When you talk about air conditioning, most homeowners remember that it used to be a luxury three decades ago. But to be able to live and work in comfort especially during a Canadian summer, an air conditioning is a necessary item in your home.
CHOOSE THE IDEAL CONTRACTOR
If you are thinking of changing or installing a new air conditioning, it is a must to hire the ideal contractor to analyze your cooling requirements. Discuss your concerns with your present system with the contractor in contrast to your home’s current needs, and the various equipment alternatives out there.
You need to get some quotes and ensure they’re all a match. Ask for a written quote. But don’t neglect to ask about the disposal of your existing unit and if there’s a warranty on its various components. You’ll realize that a lower quote translates to a work below par and A/C equipment below acceptable standards. It will eventually result in an increase in energy costs and more discomforts.
A lot of homeowners perceive that their existing central A/C system is the ideal size and will end up buying a similar equipment. But it could be that its size is not a fit for your home first of all. You may also have done some renovations inside your house that requires you a different A/C system size this time. For instance, an additional insulation, zoning off vacant rooms, building an extra room, or the installation of new windows and doors.
A very small A/C system is not enough to cool your house. Meanwhile, a very big A/C will result in a rise in energy costs, humidity issues, and so on. Hire an expert to determine the right A/C size fit for your home.
ENERGY EFFICIENT SCORES
As time goes by, significant advancements among A/C systems are evident with newer models. Furthermore, modern A/C units provide more comfort minus the annoying noise, aside from the helpful reduction in your monthly energy bill.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rates an A/C unit’s energy efficiency. A higher figure is better and reduces the operating cost of the system. You can compute the rating by dividing the annual total cooling achieved by the amount of energy utilized to generate the cool air.
Since 1995, the Canadian federal government’s Energy Efficiency Regulations has included all central A/Cs all throughout the country. A SEER score of 13 is the minimum acceptable score while an Energy Star label has a score of 14.5 or over. The International Energy Star label is being awarded to those models that have the best levels in terms of energy efficiency. The good thing is that you can buy a unit that has a SEER score of 25.
KINDS OF A/Cs
You can choose from three primary types of A/C units among your alternatives for your home:
- A Split System or a central A/C together with a forced air heating system installed in homes.
- A Mini-split or a Ductless A/C system is ideal for homes that have a furnace but no duct system or have a heating system like a boiler system or a baseboard.
- A system that can get into openings, like a window. For instance, a room air conditioning. They are loud, not efficient and provides irregular cooling but is the most affordable unit out there.
You must be aware of your other alternatives when considering A/C installations in your home that still does not have one.
A SPLIT SYSTEM
The majority of Alberta homes utilizes this kind of air conditioning system. You put the condensing unit outside of your home, like in a patio stone, a concrete pad, or placed on a wall with the use of a bracket. A copper pipe with a tiny diameter is attached to the evaporator coil to keep in touch with the system. It is what they like to call the A-coil. You can usually see this on top of your furnace going into the duct system. The coil takes care of the extra humidity including the cool air. A tube lets the condensate or the moisture drain nearby.
A refrigerant that has cooled down will also cool the coil that help cool the air. The furnace fan – also used in a heating system – delivers the cool air all over your house. A thermostat with a dual purpose usually regulates the temperature. To reduce cooling costs, a lot of homeowners use a programmable thermostat to regulate the settings when the house is empty automatically.
A ductless mini-split A/C system is the second most typical kind of air conditioning unit. Its technology continues to advance while remaining famous among homes that do not have a heating duct system because they use a boiler system or an electric baseboard.
It resembles a split system since its exterior condensing unit gets rid of the refrigerant heat. Afterward, the cooled refrigerant is recirculated inside your home. Not like the split system, this indoor unit is typically self-containing and delivers the cool air using its fan. You’ll likely see this kind on ceilings or above the wall.
A mini-split system has several configurations and capacities. A lot of homeowners utilizes multiple indoor units on every floor of their home. You can also add a ductless unit on specific components of your house that generates a higher amount of heat like the computer room.
A ROOM A/C UNIT
You can see the majority of portable air conditioning’s mounted on windows. You can just plug it from an open window. Bigger ones require more electricity to work, and consumers are required to install a specific circuit for it. For bigger units, you might need a 240 volts circuit.
There are several systems built for a wall fitting. You usually call them “without louvered sides” and are made, so the frame of the wall does not get in the way of the airflow of the system. It uses your air conditioning sidewalls. Even if they meet the minimum regulations, they will never be as effective as normal units.