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Why you should make the switch to a new Carrier air conditioner

Earlier this summer, we outlined some of the reasons you should change out your old, failing air conditioner for a newer model. However, here’s something else to consider: you should switch to a new Carrier air conditioner. As one of the world’s most-trusted names in indoor comfort, Carrier is the right system, and King is the right team to install it.

Pictured: A King rep talks to homeowners here in Chicagoland about their new Carrier air conditioner.The best place to start after reading this blog? Give us a call to schedule a free in-home estimate on a new Carrier system. During this estimate, we’ll help you find the right air conditioner for your home and your family’s cooling needs.

Why Carrier?

Carrier is one of the world’s oldest and most-trusted cooling companies. There’s a reason for that, actually: their namesake Willis Carrier practically invented the first air conditioner all the way back in 1902.

Most companies would just ride those credentials all the way to today, but the incredible thing is that Carrier has continued to innovate, invent, and establish themselves as one of the top HVAC manufacturers in the world. Today, they’re at the cutting-edge of sustainability, energy-efficiency, quiet design, and a number of other categories.

What makes a new Carrier air conditioner different?

Carrier’s whole line of air conditioners is built to impress. First, these systems are balanced, providing equal parts energy-efficiency, cooling performance, and quiet design. This results in a happier, cooler home, without the huge energy bills in the summer. Believe us: with the heat and humidity here in Chicagoland, you want to cut right through that and have a comfortable home.

Perhaps these hallmark qualities of a great Carrier air conditioner are best seen in the Infinity® 20 Air Conditioner with Greenspeed® Intelligence. Arguably one of the most efficient air conditioners available today, this system packs a cooling punch. It’s the top-of-the-class.

Why Carrier versus other brands?

Ask your neighbors: chances are that the system they trust to cool their home is a Carrier. That’s because generations of Americans have turned to Carrier for superior comfort and cooling. Carrier has long been focused on saving people money on energy bills while still providing high-quality systems.

Here’s another great reason to choose a Carrier: King’s professional AC installation experts can help you install your new system right. After all, an air conditioner is only as good as the installation, and our NATE-certified techs have the know-how and training to make sure your air conditioner is good to go and ready to start cooling your home.

To get started on your free in-home estimate, contact us! We’d love to meet with you and help you find the right Carrier for your home.

Benefits of an Energy Efficient Air Conditioning Installation

Have your cooling bills been sky high this summer? Don’t jump to blaming the electric company right away, your bills might be soaring through the roof because your air conditioning unit is having to work harder to cool your home than is has in summers past. In other words, the older your air conditioner becomes the less efficient it is. The parts and equipment that used to run great, now lag behind. Besides higher cooling bills, you will also notice an inconsistency in cooling around your home. One room might be freezing while the others are slightly cooled. Also, you might be having to set your thermostat lower and lower just to reach the desired cooling temperature in your home. If you are experiencing any of these signs, it might be time to check into an energy efficient air conditioning installation.

Top Benefits of an Energy Efficient AC Unit

1. Lower Energy Bills

While the thought of having a new energy efficient air conditioner installed in your home is an investment up front, in the long run, it is likely to save you money. Heating and cooling costs make up 50% of your home’s entire energy bill. Those costs are known to significantly reduce in the 1st month, sometime even by up to 1/3!

2. Fewer Repairs

When your air conditioning unit is operating at a higher level of efficiency, it’s not having to work harder that necessary to cool your home. This means that the equipment will remain in better condition and need less repair work over time. This is also a bonus because it means more savings for you!!

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3. Longer Lifespan

In addition to fewer needed repairs, your higher efficiency air conditioning unit will also have the benefit of a longer life span since it will not have to work as an older and less efficient unit does. You want your investment toward an air conditioning installation to last as long as possible and with the proper yearly maintenance and tune-ups, your efficient air conditioning unit could last up to 20 years.

4. Rebates and Incentives

Depending on which state you live in, there may be rebates and incentives available for installing a new energy efficient air conditioner. Make sure to do research on the rebates and incentives available in your area. Or you can ask you local HVAC professionals. They should be well informed on these types of programs to help you with some of the up front costs.

5. Environmentally Friendly

By having an energy efficient air conditioning unit installed, you will be doing your part to help the environment. You might even look for more ways to make your home more energy efficient!

How is Energy Efficiency Determined?

When it comes to an air conditioning unit, the level of energy efficiency is determined by the unit’s SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.) The higher the SEER Rating, the more energy efficient the unit is. The minimum SEER Rating for AC units is 14 but they can go all of the way up to a 23 rating. This is something to take into consideration when purchasing your new AC unit. The higher the SEER Rating, the more energy efficient your unit will be saving you even more money on cooling costs.

How to Help Your AC’s Efficiency

In addition to purchasing an air conditioning unit with a higher efficiency, there are things that you can do to help your air conditioner become even more efficient. By taking a few simple steps, you will be helping to further reduce your cooling costs, protect your air conditioning unit from needing frequent repairs, and extending the overall life of your unit.

  • Inspect your Air Ducts: If your air ducts have gaps that cause cool air to be lost before it even gets to your home, then your air conditioning unit is having to work harder to compensate for all of that lost cool air. By inspecting your air duct system and having them cleaned regularly, you will ensure that the cool air that your AC produces will be reaching your home with maximum efficiency.

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  • Keep Up with Regular Maintenance: Just like a vehicle, your air conditioning unit needs regular maintenance and tune-ups. It is suggested that your unit receives annual maintenance to ensure it is running at optimal levels.
  • Have a Programmable Thermostat Installed: A programmable thermostat will give you more control over the temperature in your home during specified times throughout the day. For instance if you want to set your thermostat to a higher temperature during the day when no one is home, you can program in those hours and the temperature will automatically adjust.

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  • Other Ways to Keep your Home Cool: There are other ways that you can rely on to cool your home besides putting the full responsibility on your air conditioning unit. By adopting habits such as closing all curtains and blinds during the hottest part of the day and using fans to help cool off a room will take some of the pressure off of your air conditioning unit.
  • Replace Air Filters: During the hottest months when your air conditioner is being used the most consistently it is important to pay attention to your unit’s air filters. They can get dirty and clogged quickly making your unit less efficient. If is recommended that during the peak months, your air conditioner is replaced every 30-60 days.
  • Clear Your Vents: By making sure that the vents that introduce the cool air into your home are exposed and unobstructed, the cool air produced by your air conditioning unit will be allowed to freely flow into your home.

Professional Air Conditioning Installation in Chicago, IL

For more information on energy efficient air conditioning units and to speak with professional HVAC experts, give us a call at King Heating and Cooling. Our NATE Certified technicians install all makes and models of AC units and will come to your home to help you decide on the best options for your home. With our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee you are sure to be happy with your results!

 

When is the Right Time for Air Conditioning Replacement

Sometimes its difficult to let things go. We like to hold on to things as long as possible to make sure that we get every bit of use out of it. This even applies to Air Conditioning units. When it comes time for replacement, it’s often difficult to determine what time is the right time to let go of the old and make way for the new. So how do you determine whether of not it’s the right time to consider replacing your old air conditioning unit- that is before it stops working completely, that one is kind of a given. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to wrap your head around whether it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit or if you can hold on to your current ac for a few more years.

Air Conditioning Replacement. Is it the right time?

Ask yourself these questions to help gain some insight on whether of not it is time to replace your air conditioning unit. By answering these questions, you will be able to make a more informed and educated decision when it comes to investing in a new ac unit.

How old is your current a/c unit?

The age of your current A/C unit is one of the biggest determining factors when considering replacement. The average unit has a lifespan of 12-15 years. If you get 15 years of cooling power out of your air conditioning unit, consider that a successful life! If your a/c is reaching it’s elderly years and just doesn’t have the same pizzaz that it used to, it might be time to consider a replacement.

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However, if it is getting up there in age but still works just fine, you might be able to get more time out of it before a replacement is needed. Before you decide to replace your a/c or hold onto it for a few more years, consider it’s age and determine how many more good years it might have left.

Has your a/c needed a lot of repair work?

Looking back at your air conditioner’s history will give you a better picture of it’s future. Does it seem like your a/c has needed to under-go repair work year after year? Has it had a lot of unforeseen problems that have popped up? If your a/c unit has had a difficult life, it’s not likely to suddenly get easier as time goes on. The amount of repair work done on an air conditioning unit will help you to get a glimpse into it’s future and see what the road ahead might look like. If that road looks like it’s full of repairs, expenses, and an a/c that keeps breaking down, an air conditioning replacement might be the way to go.

How is your a/c currently working?

Take an inventory of your air conditioning unit’s status. Here are some ways to recognize if your air conditioner is working properly.

  • The temperature in your home remains at the optimum temperature without a lot of fluctuation.
  • The rooms throughout your home are being evenly cooled.
  • Your unit isn’t making loud or strange sounds when it turns on.
  • Your energy bills are consistent and not showing elevated energy use caused from the cooling system.

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Life moves quickly and without you even noticing, your air conditioner could be struggling. It’s important to take some time and do some research to find out if your a/c is working just as well as it always has, or if there are some problems that need to be addressed. If you find that your air conditioner is not in top-notch condition, have an HVAC professional come and do an inspection of your unit. They will be able to tell you if there are simple repairs that can be made to fix the problem, or if there are bigger problems to start thinking about.

How energy efficient is your air conditioning system?

As a homeowner, you likely hear about “energy efficiency” all of the time. There are many ways to improve the energy efficiency in your home, and your HVAC system is a big item on that list! Approximately 50% of a homes energy bill is attributed to it’s heating and cooling costs. If the system in your home is becoming even slightly less efficient you are sure to see this reflected in your monthly energy bill. Older units are less energy efficient that newer models. This means less repairs, lower energy bills, and a longer a/c lifespan. So while investing in a new unit might seem expensive, it will ultimately save you money in the long run.

Has your air conditioning unit been well cared for?

It might seem silly to think of having to pamper your a/c unit and give it special treatment, but if you have, your unit is likely to last much longer with fewer problems than an air conditioning unit that has been neglected. If you have had annual air conditioning tune-ups, replaced the filters frequently, kept your unit clean and well protected from the elements outside, you are likely to get many more years out of your unit than if you haven’t looked at it since it was installed. Compare it to your vehicle, what would happen if you went years without taking your car in for a tune-up or an oil change. Would you expect it to last very long? Probably not. Same goes for your air conditioning unit. Giving it a little extra TLC increases it’s life-span and improves its quality.

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Replacing your Air Conditioning Unit

If you have come to the conclusion that it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit, don’t be bummed about it… it’s exciting. Replacing your older air conditioning unit with a newer model will make your home more energy efficient saving you money each month on your cooling and heating bills. It will also be much easier to cool your home without the headaches of frequent repairs. If you are ready to get started looking into your a/c replacement, we are happy to help! Give us a call at King Heating & Cooling anytime at (708) 687-6898.