There's No Reason to Delay an A/C Replacement When You Stand to Gain These 7 Benefits

If your air conditioner is getting up there in age, the benefits you stand to gain from an A/C replacement are worth it the initial cost. In fact, delaying the replacement may lead to higher energy costs and paying for costly repairs — not to mention having to go without cooling for a time should the system break down.

Expected life span

Homeowners can expect an air conditioner to last between 15 and 20 years, with a well-maintained system purchased from a reputable manufacturer reaching the latter, while a neglected system may not even last as long as 15 years. In fact, replacing a system that’s just 10 years old can deliver proven benefits, since cooling technologies are always evolving, allowing manufacturers to create ever more efficient air conditioners.

Benefits of replacing an air conditioner

If you’re facing a repair, or your cooling system isn’t very efficient, here’s how you stand to gain from an A/C replacement.

  1. Reliability – Your replacement system will operate without fail, and you won’t have to suffer through the inconvenience of going without cooling when the system requires a repair.
  2. Energy savings – Choose an air conditioner with a higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), and you’ll drive energy bills -- and lifetime costs -- down.
  3. Tax credits – Purchase a high-efficiency A/C replacement, and earn an energy tax credit of up to $300.
  4. Environmentally friendly – New cooling systems must employ the more environmentally friendly refrigerant R-410A, releasing fewer greenhouse gases.
  5. Warranty – A new system comes with a full warranty, so the system is covered should something go wrong, and you’ll generally have protection from paying for costly repairs on the system’s primary components.
  6. Comfort – You can trust that your A/C replacement will encourage optimal comfort in your home, with improved dehumidification and response to indoor humidity levels, and better distribution of cooled air.
  7. Air quality – Improved control over humidity also means less chance of mildew and mold growth occurring in the home. Choosing a system with higher-efficiency filtration encourages fewer indoor pollutants, giving indoor air quality a boost.

Thermacon Service Company serves homeowners in Port Arthur. Give us a call today if you suspect it’s time for an A/C replacement in your home.

How the Right Heat Pump Installation Ensures Peak Performance

Homeowners in the Golden Triangle area of Texas enjoy beautiful weather for the better part of the year, and it happens to be ideal weather for heat pump systems, too. If you’re outfitting your home with a new heat pump, make sure your HVAC professional helps you select the best model for your needs and provides proper installation to ensure peak performance, comfort and energy savings.

Heat pump installation: getting started

Heat pump installation involves much more than selecting the best deal or simply swapping out your old heat pump with a new one of the same size. Your new heat pump must be sized according to your home’s heating and cooling load. In turn, your home’s ductwork may need to be modified to provide efficient and balanced air supply and return for the new system.

To maximize energy efficiency and home comfort, ask your HVAC professional to perform a G.R.E.E.N. energy evaluation prior to heat pump installation. Depending on the age and energy efficiency of your home, efficiency upgrades (sealing air leaks, boosting insulation, etc.) may reduce your heating and cooling load enough to allow you to get a smaller heat pump, which will lower your initial investment and save energy costs for the life of the system.

Heat pump installation: Advanced components

Heat pumps on the market today are up to 200 percent more efficient than heat pumps manufactured a few decades ago. When you factor in home-efficiency upgrades and correlating comfort systems, such as zoning systems and “smart” WiFi-enabled climate controls, the energy savings, greater comfort and convenience afforded savvy homeowners today is substantial. At the heart of all of these efficiency advances are the advanced components of new heat pumps:

  • Improved heat exchange: The heat-exchanger coils (evaporator and condenser) and tubing have been redesigned to provide more efficient heating, cooling and dehumidification capabilities. The new manufacturing designs and materials provide more durable and longer-lasting coils than traditional heat pumps. Select heat pumps that have aluminum coils, which are more resistant to corrosion, rust and leaks than copper coils. The tubing has grooves for greater surface area. Even the installation position and coil shapes have been redrawn to provide maximum heat exchange and dehumidification. In fact, with improved heat exchange, new high-efficiency heat pumps can handle temperatures down into the teens and hot and humid conditions well over 100 degrees.
  • Variable-speed air handlers: The air handlers for conventional heat pumps are single speed. They’re either off or on 100 percent with no middle ground. New variable-speed air handlers match real-time heating and cooling needs of a home with infinite adjustments in air velocity. Variable-speed air handlers operate at significantly slower speeds for longer periods of time. This moves more air through the filter for better indoor air quality, removes more moisture and provides whisper-quiet operation with maximum efficiency.
  • Variable-speed compressors: Variable-speed compressors work wonderfully with redesigned coils and variable-speed air handlers. These advanced components pump precise amounts of refrigerant to optimize heat exchange and lower electricity consumption. Variable-speed compressors are quieter, more efficient and last longer than their conventional single-speed counterparts.
  • Thermostatic expansion valve: The TXV, also referred to as a metering device, ensures peak performance from the evaporator coil, no matter how hot it is outside, by precisely regulating the amount of liquid refrigerant it receives from the condenser. As the liquid refrigerant enters the evaporator, it expands into gas form and absorbs heat from air circulation (in cooling mode). In conjunction with the variable-speed air handler, the TXV provides more efficient cooling (and heating) for the home.

Heat pump installation: Reduce your initial investment

Make sure you select a reputable factory-authorized contractor with the knowledge and personal interest to ensure that you properly prepare your home for the best heat pump installation to meet your needs. Your contractor will also cover the available manufacturer and utility rebates, along with incentives and tax credits to lower your initial investment.

For more information about selecting the right system and getting an expert installation, contact Thermacon Service Company. We provide outstanding customer support, repair and installation for a variety of home comfort needs, including cooling, heating, indoor air quality and energy evaluations. We serve homeowners throughout the Golden Triangle area.

Need a Repair? Insist on a NATE-Certified Technician

Not all certifications are the same, and learning which certifications provide value requires that homeowners vet a technician first before hiring. Once you understand the value of a NATE-certified technician, no other certification program will do. With its uniform standards and industry-wide support, the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) organization offers certification worthy of your support, as it benefits homeowners, too.

NATE began in 1997 as a way for vested parties in the heating, cooling and ventilation industry to provide a way to develop uniform testing standards for HVAC technicians across the country. Manufacturers, utilities, contractors and others, worked alongside the organization to create testing procedures and standards that result in a certification that means something.

Many other certification programs aren’t designed to test a technician’s comprehensive understanding of HVAC-related topics, day-to-day scenarios and problems encountered in the field. Instead, these certifications prove proficiency with one piece of equipment or one aspect of HVAC service.

A NATE-certified technician, on the other hand, has proven proficiency in a test that covers general HVAC knowledge, along with a specialty test of his or her own choice, showcasing knowledge within a specific field such as air conditioning, furnaces, heat pumps, geothermal or air distribution, in either service or installation. Further, NATE-certified technicians provide ongoing value. Once certification is earned, technicians must recertify , or take continuing education credits, every five years to maintain their standing.

With its stringent testing standards, homeowners can rest assured that hiring a NATE-certified technician means access to a fully vetted professional. Homeowners may also choose to request a NATE-certified technician who has earned specialty status within the field of work required. For instance, if you’re installing a new air conditioner, request a technician with specialty certification in air conditioning installation. If you need work performed on your ductwork, choose a technician with service specialty in air distribution.

To hire a NATE-certified technician for your next HVAC job, contact the Thermacon Service Company today. We are proud to provide quality HVAC services to homeowners in Beaumont. Give us a call today or visit our website for more information.