Air Conditioning Unit Installation and Replacement
If your air conditioning unit is no longer keeping its cool in the summer heat, it may be time to consider installing a new unit. So Cal Services offers top of the line, trusted energy efficient products. When you are looking for an air conditioner for your home, there are several options and features to choose from. For expert advice and precise installation call So Cal Services to help with your new cooling system. One of our experienced technicians will offer you a free estimate and will make sure that the right system is installed in your home to ensure maximum performance.
Ways To Tell You Need Air Conditioning Replacement
- Too Many Costly Repairs
- System Always Running
- Strange, Loud Noises
- Increased Energy Bill
An air conditioner replacement is a worthwhile investment to keep your home comfortable and potentially save you money in the long run. If you decide a new air conditioner is right for you, So Cal Services will have you feeling cool in no time. Don’t give your AC the cold shoulder – call our technician at (951) 926-1978 for a free replacement estimate.
So Cal Services Offers AC Replacement Options
Central Air Conditioning System
The most common type of central air conditioning is the split system, installed in most Southern California residential homes. This system features a condenser outside the home and a coil system inside connected by pipes carrying refrigerant. The refrigerant cools the air and a blower circulates air through ducts throughout the house. Central air conditioning provides cleaner air and operates quietly.
Nothing beats the ease and simplicity of central air conditioning. Integrated into your home’s existing ductwork and controllable by your regular thermostat, it provides not only cooling but humidity control as well. Best of all, there’s no bulky unit in your indoor rooms.
With a central air system, the cool air is sent through the air handler on your furnace into the your ductwork, where it is carried into the rest of the house.
Hybrid Heat Split System: Hybrid systems use both an electric heat pump and a furnace—the heat pump option allows you to rely on electrical heating, a much more energy-efficient alternative, and only switch to gas on extremely cold days.
This makes them a great choice for homes in temperate climates, but heat pumps also work hard in warmer weather, too. They help cool and dehumidify interiors, as well. Beyond those distinctions, hybrid systems have a structure similar to split systems, with components housed indoors and out.
Heat pump option makes them more energy efficient, all year round. A good choice for homes in warmer regions, hybrid systems can also be manually operated to control the heating source
Split Ductless Systems
Split ductless systems are similar to central air systems. They are often installed in older homes that just have baseboard heating or radiators. Split ductless systems have an outside condenser with one or more indoor units with blowers mounted high on the wall. Unlike central systems, split ductless systems need no duct work.
Ductless air conditioners rely on thin cables that are easy to run through walls, and don’t require damaging or expensive construction. The indoor units can be mounted on the ceiling or a wall, where they’re out of the way.
Ductless systems also offer a more flexible alternative to traditional ducts, and can be more readily installed in a home since there’s less work to do. And if you’re an allergy sufferer or just like things to be extra clean, the absence of ducts means less dust, pet hair, pollen, and other irritating substances are distributed through the air in your home.
They’re also safer, since they’re combustion-free and won’t give off carbon monoxide. However, duct-free systems will require more frequent maintenance and replacement since the heat pump’s components are working year-round.
Heat pump air conditioners are an alternative form of central air conditioning. Heat pumps work on the principle of heat transfer. The heat pump acts as a transporter constantly moving warm air from one place to another, depending on the season. When it’s hot outside the pump extracts the heat from inside your house to the outside. When it is cold outside the process is reversed.
How to gauge energy efficiency in HVAC systems
If savings are a concern, highly energy-efficient equipment is ideal, as it will help you keep energy expenses lower long-term. While the makeup of your HVAC system will largely determine its energy efficiency—namely whether or not you install a heat pump or strictly use a combustion furnace—there are industry measurements that can help you determine the rated efficiency for different models.
If the ductwork wasn’t designed well (more twists and turns than needed) or if it isn’t sealed properly and air is leaking, the efficiency of a central system drops.
In terms of installation quality, the experienced technician will ensure the right level of refrigerant, a level surface for the outdoor unit, that the system matches the air handler, and more.
Today’s central air conditioners often have noise-reducing features, such as specially designed fan blades, compressor and pan base insulation, and variable-speed fans. However, since the unit sits outside your home, it’s important to choose one that won’t bother you or your neighbors. The best AC units produce sound levels under 71.25 decibels – as loud as a conversation in a restaurant.
Many central air conditioner models come in multiple sizes, so you can choose the most appropriate one for your home’s square footage. If a central AC unit is too small, it wastes energy and struggles to produce consistent cooling on the hottest days. If it’s too big, you paid extra when a smaller model would be more energy efficient – and it won’t dehumidify your home as effectively.
A trained technician, like those at So Cal Services, can help you choose the ideal unit for your home, local climate conditions and budget.
Choosing a Thermostat
Central air conditioners are often only as good as the thermostats to which they are connected. When installing a new system or replacing old HVAC equipment, consider replacing your thermostat as well.
We suggest a programmable thermostat that allows you to schedule when your HVAC system runs. If you want more advanced features, such as smartphone control, automatic schedules and smart home integration, consider getting a smart thermostat.
Hiring the right contractor can make a huge difference in unit performance. An HVAC system isn’t just the sum of its components—it will need to be installed properly to ensure that it runs efficiently and well. Therefore, finding a qualified contractor to do the installation is key.
While HVAC systems can be confusing, the decision to purchase or replace all or part of your heating and air conditioning is a big one, that can affect your home’s overall comfort for years to come. Meanwhile, with technological advances in system efficiencies, it pays to be knowledgeable about your model including energy efficiency ratings, noise output and warranty before you buy.
Protect Your New Air Conditioning System
Once your new air conditioning system is installed, you’ll want to keep in working efficiently. You wouldn’t drive your car for a year without getting an oil change the same logic stands true for your new air conditioning system. You shouldn’t install a new AC system without scheduling for a tune-up. Our Cool Club Service Agreements provide our customers with many scheduled maintenance benefits. Be sure to ask our expert technicians about how to become a Cool Club member.