With summer here, you may find that it’s time for a new cooling system for your Greater Cleveland area home. Newer A/Cs are more efficient than ever, but there are a few important factors that your HVAC technician must consider during the air conditioner installation. If these factors aren’t taken into account, your air conditioner won’t achieve its stated efficiency rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio – SEER).
Work with your contractor on these four elements and you’ll be ahead of the game:
- Size – Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to choose a system that’s either too big or too small for a home’s needs. Each situation can reduce the energy efficiency of your cooling equipment. A system that’s too big will start and stop too often (with less even cooling, more wear and tear on components, and inferior humidity control) while one that’s too small will run for too long as it struggles to cool your home during hot days.
- Tight ducts – Air leaks in ductwork can account for up to 35 percent of a home’s overall loss of energy. Plus, unfiltered air can find its way from your attic or crawlspace into your cleaner, distributed air. To avoid these issues, your HVAC technician should check for any holes or cracks in the ducts and get them sealed.
- Airflow – A lack of proper airflow means that your desired temperature will always remain out of reach, but your system will keep running as it attempts to reach it anyway. A well-trained professional can check for restrictive grilles or ductwork design, improperly sized ducts, and whether or not your air handler is compatible your other equipment.
- Refrigerant charge – This one can be a bit tricky for homeowners, mostly because it goes unnoticed much of the time. Current estimates suggest that as many as 70 percent of A/C units in use today utilize an incorrect charge, whether it’s too high or too low. Luckily, your HVAC technician will know how to set this charge to avoid any problems that could drop your system efficiency.
If you need more expert assistance with air conditioner installation, or have other home comfort questions, please contact the skilled professionals at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of the Greater Cleveland area for over 78 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioner installation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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