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Three Ways Central Air Conditioning Makes Your Home More Energy Efficient

May 7th, 2015

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When you think about central air conditioning you usually think about cooling your home and making it that much more comfortable.  The one thing you may not consider is energy efficiency.  I mean, you are adding a central air conditioning system.  Wouldn’t that, by design, add to the amount of electricity that your home uses?  Well if you live in the Jacksonville, FL area, chances are you are already using window air conditioning units.  Believe it or not, when you compare the two, central air conditioning can actually help make your home that much more energy efficient.

So how exactly does central air conditioning add to the overall energy efficiency of a home?  The energy efficiency of a home is based around the amount of energy that is consumed by your home overall.  When you have central air conditioning, you are going to be able to eliminate all of those window air conditioning units you have been using.  You’ll also have more control over how long and when the air conditioning kicks on, and also experience the benefits that new technology brings to the table.  Let’s take a closer look at these factors.

Getting Rid of the Window Air Conditioning Units

Window air conditioners consume an incredible amount of electricity.  This is due to the fact that you likely have several of them dispersed throughout your home and have to have them running around the clock.  A large window air conditioner that is used to just do a portion of your home can use as much electricity as a central air conditioning system would that does your entire home.

The goal for any homeowner should be to try and eliminate your window air conditioning units.  They consume a great deal of electricity and are going to work in a far more inefficient manner than your central air unit would.  When you can replace those window units with central air conditioning, you are going to be adding money in your pocket every month.

Improved Control Over the Running of the Air Conditioning

You also want to have control over how your air conditioners run.  This means having the air conditioning run when your house needs to be cooled down as a whole, and to have it run in a manner that is going to efficiently and effectively cool the whole house.  This equates out to having full control from a temperature sense.  When you have window air conditioning units, you may have some of them that are going to have to run around the clock in order to cool a home.  Many of these units do not even have auto-off features once they hit a certain temperature.  Even if they do, they’ll cycle on and off far more frequently than central air conditioning will do, causing the energy usage to increase.

WIth central air conditioning you truly do have full control over your system and the temperature that your home is operating at.  A central air conditioning system is going to have a thermometer that is going to control your entire home’s temperature from top to bottom.  This means being able to have your unit kick on only when it is needed and to work to get your home to to that target temperature before cycling off again.  You also have the ability with central air units to have multiple zones in the event that you want to have control over multiple areas of your home independently.

Taking Advantage of Technology Advancements

There have been a lot of advancements in recent years in terms of central air conditioning and the energy efficiency levels that they operate at.  You want to have the latest and greatest technology in this area so that the technology advancements can be used to your advantage.  The energy efficiency level that your central air conditioning system is going to operate at is going to be far more efficient than the older window air conditioning units your home is operating with.  WIth the new technology that is out there, taking advantage can help save you money in the long-run in terms of energy costs to help offset the installation of the central air system itself out of the gate.

Central air conditioning truly can be a money-saver when it comes to energy efficiency.  You want to be sure that the air conditioning system you are going with is going to be highly-rated in the energy efficiency department.  Having a sound understanding of just how much energy you’ll be savings annually compared to those old window units you are currently using can help put the whole project into perspective from a value sense.

The Benefits of Repairing vs. Replacing Your Home Air Conditioner

May 7th, 2015

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As a homeowner living in the Jacksonville, FL area, you put a premium on the cool air that your air conditioner blows throughout your home.  Think about where your home would be from a comfort level if you had to go through those hot months of July and August in the Florida area without an air conditioner?  Needless to say it would be pretty humid, pretty hot, and pretty miserable.  So when your air conditioner breaks down, as it is inevitably going to do somewhere down the line, you have two options in front of you.  The first option is to have the air conditioner repaired, while the other is to have it replaced.

 

There are some well-documented benefits to having you air conditioner repaired before you have it replaced completely.  This is due to the fact that repairing over replacing can help save you time, save you money, and can also help you gain a better understanding of how your air conditioner functions and what you can to do to ensure that it does not break down again.  Let’s take a closer look at a few of these benefits listed here.

 

Saving You Time

 

You do not have a lot of time to waste when your air conditioner breaks down and you are living in Jacksonville, FL in the hot summer months.  Your air conditioner is never going to seemingly break down when you do not need it.  This is because when it is already pretty cool in December and January, chances arroyo are not even using your air conditioner.  It is going to break down when you rely on it most because that is when you are putting the most stress on it.  Once it does break down, repairing it is simply going to be faster than replacing it outright.

 

Replacing an air conditioner, when it is a central air unit, a window air conditioner, ductless air conditioner, and so on is a big project.  It requires completely uninstalling the old air conditioner and finding a replacement that is going to be able to accomplish the same task with the same level of effectiveness and efficiency.  A repairman may be able to get your air conditioner back up and running in no time at all.

 

Saving You Money

 

As a homeowner, it is always better when you can save money and keep your home as comfortable as possible.  Repairing your air conditioner is typically cheaper than having it replaced.  Compare your air conditioner tons something such as your car.  When your car breaks down, you take it to the shop and have it fixed.  Whatever part broke down you get that part fixed or replaced and the car is as good as new again.  This is much cheaper than just buying a new car.  The same methodology can be applied to an air conditioner in Jacksonville, FL.  It has so many components that you can have just the broken component repaired or replaced and have the whole air conditioner back up and running again for a fraction of the cost of replacing it entirely.

 

Gaining an Understanding of How an Air Conditioner Functions

 

It can be a challenge to really understand exactly how you air conditioner works.  The more that you know, though, the more that you are going to be able to help maintain your air conditioner, watch out for warning signs, and be more proactive so that you can work to try and prevent any future breakdowns or anything like that.  When you have a professional over to help you diagnose the problem that is in front of you, ask question sos that you can gain a good idea of the different components or an air conditioner.  Ask what you can from a maintenance perspective as well to help minimize the number of repairs that you need on an annual basis.  The more you know the more you can prepare and be proactive.
There are some tried and true benefits of repairing over replacing an air conditioner.  Air conditioners are fairly expensive assets and when they break down you want to reach out to a professional to see if a repair is even feasible.  If it is, chances are the repair is going to be able to be done faster than a replacement.  That repair is going to not only help save you money, but is also going to help you understand your air conditioner’s components and how to maintain it going forward.

How to Determine the Potential Cost of Central Air Conditioning

May 7th, 2015

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One of the more popular questions out there among homeowners in the Jacksonville, FL area is what the average cost of central air conditioning actually is.  The idea of having central air conditioning in your home in those hot summer months in Florida in July and August brings a smile to the face of most people.  Many do not have a full grasp, though, as to what the actual cost of the air conditioning is and how your home will fit into the different price buckets.  There are a lot of variations and factors to consider as you analyze your home and try and estimate what central air conditioning will actually cost.

The cost to install central air conditioning in your Jacksonville, FL home is going to vary a great deal.  The cost can range from $5,000 up to $15,000 or more depending on a variety of factors.  This is going to include an analysis of where your electrical system currently stands, how the heating system in your home is set up, whether or not you have ducts, the size of your home, among other things.  Let’s take a look at factors to consider to help you get an idea of what you’ll be dealing with from a price perspective when it comes to central air conditioning.

Breaking Down the Various Cost Factors

So what is made up of the actual price of central air conditioning for your Jacksonville, FL home?  The initial cost is going to have to include the professional that you get set up with to plan out the central air conditioning system and carry out the actual labor.  These are going to be the individuals who size out the unit that you need, plan the work, and then execute on the work to install the unit run ducts if you need it, do electrical work, and so on.

Material costs also have to be factors in.  There are going to be costs that revolve around the cost of the condenser itself, any extra wiring that you may need, electrical equipment or hook-ups that may be required, potential ducts, as well as any miscellenous tools and equipment that are going to be used for the install.

Does Your Home Have Ducts?

The first thing you want to consider is how your home is set up in terms of a heating system.  If you are living in a home with forced hot air then chances are you have ducts running through your home already.  This is a huge money saver for homeowners when it comes to having central air conditioning installed.  When you have the ducts already, all that really needs to happen is to have the condenser installed and hooked up to the ducts that are already in place.  They’ll already be there to deliver the cool air throughout your home.

If your home does not have ducts, expect the price of central air conditioning to increase dramatically.  Running ducts for central air conditioning through a home can be quite costly as it requires a lot of labor and a lot of work to get them situated properly throughout your home.

The Size of the Home Matters

The size of your home is going to matter a great deal when it comes to central air conditioning.  If you have a larger home, chances are you are going to need more ducts and a bigger condenser.  This is going to equate to a bigger price tag.  To get an idea of just how much power you need out of your central air conditioning system you really need to get a professional on-site as quickly as possible.  They’ll be able to give you a full assessment of where you stand so that you can be prepared to know what you are dealing with price wise.

Electrical Considerations

Your electrical system also needs to be able to handle the central air conditioning system.  Having a professional assess if your electrical system has the capacity to handle the condenser and its power can help put all of this into perspective.  Make some electrical considerations early on in the process so that costs associated with this area do not creep up when you least expect them to.

The costs of having central air conditioning installed can vary greatly.  Proper planning, though, can help you estimate what it is going to cost you in a fairly accurate sense to see if it can fit your budget.

Five Things to Focus on to Help You Choose The Perfect Air Conditioning Unit

May 7th, 2015

Hand of woman includes air-conditioner

Anyone who has lived through a hot Florida summer knows the value of a quality air conditioner. There is a lot to buying an air conditioner though. If you just walk into one of the big box retailers and grab one off of the shelf, you could be doing a major disservice to your home. You need to plan ahead to be sure that you are getting the perfect air conditioning unit for your home. This means that it is going to be an effective unit to help accomplish its goal of keeping you home cool and comfortable in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

So what are the areas that you should be focusing on when you choose your air conditioner? Step one is to understand that there is no one size fits all with air conditioners. You’re also going to want to focus on the energy factor, as well as installation, control options, and quality. As long as you pay attention to these key areas, you are likely going to end up with the perfect air conditioner for your home. This can help make those hot July and August months in Jacksonville, FL a bit more bearable.

One Size Does Not Fit Every Room

The first factor that you have to keep in mind is that there is no one size fits all when it comes to air conditioners. If you end up with an air conditioner that is too mall, it is not going to be able to do an adequate job to cool the room. if the air conditioner is too big then you are going to find that the humidity level of the room is going to end up all out of whack due to the cycling of the unit and the cooling happening as far too quick of a rate. This can leave a room feeling very damp and clammy overall.

The goal should be to have a room air conditioner that is the right size based on your room. You want to focus on the rating of the air conditioner from a BUT sense to make sure that the size of your room lines up with what the air conditioner is rated to do. Central air conditioners fall in the same area so talk to your professional to see what central air unit is going to be appropriate for your home.

The Energy Factor

You do not want to forget about energy when it comes to air conditioners. Every air conditioner is going to consume a certain amount of energy on an annual basis. Some air conditioners, though, are simply going to perform more efficiently from an energy perspective than others. When you are shopping for the right unit for your home check the energy ratings that the unit has and try and find a balance between price point, size of the unit, and energy efficiency.

Installation

Installation also has to be a consideration when it comes your air conditioner. Once you make a decision on the right window, ductless, or central air unit, have a plan to get it installed. This is likely going to entail looping in a professional in the air conditioner space in the Jacksonville, FL area. Do-it-yourselfers out there may find themselves running into issues when they try and take on these tasks on their own.

Control

You want to have control over your air conditioner. Be sure that the unit that you are buying is going to be able to give you the level of control that you are looking for. This means allowing you to set a temperature and let the air conditioning unit work to get to that temperature and then cycle off. This can help in the energy efficiency department.

Quality

You also want to have a quality air conditioner. See what warranties are going to come with whatever unit you are checking out. Make sure that what you are buying is going to be backed by the supplier and the manufacturer so that you can have piece of mind over your purchase.

Buying an air conditioner can be quite an investment into the overall comfort level of your home. Doing your homework and determining the appropriate air conditioning unit for your home is a worthwhile activity. It is going to lead to a home that is comfortable and cool in those hot summer months.

How Does a Heat Pump Heat?

May 4th, 2015

Heat pumps are rising in popularity as people come to realize the extent of the benefits they provide. Their construction and method of operation allows them to provide a heat output equal to that of more traditional furnace and boiler systems, but with only a fraction of the cost. They’re both energy efficient and safe. How do heat pumps actually accomplish this feat? Read on to learn about the inner workings of heat pumps, and how they can provide such substantial advantages.
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What is Involved in the Maintenance of a Central Air Conditioning Unit

April 20th, 2015

As a homeowner, it is a big investment to bite the bullet and have central air conditioning installed.  Central air conditioning is a home improvement that you can make that can really provide your home with a level of comfort that is unparalleled.  This is especially the case if you are living in one of the warmer climates of the United States, such as the Orlando or Jacksonville, FL area.  Once you have central air conditioning installed in your Florida home, you want to do all that you can to protect it.  A typical central air conditioning unit should last around 15-years or so.  What can you do, though, to ensure that it reaches that expected lifespan?  What are the maintenance steps that you should be taking on a periodic basis?
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What is Ductless Air Conditioning and How Can It Help You?

April 20th, 2015

Many homeowners in the Jacksonville, FL area put in a lot of research to try and figure out the best way to cool their home.  They do this long before those hot summer months roll in so that they can be ready for what lies ahead.  The July and August months in the Jacksonville, FL area can get extremely hot and humid.  It is not uncommon for temperatures to get up and above one-hundred degrees at times.  Adding the humidity onto that and you are in a situation where your home can get extremely uncomfortable.  There are really three options for homeowners when it comes to air conditioning.  One is the window air conditioning unit option which is the quickest but is also the least effective.  There is the central air conditioning system option and then there is the ductless air conditioning option.
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How Zone Control Systems Can Assist Your Central Air Conditioner

April 13th, 2015

Room ThermostatA zone control system is a great asset to have in your home, especially if you have a central air conditioner.  When you get central air conditioning installed in your Jacksonville, FL home you are doing so in order to regulate the temperature inside of it.  What this means is making sure your kitchen, your bedroom, bathroom, and all other rooms in your home are exactly where you want them to be temperature-wise.  Zone control systems are a great complement to central air conditioning in that they allow for this level of control to be had with great ease.

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Comparing Window Air Conditioning Units to Central Air Conditioning Systems

April 6th, 2015

Window AC UnitMany homeowners often try and figure out if they are better off with a bunch of window air conditioning units or if they should put out the money to buy a central air conditioning system and have it installed in their home. It is a fair & important question to ask, especially if you live in the Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL areas. It is pivotal to ensure that you are going to be able to keep your house cool. When those hot July and August months roll in with the extensive humidity and heat, you want to be able to find some relief. Both options are going to get you some sort of relief, but it is central air conditioning that is going to do it in a more effective and efficient manner. Continue Reading

What is Involved With the Installation of a Home Central Air Conditioning System?

March 30th, 2015

Energy save solutionAs a homeowner living in the Jacksonville, FL area, the idea of home central air conditioning probably brings a smile to your face.  Think about the heat of those summer months.  July and August in the state of Florida can be ridiculously hot, making the home improvement of adding central air conditioning a great investment.  One of the hurdles with this home improvement though is not really knowing or having an understanding of what is involved.  Having home central air conditioning installed in your Jacksonville, FL home is a pretty big job.  The more that you know beforehand though the more you’ll be able to prepare you and your home for the upgrade it will bring. Continue Reading