit.

Finally, when selecting an air-conditioning unit for your renovated space, be sure to ask about a warranty. Typically, no one expects a new system to malfunction right away, but occasionally there could be a defect that might impact how the system functions. Most units will come with a limited warranty but is an extended warranty is available, purchasing that is one more may to ensure that there will not be any repair surprises later and will save some money in the long run.

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