Air Conditioning is such a normal part of day-to-day life; we give it little thought. We simply expect comfort in our homes and offices regardless of the temperature outdoors. HVAC contractors are as diverse as the equipment they install. They must know how to properly choose and install a system that will take care of your needs efficiently and maintain your standard of living.
Consider the many HVAC systems designed for the home. They include:
- Split Systems
- Heat Pump Splits
- Package Units
- Gas Packs
- Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners
- Ductless Splits
- Room Air Units
How do they know which units to install for your particular needs? These HVAC professionals take many things into consideration. Here are a few of the things they factor in:
- How large is the building?
- How high are the ceilings?
- How much insulation is in the building?
- How many people are in the building at the maximum?
- How is the building positioned?
- Is there shade or are there other buildings that shelter the building from the weather?
- How much glass does the building contain?
Once they have this data, they determine the size and type of system that.
In the a/c industry, a ton of air conditioning is 12,000 BTU. This means a one-ton unit removes 12,000 BTU of warm air (replacing it with cool air) per hour. The (very loose) general formula is, you need one ton of air conditioning for every 400 square foot of space. Of course, the above-mentioned factors can change that figure.
People make the mistake of thinking a larger the HVAC system is always better. That is not true. A unit that is too small, will not cool the area. A unit that is too large, will short cycle continually and shorten the life and the efficiency of the unit. You need the correct size; not a bigger system and not a smaller system.
Lack of maintenance causes more system failures than any other issue. Many people do not sign-up for the service plans when buying their HVAC system. HVAC systems require service and maintenance at a minimum of twice a year. Most HVAC dealers will offer a maintenance service agreement when they install or repair a system. No matter how new or how old a system is, it requires maintenance. The cost of a service agreement is much less than replacing the system due to neglect.
With these basic facts about air conditioning service, you can choose a qualified and knowledgeable HVAC company for installation and future service needs. Building a relationship with a qualified HVAC dealer just makes sense.