Residential AC Installation Service in North Central Illinois Area
Homes in the United States differ from residential units from other parts of the world because of one thing; the vast majority of U.S. homes have air conditioners. These cooling systems must be properly installed, regularly serviced and promptly repaired when they develop a problem. Residential AC installation is a challenging process which starts in the actual home. The floor area of your home must be accurately measured to determine the volume of air to be cooled as well as the most suitable capacity of an AC unit that can cool the space. At Town & Country Services, we have heating and cooling specialists who have a lot of industry experience and can help you design and install an efficient air conditioning system in your home.
In addition to the floor area, the number of occupants, type of insulation in the building and the amount of heat emitted by lighting fixtures, ovens, heaters and other appliances must also be considered. Sizing is important because an AC that's too big for a space will consume a lot of energy, leading to higher bills. Larger units are also more expensive to procure. On the other hand, installing a smaller unit in a large space will lead to frequent breakdowns as the AC will be overworked. While the small AC unit may be cheaper, it will have a shorter lifespan. Therefore, sizing is important.
Once the most suitable cooling capacity has been determined, the next step is to identify the most energy-efficient unit, in terms of SEER and EER ratings. The ideal air conditioner should have an Energy Star label. At Town & Country Services, we can help you buy the most suitable AC unit. Since the installation process may be costly, we also offer convenient special financing with approved credit. Call us today for a free consultation.
What are the benefits of Air Conditioning?
The benefits of air conditioning are to give a comfortable environment at work or at home throughout the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
An Air Conditioning unit can have two functions - heating/cooling and humidity control. With an auto changeover switch on most new units, you set the temperature and the unit will cool or heat as required automatically.
What goes into Installing a New System?
Putting a new system in a home that has not had central air and heat before will require the installation of ductwork, insulation, refrigerant piping, electrical service, wiring, thermostat, condensate piping, flue piping, flue terminations, chimney liner, slabs, filter, driers, registers, grills, drain pans and evaporator coil. Beyond equipment, the most important component installed with a new system, however, is the duct-work.
Duct-work is composed of two parts, supply and return. Supply duct is attached to the outflow of the new system, delivering air to each zone in a home. The amount of air reaching each zone is determined by the size of supply duct-work connecting it to your system. Your dealer will help you determine the size of all the supply duct-work in your home.
The second part of the duct-work, the return duct, attaches to the inlet of the new system and draws air out of the spaces to be heated or cooled. Attached to the return duct is the filter. The filter should be placed as near to the furnace or air handler as possible. Duct-work can be either fiberglass or metal and must be properly sized in order to evenly distribute the proper amount of air to each room.
What manufacturer makes the best Air Conditioners?
Air conditioning is a matured technology so most of the popular brands work well. Many of them use parts made by the same manufacturers. So, the main considerations are the price, warranty, attractiveness, noise, etc. Some manufacturers offer anywhere from a 10-12 year warranty on all parts while others offer only 1 year.
Whatever you decide, the most important consideration is the contractor you use. For your protection, make sure you use a licensed contractor for your installation. A licensed contractor using best refrigerant practices and procedures can save you time and money! You may buy the best system in the world but if it is not properly installed, you will actually be buying nothing but a big headache for years to come.