Design Comfort Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Installation’

Make Sure Your AC Installation is Successful

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Do you know how to ensure a successful air conditioner installation? That’s okay if not, that’s what we are here for. When you live where we do, summers may be short but they still pack quite the punch, and therefore you want an air conditioning system that you can rely on.

The last thing you want to happen is that you reach the hottest day of the year only to discover that your air conditioner is not capable of providing you with the sort of cooling performance that you need. While maintenance and keeping up on repairs are essential, so is making sure you have a great installation to begin with. So how can you ensure that this is the case?

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It Is Important that Your New AC Is of the Right Size

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Investing in a new air conditioning system is a common undertaking at this point in the year. We’ve moved out of the winter season, but we aren’t running our air conditioners with any regularity just yet, and won’t be for at least a few weeks’ time. If you are interested in pursuing a new air conditioning system, though, we must warn you that working with a trained professional is the only way in which you can hope to get the AC best suited for your needs. One key factor to consider is the size of your air conditioner. Schedule your AC installation in Salt Lake City, UT with us to guarantee that your system functions as expected.

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How Sizing Impacts the Success of Your Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, April 6th, 2015

One of the primary factors to consider prior to investing in a new air conditioning system for installation in your home is the size of the system to be used. When we talk about size, however, we don’t mean that you don’t want to invest in an AC that won’t physically fit on your property – though that would be a serious problem. Instead, we mean that you must have an air conditioner which is appropriately sized for handling the cooling load that it will take to keep your home comfortable throughout the hottest time of the year. When you hire Design Comfort to complete your air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City, UT, you can count on the job being done right and that you’ll have an AC perfectly suited to your needs.

If your air conditioner is too small to handle your cooling load, a number of issues will make themselves evident before long. Your air conditioner is going to struggle to bring temperatures down to the desired temperature, and it will run on longer cycles than would be ideal in order to do so. What this means is that you may actually wind up spending more money than you should have to in order to cool your home, often with only a subpar cooling performance to show for it. By scheduling a professional installation of an appropriately sized air conditioner, you can cool your home both effectively and efficiently.

You may think, with this in mind, that going bigger is always better. However, you should know that using an air conditioner which is too large for your home is actually as problematic as using an undersized system. Sure, an oversized AC will be able to cool your living space effectively. However, it will do so too quickly, reducing its dehumidification efforts and causing the system to short cycle. This too can eat up more energy than you should have to use, and can put unnecessary wear and tear on your cooling system.

Trust Design Comfort to ensure that your air conditioner is of the right size for your needs, and that it is installed properly every step of the way. We know that cooling one’s home is a top priority among homeowners, especially during the peak heat of the summer season. That is why we take every precaution to guarantee the complete success of your air conditioning installation.

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How Do Air Conditioners Get the ENERGY STAR Sticker?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This is a question that air conditioning repair and installation specialists often hear: “What is that sticker with ENERGY STAR on it mean?”

No, it’s not a brand name, nor is it similar to the stickers you often see on computers that indicate a type of proprietary technology or component inside. (In fact, it can mean just the opposite, as we’ll get into below.) What the ENERGY STAR label indicates is that the particular air conditioning system has met the requirements of a voluntary government program that oversees energy-efficient performance and pollution control among appliances for both homes and businesses.

At Design Comfort, we encourage our customers to look into ENERGY STAR-approved products when they are starting out with air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City, UT. This way, they can receive savings as well as quality cooling power. However, it’s still important to rely on the assistance of professionals when selecting a system—and our staff will always be here and ready to help you.

How ACs qualify for the ENERGY STAR label

The ENERGY STAR program started in 1992 when the U.S. EPA initiated a voluntary set of guidelines to help homes and businesses reduce energy use and the emission of greenhouse gases without sacrificing productivity or comfort. Each type of appliance has its own set of requirements that an individual model must meet in order to receive the approval sticker from the program.

For central air conditioners to receive ENERGY STAR certification, they must have a minimum SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) of 14.5 and an EER (energy efficiency rating) of 12. In addition to this, the technology required to achieve the high efficiency must be non-proprietary and available to all manufacturers. (The idea is that saving energy must belong to everyone, not just a few companies.) The units must also have basic features that the program has determined consumers want.

The ENERGY STAR requirements are a good baseline for homeowners who are shopping for a new AC to install. With the ENERGY STAR label, you can feel assured that the system will save you money over one that lacks certification, and that you are doing your part to better the environment.

However, energy efficiency isn’t your only concern when it comes to air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City, UT. You will need the work of trained installers to make sure you have the proper sized unit to provide you with sufficient cooling, and to see that it is installed correctly. Call up Design Comfort when you are getting ready for a new AC for your home. We will guide you to the right ENERGY STAR system for you, so you will have savings and comfort for many years to come.

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The Importance of Sizing an Air Conditioning System

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

When you have a new air conditioner installed, one of the most important decisions to make is how powerful a new unit you need. This is called “sizing” an AC, and it’s more difficult than you may imagine. This isn’t a case where you can simply choose the largest system available. If your air conditioner is too large or too small, it will have serious consequences and the system will probably need early replacement.

Proper sizing requires calculations from HVAC professionals. Since professionals are necessary to correctly install an AC, make sure you have them on the job from the beginning. Call Design Comfort today to speak to our technicians who handle air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City, UT. They can assist you with finding the right system for your comfort.

Problems with an AC That Is Too Small

If you have an air conditioner that is too small to cool down your home, the system will start to run longer than it should to struggle to reach the desired temperature. This puts extreme stress on the AC and will wear it down rapidly. It will also fail to evenly condition the house, with many rooms developing hot spots because the system cannot produce effective cooling levels.

Problems with an AC That Is Too Large

It sounds logical that if an air conditioner is too large you can simply decide to run it less often. However, the problem that an oversized air conditioning system encounters is that it will start short-cycling: it will reach its target temperature so rapidly that the compressor will turn off early before completing the cooling cycle, only to turn back on again a short time later. This creates a huge power drain because the AC uses the most electricity when it turns on the compressor. The amount of strain put on the compressor will also threaten to burn it out after only a few years, and when this happens the whole air conditioner usually must be replaced.

You don’t want either situation to occur, so make sure you have AC installation done right the first time. Professionals will perform a heat load calculation which will factor the amount of heat your home traps and generates, and how much power is needed to overcome it and provide all rooms with even cooling. Once they finish the calculation, the technicians can select the air conditioner size that will work for you without draining power or wearing down rapidly.

Since 1982, Design Comfort has delivered quality air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City that has kept our customers cool and content through the hot summers. Make us your first call when you need a new AC for your home.

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When To Have A New Air Conditioning System, Professionally Installed

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Knowing when it’s time to replace your air conditioning system can be difficult. We often see homeowners that hang onto their dying AC system because they don’t want to go through the process of buying a new one. But there are several advantages to replacing your AC system and we wanted to help our customers understand when that time has come. Give us a call here at Design Comfort if you have any questions or if you’re ready for air conditioning system installation services in Salt Lake City.

When Do You Need Air Conditioning Installation Services?

Here are a few of the signs that you need to have a new air conditioning system installed in your home.

  • Not enough cooling – If your air conditioning system isn’t able to provide you with the amount of cooling that you need it could be time to replace it. It could be that your AC system is too small for your home but it could be another type of problem like a broken compressor, a bad fan motor or low refrigerant.
  • Frequent repairs – Your air conditioning system should be able to go long periods of time without needing repairs. If you have to call for frequent repairs for your air conditioning system it could mean that your AC is on its way out.
  • Inefficiency – Most homeowners want to be able to stay comfortable in their home but they don’t want to have to pay through the nose in order to do so. If your air conditioning system is using more energy than it normally does it could be a sign that you need Salt Lake City air conditioning installation services.

Benefits of Getting Professional Air Conditioning Installation

There are a few tremendous benefits to having a new air conditioning system installed.

  • Greater comfort – Obviously, if you get a new air conditioning system installed you will be able to better cool your home.
  • Efficiency – New air conditioning systems are designed to use as little energy as possible.
  • Reduced repairs – When you have a new air conditioning system installed you will likely be able to reduce the amount of repair that you need.

No matter what kind of problems you’re having with your AC, call the Salt Lake City air conditioning installation professionals at Design Comfort. We can work with you to determine if replacing your AC is the best idea or if you just need to repair it.

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How to Upgrade Your Air Conditioning Installation

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Getting a new air conditioning system installed in your home is a big decision and one that will affect you for a long time. If you’re like many homeowners then you want to make sure that you get the best possible installation for your new air conditioning system. Here at Design Comfort we are dedicated to the level of service that we provide and we wanted to put together a quick guide to how you can make sure that your new AC system gets installed right and works well for as long as possible.

Salt Lake City Air Conditioning Installation Services

One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make is to go out and just buy the biggest air conditioning system that they can afford. The thinking behind this is that the larger the unit then the more comfort they will experience. But what usually happens is that your home will be less comfortable, you may experience high humidity in your home and your AC system may experience more wear and tear. The first step of upgrading your air conditioning system is to make sure that you get the right-sized system for your home.

The next way that you can upgrade your air conditioning system is to make sure that it gets installed by a professional Salt Lake City air conditioning installation technician. One of the most common causes of AC repairs is bad installation. There are many different components that need to be connected and your professional HVAC company will be able to make those connections to ensure that your AC works well. Here are a couple benefits of getting professional installation.

  • Speed – One of the benefits to getting professional Salt Lake City air conditioning installation services is that it will get done much faster. No one wants to have to wait to have their AC system installed and having your system put in by a pro will make sure that it gets done as soon as possible.
  • Quality – Homeowners spend a lot of money purchasing and then running their air conditioning systems. That’s why getting professional installation is so critical. It will help ensure that your investment is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.

For air conditioning installation services make sure that you call the Salt Lake City air conditioning professionals at Design Comfort today.

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What to Consider During Your Air Conditioning Installation

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Are you in the market for a new air conditioning system for your home? There are numerous system types and brands available to homeowners today and it can be difficult to figure out which one to select for your home. Fortunately, it’s absolutely necessary to have your new AC installed by a professional Salt Lake City air conditioning technician, and this process includes finding the right AC for your home and budget. This stage is especially important, and at Design Comfort, we’re proud to be able to provide excellent air conditioning installation services throughout the Salt Lake City area. Call us today to discuss what we can do for you.

Let’s take a look at some factors to consider during the installation of your new AC:

  • Size. Perhaps the single most important factor that determines the effectiveness and efficiency of your cooling system is its size. It needs to be appropriately matched to the size of your home. During installation, a technician performs a load calculation, which gives him an indication of how much cooling you need. This number is matched against prospective systems. If your system is too small, it may endure additional wear and tear as it tries to cool your entire home. This can lead to overheating and may cause your system to fail prematurely. If it is too large, then it may be difficult to control. Your system could short-cycle frequently, and this constant turning-on and turning-off results in energy inefficiency.
  • SEER. Another factor to consider is the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of your air conditioning system. This number estimates the ratio between electrical energy input and cooling output over the course of a single cooling season. While it is only an estimate, it’s important to select a system with a high SEER if you want to save on energy costs in the long-term.
  • Professional quality. There are three good reasons to consider a professional for the installation of your new cooling system: reliability, performance, and energy efficiency. If you want to get the cooling experience and minimal energy costs that you deserve, find a reputable company whose technicians have technical expertise, experience, and knowledge of the industry.

Make sure you contact a professional Salt Lake City air conditioning installation specialist from Design Comfort today. We can make sure your home is comfortable and convenient no matter what the temperature is outside. Call us today.

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What to Consider for Your Next Air Conditioning Installation

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Whether you are investing in your first air conditioning system, or the time has come to schedule a professional air conditioning replacement, there are many different factors that must be considered prior to the installation itself. Being prepared for your AC installation is important, and the Salt Lake City air conditioning installation professionals at Design Comfort have the information you need to make sure that all the right steps have been taken. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure that you get the right air conditioning system for your home and personal cooling preferences. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

First of all, it is important that you thoroughly explore your air conditioning system options before deciding how you wish to cool your home. Split central air conditioning systems, which use a system of ductwork to circulate heated and cooled air throughout your home, are still the most common style. Not every home can accommodate the installation of bulky ductwork, though. If ductwork is not a good option for your home, or if you are looking to avoid the energy efficiency problems that sometimes develop with air ducts, a ductless mini split system may be a good choice. These systems use wall mounted blowers to cool rooms in your home directly, eliminating the need for ductwork. A heat pump is a great way to cool your home while using far less energy than other systems demand. Do your homework and make sure that you get the right system for your home.

It is also important that you consider the efficiency of the air conditioning system that you invest in. All air conditioners are assigned a SEER, which stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. This rating indicates how efficiently your system will work to cool your home. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system. By purchasing an air conditioner with the highest SEER you can afford, you can cool your home with the greatest efficiency possible.

To learn more about what to consider prior to your air conditioning installation service, call Design Comfort. We are happy to answer any questions you still have about your air conditioning options in Salt Lake City. Let us help you keep your home cool in the most appropriate way this summer.

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Warning Signs that Indicate Air Conditioning Replacement

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Is it time to retire your AC? It can be difficult to know how to tread the line between continuing repairs and replacement. At times, continuing to repair your AC may be the most cost-effective option for your home, especially if you’re not yet ready for a comprehensive system replacement. At other times, continuing to repair an old unit can often feel like a losing battle as you constantly put more of your hard-earned cash into a declining system. At Design Comfort, we believe in assisting customers to help them make the best possible decisions for their comfort and their budget. Call us today when you’re ready to learn more about your next air conditioning installation options in Salt Lake City.

Let’s take a look at some warning signs that indicate an air conditioning replacement might be right for you.

  • Old age. Your AC is not getting any younger. At a certain time, it may be worthwhile to retire your AC and get yourself a new system. Today’s air conditioning systems are highly energy efficient and boast incredible cooling performance, when compared with the technology of even just 15 years ago. You may find that your AC no longer gives you the cool air you need.
  • Frequent repairs. Another reason to consider replacing your air conditioner is frequent repairs. You need to make sure that you’re not paying more in repairs than it would to pay for a new system. While some repairs are inevitable and necessary to keep your AC running, consult with your AC technician if you feel as though the repairs are too constant for your liking. It might be time to invest in the future of your comfort.
  • Energy efficiency. While energy efficiency alone may not be enough to make you consider replacement, if you’re paying what seem like astronomical sums on your energy bills every month and your AC is old, then you should probably consider replacing your AC. If not now, then keep in mind that the time may come soon, and it’s better to know your options now than to wait until your system breaks down in the middle of summer.

Call the Salt Lake City air conditioning installation professionals at Design Comfort today to learn more about our installation services.

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