Assured Comfort is a premier Lennox Dealer and believe they have the best products available on the market today. However, we can install any brand you prefer and we service all makes and models as well. In addition, we offer free replacement estimates for AC installations.
A major change in the industry is the efficiency of AC systems. Modern units are at least 30% more efficient than models prior to 2006. Another evolution in air conditioners is the type of refrigerant used. The previous standard refrigerant is called HCFC-22 (commonly known as R-22), which has since been determined to have a negative impact on the ozone layer. This refrigerant is in the process of being phased-out following a mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If your system uses this refrigerant, it will eventually need to be replaced for a higher efficiency model. The new refrigerant used by modern systems is R410-A, which is both more efficient and more environmentally friendly.
When to Replace Your Air Conditioner
While the experts at Assured Comfort will do everything they can to repair your existing air conditioning system, there comes a time when it needs to be replaced. At what point should you invest in a new AC system? Here are a few telltale signs that an upgrade may be necessary:
The system is more than 10 years old.
If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you should consider replacing it. According to research by EnergyStar, newer, more energy-efficient units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. How’s that for incentive?
The cost of repairs is more than the price of a new unit.
Air conditioning units that are not working adequately will fail to evenly cool a house or even a room. Sometimes it’s just a relatively minor or inexpensive repair to get the unit running properly again. Other times, the cost of repairing a worn out system can be as much as the price of a new unit, in which case it makes sense to upgrade to a new air conditioner.
Your home’s too humid.
A properly-functioning air conditioning system works to reduce humidity in your home during the summer. If you notice excess moisture in your house, it’s probably due to poor performance, leaky ductwork and/or insufficient equipment, which means it may be time to replace your old unit.
You notice excess dust.
If your air ducts are leaking, dust and debris from dirty places in your home (such as your attic and basement) could be circulating through your house, reducing air quality and making your family members feel sick. Call Assured Comfort at (404) 602-0505 to have your air conditioning inspected. We’ll help you determine whether a repair or replacement is better for your home.
Keeping your AC well-maintained is the best way to ensure it lasts for at least 15 years. How you treat your system in between service calls and tune-ups can gravely impact its lifespan.
Four Ways You May be Hindering Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency
1. You’re using the wrong filter and/or not changing your filter.
It’s extremely important to buy the correct filter for your air conditioning unit. An incompatible air filter can overwork your AC system to the point that it shuts down completely. It can also cost you more in the long run.
We recommend you buy a filter that’s designed for your unit, and change it at least four times a year. Energy Star reports that replacing a dirty filter can decrease an air conditioner’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent.
2. You have leaky ducts.
Bad air ducts are a leading cause of failed AC units. When your system is working as it should, air flows through ducts to cool your house evenly. However, when your air ducts are leaking, cold air seeps out, preventing it from reaching its intended destination. If your air conditioning doesn’t seem to be working up to par, call Assured Comfort to schedule an inspection of your ductwork. Our technicians will look at your air duct system and determine if it’s functioning properly.
3. You’re overworking your unit.
After a hard day of work, you need to rest. The same goes for your AC unit. During the day, keep your blinds closed so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool. Also, refrain from constantly changing its temperature setting, as doing so can prematurely wear out your system.
4. You don’t have enough refrigerant in your AC.
Many people don’t realize that if their AC isn’t cooling properly, it could be due to low refrigerant levels. Air conditioner units are designed to use a set amount of refrigerant. If you’re using an insufficient amount of refrigerant, unit efficiency could be hurting by up to 30 percent. The best way to know if you’re using the right amount of refrigerant is to have your unit checked out by Assured Comfort. Our technicians can advise you on whether or not your refrigerant levels are on point.
5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool
In the scorching summer months, you might think the only way to stay cool is to keep your air conditioning system on full blast. But there are better ways. Here are five tips for keeping your home cool without spending an “arm and a leg” on utility bills:
- Move your indoor plants outside during the summer to keep your home cooler. Plant life produces airborne moisture that can make the air in your house feel humid and sticky. Having the plants outside means less moisture indoors.
- Have an air conditioning contractor inspect your unit each summer so that potential issues can be addressed before they turn into major problems. Assured Comfort can provide regular maintenance to not only help spot potential issues, but also help your unit last longer.
- Replace your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs, so your lamps produce less heat. Obviously, keeping lights off when they’re not in use will eliminate the heat altogether.
- Plant trees and shrubs around your air conditioning units in order to provide shade. This will help your AC system run more efficiently.
- Ceiling fans should be adjusted seasonally. Setting them to rotate counter-clockwise in the summer months will redistribute warm air trapped near the top of the ceiling and produce a wind-chill breeze effect.
How to Keep Your AC System Running Smoothly
For fast repairs and the best in new air conditioning across the metro Atlanta area, you can depend on the professionals at Assured Comfort. In between visits, however, it’s important to routinely maintain your unit. This will help you avoid expensive and untimely repairs. Here’s how to keep your AC system running smoothly:
Set your thermostat to automatic.
Set the thermostat to automatic so it will only come on when necessary. This will cut down on energy costs, and extend the life of your HVAC system.
Clean and replace filters.
This is the most important maintenance task to ensure your air conditioner remains efficient. A dirty filter prohibits airflow, making your system significantly less efficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent.
Look for corrosion.
Check your air conditioning units for deterioration and exposed wiring. If you something doesn’t seem right, make an appointment with Assured Comfort for a professional inspection.
Call Assured Comfort annually.
Don’t let your air conditioning unit suffer due to neglect! Call Assured Comfort at (404) 602-0505 or (770) 872-4628 to schedule an checkup each year with our expert technicians.