Installing Central Air Conditioning
First, installing central air conditioning should be done by a licensed HVAC professional. The cost of central air installation varies by existing ductwork available, size and layout of the home, and whether or not you have an existing air conditioner (AC replacement) or if you are installing an AC for the first time. In North Royalton and the surrounding areas, central air installation varies greatly. It is best to call and schedule a FREE in-home estimate for an accurate quote. At Sal’s, we have our Price Match Promise Plus program available. We will match any licensed competitor’s estimate apples to apples, plus other options may be available.
Running Your AC Efficiently
Once your central air conditioner is installed, there are a few tips to keep in mind to help it run all summer efficiently. For example, setting the thermostat higher when you are away and lowering it when you are home from work may help reduce your energy costs. With programmable WiFi-enabled thermostats, you can control your home’s temperature virtually anywhere with your smartphone. They also make it easy to set a schedule with your air conditioner! Set it and forget it.
Energy-saving air conditioners are essential to improve your energy bills and lower your carbon footprint. New air conditioners have much higher energy efficiency (EER) than older models. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rates central air conditioners on how much cooling they produce for each dollar spent on electricity. A central air conditioner with a SEER of 14 or above is considered a high-efficiency model, and these units typically cost more than lower-efficiency models. But the higher initial investment is often offset by lower energy bills over time.
Common Problems with Air Conditioners
Common problems with central air conditioners include:
- The compressor or fans are not working.
- There is insufficient cool air coming from the vents.
- The air conditioner is leaking water inside or outside of the unit.
- Strange noises are coming from the unit.
If you have central air and are experiencing any of these problems, or if your central air conditioner is over 12 years old, it may be time to replace it with a new, energy-efficient model. Replacing an old central air conditioner with a newer model is one of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.