Whether your heating and cooling equipment needs repair or replacement, it’s better to hire licensed heating ventilating contractors than trying to do the job yourself. Because air conditioning impacts quality of life, hiring a company that offers the broadest range of services only makes sense. But how many services should a company offer? Below, we list the minimum range of services that a consummate heating and air conditioning company would offer.
Central Heating and Air Conditioning
If you condition your home or business with window units that offer heating and cooling capability, you may want to consider replacing them with central air conditioning. Here’s why: in addition to being quieter and more convenient to operate than window units, central air is also more energy efficient, with today’s best systems using up to 50 percent less energy than systems produced in the 1970’s. There are two types of central air conditioning: split-system, which is optimal for homes that have a furnace but no air conditioner; and packaged, which offers heating and cooling capabilities in one unit, eliminating the need for separate cooling and heating equipment.
Heating and Cooling Maintenance
Most heating and cooling problems can be prevented by proper maintenance, making it essential to hire cooling and heating ventilating contractors that feature maintenance as a core practice. If you don’t, you could end up being advised to replace a furnace or air conditioner when the true problem lies with a certain part.
Heat Pump Installation
Depending on your climate, a heat pump may be sufficient to heat your dwelling. Heat pumps work by drawing heat from outside air and pumping into an interior. Most heat pumps continue to work efficiently until the temperature drops below 30 degrees, and are compatible with existing central heating systems.
Boilers are critical for both water heat and radiator heat, and their efficiency is often overlooked due to their long lifespan. Currently, many people pay more than necessary to operate their boiler due to its poor electricity to heat conversion ratio of roughly 65 percent. Newer, more energy efficient boilers offer an electricity to heat conversion ratio of up to 90 percent.
Ductwork Installation and Maintenance
Installing ductwork is basic part of central air conditioning installation, but properly maintaining it is where the experts distinguish themselves from the amateurs. Over time, even properly installed ductwork can develop subtle leaks that let conditioned air escape into ceiling and wall spaces instead of being forced into living areas. In such instances, hiring an unlicensed air conditioning service could result in the advice that you need a new air conditioner, when the real issue is something less costly; ductwork maintenance.
Air conditioning is an indispensable part of our lives, but making sure that it’s there when we need it requires more than installing heating and cooling equipment; it also involves choosing the right type of equipment in terms of climate and dwelling, as well as properly maintaining the equipment to ensure it fulfills is useful life span.