If you’re considering an AC installation this approaching summer to replace your old system, now is a good time to plan for it. Our local warm weather means intense heat can arrive early, and February and March are good months to get started on planning for future cooling needs.
But you can’t install a central air conditioning system on your own as a do-it-yourself project. The work is too complicated and even selecting the right unit must be left to professionals. As soon as you think you’re ready to move with a new air conditioning installation in Tampa, FL, call our team and we’ll arrange to provide you all the help you need.
But first, a few things to consider when it comes to a new AC:
Is your old AC ready to retire?
If you’re considering replacing the air conditioner, is it because it no longer works as well as it once did? For a central air conditioner that’s 15 years old or more, a replacement is a good idea. For younger units, we recommend you call for repairs first to see if the system still has more years of effective and energy-efficient life left in it. Our technicians will examine the system and give you an honest assessment of the less expensive long-term route: repair or replace. A minor repair is often worth the five or so more years you’ll get from the system.
Have you thought about a heat pump rather than an AC?
Heat pumps are common in the Tampa Bay area because they not only work as powerful air conditioning systems, they also operate as energy-saving heating systems during the short winters. A heat pump costs more to purchase than a standard air conditioner; but if you also have an old electric furnace that’s ready for the scrapheap, a heat pump becomes an affordable choice. You’ll have both your heating and cooling taken care of with a single installation—and we think you’ll love the heating efficiency you’ll get from the system when the cold weather comes back.
What about a dehumidifier?
A home in Tampa without a whole-house dehumidifier is missing out on comfort and savings. An air conditioner has some dehumidifying properties, but that’s not what it was designed for. However, you can purchase an AC with a dehumidifier, or a separate dehumidifier for the HVAC system. When you can get high relative humidity down to a comfortable 45%, everyone in your house will feel cooler in the summer weather and you won’t need to run the AC as much. A new air conditioner installation is the perfect time to upgrade to a dehumidifier.
You might want to add zone control
Zone control allows you to divide the house up into separate “zones” that can be independently heated and cooled. Although technicians can retrofit an old HVAC system, adding zoning is easiest when putting in a new system. Ask our technicians if adding zone control will be a major benefit for your house.
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