Whether you’re installing new central AC equipment or replacing an existing heating and cooling equipment, a quality installation of high-efficiency equipment can lower your energy bills, increase comfort in your home, and extend the useful life of your equipment. Energy-efficient central AC equipment will be:
- Correctly sized to meet your home's needs
Installing the right size equipment for your home is essential to getting the best performance. Often, homeowners think bigger is better when buying new equipment, but in reality, a system that’s too large will make your home less comfortable and shorten the equipment’s life with frequent “on/off” cycling. Your contractor will ensure you get the right size system by measuring your home and calculating the appropriate size.
- Connected to a well-sealed duct system
Ducts circulate air from the central AC or heat pump throughout the house. Ducts that are damaged or poorly connected leak hot or cold air and waste energy. Your contractor will measure your home’s duct system leakage and will seal or repair the ducts to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
- Operating with sufficient airflow in the system
The airflow in your heating and cooling system needs to have the right volume to operate efficiently. If airflow is too high or too low, it can make your home less comfortable and increase your utility bills. Your contractor will measure airflow and make needed adjustments for optimal performance.
- Installed with the right amount of refrigerant
It’s important for an air conditioner or heat pump to have the correct amount of refrigerant, called the “refrigerant charge.” An improperly charged system may consume more energy and result in higher humidity. Contractors should test your home’s refrigerant charge and adjust it as needed. This will make your home more comfortable and help you avoid wasting money on your utility bills.