Air Conditioner Installation Services in Columbus, OH
Are you looking to replace an old, outdated AC unit, or have a new home cooling system installed in your home? Purchasing a brand new air conditioner is a big decision. Since it affects your well-being and budget, it should be looked at as a true investment into your home.
Our Install Team at Five Star Heating & Cooling has installed hundreds of air conditioners of different models and sizes across Central Ohio. We have a selection of equipment for all budgets, home sizes, and existing HVAC systems. Schedule A/C Installation & Replacement Services with us at Five Star!
A/C Installation Services in Columbus, OH
Choosing The Right Air Conditioner
THREE MAIN TYPES OF A/CS TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR HOME:
Ductless Mini-Split Systems
If your home doesn’t have any ductwork, ductless systems are a popular choice. These mini-split systems utilize an outdoor compressor and coil, which are connected to air handling units inside. Because the air is delivered to each room or each area separately from the other air handlers, greater efficiency in energy usage is one of its benefits, as well as more superior temperature control, which also translates to further savings.
Split systems are the most common central A/C system. The term “split” is used because this type of system has parts inside and outside. The inside portion is called the air handler. Air handlers house the blower and evaporator coil. The outside component is what people generally believe to be the AC unit itself. However, this outside portion is a metal case that houses the compressor and condenser coil, which connects to the air handler inside. Houses that have a furnace for central heating typically use this split system style.
Similarly, heat pumps are another type of split system. However, instead of the typical dual AC and furnace system, heat pumps are used throughout the year, providing heat during the winter and cooled air during the summer. Like the split system, heat pumps use an indoor air handler, with the actual heat pump casing holding the compressor located outside the home. This outdoor casing looks very much like a central air conditioning system and is often mistaken for one.
Packaged Air Conditioners
Packaged air conditioners are heat pumps combined with an electric air conditioner. These typically sit on top of the roof or outside the home or commercial building. They are popular choices for commercial applications because of their small footprint and installation flexibility.
Choose the Correct A/C Size:
Decide which unit to buy based on the room size. In general, an air conditioner needs roughly 20-25 BTU for each square foot of living space. If a unit is too strong, you’ll waste unnecessary power, too weak and you’ll continuously run the machine on full power and never feel cool enough. In general, err on the side of slightly larger to ensure comfort. You’ll want to size up if your AC is in a room with:
- High ceilings, which create more space that needs to be cooled
- High traffic — more people means more heat generated
- Natural sunlight
- Near the kitchen with lots of heat-generating appliances
A/C FEATURES TO LOOK FOR:
- “Check filter” light: A visual reminder to clean or replace the air filter.
- Sleep mode: Slightly increases the room’s temperature setting at night to avoid nighttime chills.
- Manufacturer’s warranty: Generally ranges from one to two years for parts and labor.
- Energy-saver switch: Normally, an air conditioner’s fan runs constantly, even when the compressor is turned off. But with an energy-saving switch, the fans turn off when the thermostat turns off the compressor, saving you money.
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When it is time to get a new HVAC system, it is best to ask for an estimate or HVAC quote from a contractor to give you an idea of how much it will cost to replace your system.
Things you’ll need to know:
- How big is your home? (sq. ft)
- What year was your home built?
- Where is your current heating system located? (basement, closet, etc.)