Air Conditioning Installation For Your Columbia Home
Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid 1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. If you are looking into replacing your air conditioner then you will need the expertise of a qualified air conditioning contractor in Columbia. At Kaminer Heating and Cooling, our professional HVAC technicians have been performing AC installation services for over 50 years. We have the experience and training to help you select the best air conditioner for your Columbia home.
Sizing Air Conditioners
Air conditioners are rated by the number of British Thermal Units (Btu) of heat they can remove per hour. Another common rating term for air conditioning size is the “ton,” which is 12,000 Btu per hour.
How big should your AC unit be? The size of an air conditioner depends on:
- how large your home is and how many windows it has;
- how much shade is on your home’s windows, walls, and roof;
- how much insulation is in your home’s ceiling and walls;
- how much air leaks into your home from the outside; and
- how much heat the occupants and appliances in your home generate.
- It costs more to buy a larger air conditioner than you need.
- The larger-than-necessary air conditioner cycles on and off more frequently, reducing its efficiency. Frequent cycling makes indoor temperatures fluctuate more and results in a less comfortable environment. Frequent cycling also inhibits moisture removal. In humid climates, removing moisture is essential for acceptable comfort. In addition, this cycling wears out the compressor and electrical parts more rapidly.
- A larger air conditioner uses more electricity and creates added demands on electrical generation and delivery systems.
Air Conditioner Efficiency
Each air conditioner has an energy-efficiency rating that lists how many Btu per hour are removed for each watt of power it draws. For room air conditioners, this efficiency rating is the Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER. For central air conditioners, it is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER. These ratings are posted on an Energy Guide Label, which must be conspicuously attached to all new air conditioners. Many air conditioner manufacturers are participants in the voluntary EnergyStar® labeling program (see Source List in this publication). EnergyStar-labeled appliances mean that they have high EER and SEER ratings.
In general, new air conditioners with higher EERs or SEERs sport higher price tags. However, the higher initial cost of an energy-efficient model will be repaid to you several times during its life span. Your utility company may encourage the purchase of a more efficient air conditioner by rebating some or all of the price difference. Buy the most efficient air conditioner you can afford, especially if you use (or think you will use) an air conditioner frequently and/or if your electricity rates are high.
Room Air Conditioners—EER
Room air conditioners in Columbia generally range from 5,500 Btu per hour to 14,000 Btu per hour. National appliance standards require room air conditioners built after January 1, 1990, to have an EER of 8.0 or greater. Select a room air conditioner with an EER of at least 9.0 if you live in a mild climate. If you live in a hot climate, select one with an EER over 10.
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers reports that the average EER of room air conditioners rose 47% from 1972 to 1991. If you own a 1970s-vintage room air conditioner with an EER of 5 and you replace it with a new one with an EER of 10, you will cut your air conditioning energy costs in half.
Central Air Conditioners—SEER
National minimum standards for central air conditioners require a SEER of 9.7 and 10.0, for single-package and split-systems, respectively. But you do not need to settle for the minimum standard—there is a wide selection of units with SEERs reaching nearly 17.
Before 1979, the SEERs of central air conditioners ranged from 4.5 to 8.0. Replacing a 1970s-era central air conditioner with a SEER of 6 with a new unit having a SEER of 12 will cut your air conditioning costs in half.
Why Columbia Should Hire Us For AC Installation Needs
Our HVAC technicians stay current on new heating and cooling systems and Installation techniques through company sponsored continuing education and training, allowing them to provide the best service to our customers. Because our quality control standards are high, our service and installation technicians are among the best in the heating and air business. We guarantee your complete satisfaction with our air conditioning installation services.
If you are not satisfied with the AC installation service that we provided, we will refund all of your money. If our Comfort Specialists smoke or swear in your home, are not drug free, do not wear shoe covers or leave your home without cleaning up, you do not pay for the service. We also guarantee that the equipment that our technicians installed will perform as we have stated. If your new air conditioner does not cool your home to your satisfaction, we will remove the AC unit and refund 100% of your investment.
Our Columbia Air Conditioner Installers Provide
- Air conditioner installation
- Heating and cooling systems
- HVAC installation
- Central air installation
- Air conditioning services
- Air conditioner maintenance
- AC installation service
- AC unit install
- Air conditioning maintenance