S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Installation’

How Technology Has Pushed Energy Efficiency in the Last 5 Years

Monday, July 30th, 2018

air-conditioner-on-leavesThe air conditioning system has been around for over a century. The first electro-mechanical model was installed in a Chicago paper plant in 1902. But people tend to think of air conditioning technology as static—current ACs are pretty much just the same as the air conditioners from back in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, over the last 5 years of development, we’ve gone from having 16 SEER air conditioners (SEER is a measure of energy efficiency) as the highest in cooling efficiency. Now it’s common for homeowners to purchase 25 SEER air conditioners.

What got us to this point? How has technology increased air conditioning energy efficiency so high in so short a time?

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Is a Heat Pump Always a Better Choice Than an AC?

Monday, June 4th, 2018

air-conditioner-unitYou’re thinking about getting a new cooling system installed for your home. It might be a new house getting its first cooling system, or it be might a replacement for an AC system you’ve had for years. Whatever the case, you’ll face a few important choices. One of those is whether you should have a standard air conditioner installed or a heat pump. A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that can switch the direction it works so it can change over to heating a home as well.

“That’s neat,” you might say. “I’ll get the heat pump!”

Heat pumps are great, but it isn’t always as simple as that. Let’s delve deeper into the choice between a standard air conditioning system and a heat pump system.

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What Kind of New AC Do You Recommend?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

air-conditioning-plastic-grateHere’s a question we often hear from our customers when they’re looking to replace an old air conditioning system or have the first AC put in for a new home. Right around this time of the year is when they’re most likely to ask it, since spring is the ideal time to upgrade a home’s cooling—it’s easy to schedule and the work can be done long before the first hot days arrive.

When customers ask us in person about the best type of air conditioner, we can give them helpful answers. But as a general question it’s a bit tougher to answer. The right cooling system for a home depends on the house itself, the people in it, and the available budget. In other words, the best way to get a good answer to the question is to call us for a consultation.

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What Are My Options for Air Conditioning Installation?

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Replacing or installing a new air conditioner is an excellent idea for the fall. As you start to use your old AC less, you’ll have a good window of opportunity to upgrade to a fresh unit with superior efficiency and many years of trouble-free service ahead of it.

You have more choices for ACs than you may think: home comfort technology continues to evolve at a rapid rate. We’ve listed below some of the available options for your new air conditioning system. If the choices feel a bit bewildering, don’t let it concern you too much; you should contact professionals and let them help you make the decision. Afterwards, rely on them for the skilled installation that will take care of the job quickly and accurately.

For quality air conditioner service in Seattle, WA, you can trust to S&L Mechanical. Our technicians are available around the clock in case of emergencies.

High Velocity Air Conditioners

A high velocity AC is an excellent choice for homes that lack sufficient room for large ducts, and they also supply cooling that’s extremely energy-efficient and effective. These systems use small ducts and high-pressure airflow that distributes cooling rapidly throughout a room.

Heat Pumps

The standard heat pump that hooks up to a ventilation system is a great option for replacing an old air conditioner because it solves two problems at once: it delivers cooling and heating using the same process. Heat pumps use less energy in heating mode than most electric and gas furnaces and boilers, and they provide a great way to lower your bills while keeping a home comfortable throughout the year.

Ductless Mini Splits

This is another choice that works well for homes that lack room for ducts. But they are also excellent for remodeling, new home construction, or if you have concerns about indoor air quality. Instead of using standard ducts, ductless mini splits use individual blowers distributed throughout a home to send cooled air directly into rooms. You receive the power of a central AC with the point-cooling ability of window units. They can also be installed as heat pumps.

Geothermal Cooling

People sometimes think that geothermal power is only useful for heating. It’s not true! A geothermal heat pump can also supply a home with cooling at a level even more effective and efficient than a standard air conditioner. Geothermal systems also have immense longevity—and they aren’t as arduous to install as you may imagine.

Not every system is ideal for every house. Call in HVAC experts to look over your home and property so they can tell you what systems rank among your best options. You can count on S&L Mechanical to give you the answers you need… followed by the installation service that will take good care of your home and everyone in it. Look to us for air conditioner service in Seattle, WA.

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Why Does Size Matter with Air Conditioning Installation?

Friday, August 8th, 2014

When it comes to home projects, a lot of things are left to the “rule of thumb”. But many times, these simple “rules” can be inaccurate. This is no different when it comes to sizing your air conditioner. Many times, the rule of thumb for a new air conditioning installation is “bigger is better”. The truth is that many factors go into calculating what size of AC you’ll need in order to properly cool your home. This is why it’s important to work with a trained expert, like the ones at S&L Mechanical, who know and understand how to properly calculate cooling loads.

Why Size Matters

A wrongly-sized air conditioner is either going to be too big or too small. Each situation brings its own set of problems, but both will make your indoors uncomfortable.

When your AC is too small, it can’t cool your home adequately. This can result in constant cycling as the air conditioner tries to achieve the cooling you need. Constant cycling can wear down your components, cause motors to overheat and lead to possible breakdown.

An air conditioner that is too big presents a somewhat different problem. Part of the cooling process is the removal of humidity in the air, but when an over-sized air conditioner is installed, it cools the air so quickly that it doesn’t have the chance to dehumidify your home; this is known as short cycling, because the cycles are too short. Short cycling can wear down your system prematurely and leave you feeling cool and clammy instead of cool and dry.

Calculating Properly

The way to ensure you install an air conditioner that fits your home is to determine the cooling load you need. A cooling load is the amount of cooling you will need to comfortably cool your home. Multiple factors are considered when calculating, such as:

  • Orientation of your home
  • Insulation levels
  • Daytime heat gain
  • Windows – types and how many
  • Floor plan
  • Number of rooms
  • Number of occupants
  • Square footage

The calculation for cooling load can be complex, which is why it’s important to work with a trained professional.

Install with an Expert

No one wants to install a new air conditioning system only to find that it’s too big or too small. By working with a trained professional from the beginning, you can ensure your air conditioning installation goes smoothly. S&L Mechanical has helped many customers with their AC installation, and we can help you, too. Call us today and schedule an air conditioning installation in Seattle with one of our experts.

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