Comfort. Energy expenses. Safety. Value. Selecting an air conditioner or heating system for your home is a big decision. It’s an important investment today that will impact of the value of your home over years to come.It will play a key role in your home energy expenses for years to come. And when the summer heat is at its worst or the winter cold is keeping you indoors, you’ll want your family to have the best, most reliable system possible to insure your comfort and keep your energy expenses in check. Here are a few things to consider:
What do good central air and heating units have in common?
Efficiency. Effectiveness. Reliability. The best systems are efficient, operating on minimal electricity to keep your utility bills as low as possible. They provide steady, dependable performance year after year when properly maintained. And, of course, good systems are quiet, long-lasting and low in service needs. At C&M, we select the very best HVAC solutions for your home.
How can I be sure my unit is the right size?
Great question. We know that an air conditioner that’s too small won’t keep your home sufficiently heat or cool. But what you may not know is that a system that is too large for your home will turn on and off (cycle) too often, which wastes expensive energy and could create undue strain on the compressor.
At C&M, we make sure that we determine the optimum size for your home by carefully studying your heating and cooling requirements. This means taking a look at your windows – what are their dimensions and exposure. What is the overall floor space of the home? What type of insulation do you have? And how will your home do in this crazy Middle Tennessee climate. We also look at things you might not think of, such as where are your ovens and other heat-generating appliances? What direction does your home faces? We even take into account the amount of your home’s exterior shaded by trees.
Which air conditioners and heaters are energy efficient?
Much like automobile manufacturers, today’s air conditioner manufacturers are required by law to evaluate and rate their equipment according to its energy efficiency. This rating is known in the industry as a SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the equipment.
Most new homes come with central heat and air and are equipped with a standard builder’s model. However, when replacement becomes necessary, property owners can upgrade their systems by specifying a more energy-efficient system.
High SEER models are generally more expensive, but can easily make up the difference by reducing your home energy bills over the long run. To learn more, click here.
Are some air conditioners and heaters built better than others?
Definitely. You want to take into consideration the quality of your unit and the reputation of the manufacturer when you make this important purchase. You’ll want to know how much noise they make – noise pollution is important for your home or office.
For air conditioners, the compressor is the heart of a condensing unit. On a hot day, it works long and hard. For example, Rheem installs the highly advanced scroll compressor in every Rheem condensing unit they produce. Scroll Compressors are recognized by the industry as the leader in reliability, efficiency and quiet operation.
For heating, the heater core and the blowers are the main components. Other features to look for include louvered steel cabinets that protect the coils from damage and expensive repair bills. For example, Rheem units have a grill design that minimizes air restriction for quieter fan operation.
What should I look for in a contractor?
Dependability. Look for a contractor you see in your community. You want one who’s close by to provide you faster, more convenient service.
Your contractor should offer a recognized name brand. And he should have a well-stock inventory of replacement parts. You wouldn’t want to sit out a mid-summer heat wave waiting for a simple repair!
We hope you choose C&M – we have the length of service and reputation for customer service in Middle Tennessee to demonstrate our success. We also expect to earn your business – every household, every time.