Michall Daimion Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning System Installation’

You Think You Need a New AC—What Kind Should You Get?

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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In our last post, we talked about whether the time has come for you to replace your air conditioning system. If you’ve made the choice (possibly with the assistance of our technicians) to install a new AC system, you now must face another question:

What type of AC will you get?

It’s okay to feel confused at the question. You’re probably accustomed to thinking that air all conditioning systems are basically the same, the only difference is how powerful they are. You’re partially correct. Except for evaporative coolers (a.k.a. swamp coolers), which are ineffective in our climate, all air conditioning systems operate by circulating refrigerant from a compressor to move heat from a building and release it outside. 

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Is It Time to Consider Replacing Your AC?

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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A central air conditioning system is a major investment for a home, one of the vital appliances for day-to-day living during the middle of the year. You want the air conditioning system that keeps your family comfortable every summer to last for as long as possible. Eventually, no matter how well you care for and maintain your air conditioning in West Chester, PA, it will wear down to a point where it is no longer effective and efficient enough to be worth keeping.

Now that it’s fall and you are looking forward to a period of cooler weather, ask yourself if your air conditioning system has reached the finish line and is ready to retire. The fall is a good season to schedule a new installation, so if you believe your AC just had its last summer, arrange for a replacement with our team.

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The AC vs. The Heat Pump: Is One Clearly Better?

Monday, August 24th, 2020
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When choosing between any two different HVAC systems for a home, no single type starts out as automatically the better choice. If this were true, there wouldn’t be a need for a choice in the first place: every home would have that device!

This is true for the distinction between whether you choose to install an air conditioning system or a heat pump in your house. If one were clearly better, you wouldn’t have to choose. But since there are both homes with central air conditioners and with heat pumps, the question of which is better comes down to the situation. If you are considering either an AC or heat pump installation in the next few months, the right choice for you depends on several factors. We’ll look at the pros and cons of these systems to help you get a better sense of what will work best for you.

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Does My AC Help With Humidity in Summer?

Monday, April 20th, 2020
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High humidity on summer days makes it much harder for us to keep cool. The increased moisture in the air doesn’t make the temperature hotter—a 90°F day is still 90°F—but it does make it harder for our bodies to release heat and cool us down. This is why humid days feel hotter: we have all this extra heat stored up.

Of course, you have your home’s air conditioning system to help keep you cool. But does the AC do anything about the humidity aside from blast out enough cool air to overcome the heat? Well … a little. But it’s rarely enough.

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Need a New AC? Here’s Why to Come to the Professionals

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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If you live in a house, you probably have a central heating and air conditioning system to handle your comfort. Since we’re now looking toward warmer weather, this is the right time of the year to begin considering a new air conditioning installation if your current one is more than 15 years old or has shown other signs it’s starting to wear down. High cooling costs, hot spots around the house, and noisy operation are all signs to make the leap to installing a new AC.

The first step is the most important one. Instead of shopping around for options for the type of air conditioner you might need, or checking with friends to see if they know some guy who can do the job for cheap, pick up the phone and call us instead. When it comes to air conditioning installation in Malvern, PA, you always want the best pros on the job from the start.

The Importance of HVAC Professionals

There are many reasons to only rely on experts for your AC installation. But from the start, you’ll need them to help you find the ideal unit and size it correctly.

Sizing is an essential part of AC installs and replacements. It has nothing to do with the physical size of the unit. It means how much cooling power the unit can put out. In HVAC terms, we refer to this as tonnage. The standard air conditioner in a house will have between 5 to 10 cooling tons, depending on the needs of the house.

This is where part of your mind will click on and think, “What’s so wrong about just going as large as affordable? Better to err on the larger size.” That’s not how it works, however. Air conditioners that are oversized are as much a problem as ones that are undersized. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Undersized: An air conditioner that cannot remove enough heat from the house to cool all of it will run almost constantly. Not only will the house still be too warm, but the electrical bills will be astronomical and the AC will run down early.
  • Oversized: The air conditioner removes heat too fast so that the thermostat in the house registers that it’s reached its set point before it has spread through the rest of the building. The thermostat shuts off the AC, only to turn back on again a short time later, then shut it off again, and over and over. This is called ­short-cycling, and it wastes power and leads to an early system failure.

The secret to getting an air conditioner sized in the middle is something called a load calculation. This is a job your professional installers do before selecting an air conditioner unit and size. The calculation determines how much heat the house needs based on various factors: insulation, heat-giving fixtures, number of people, window facing, etc. Once the calculation is done, the professionals will know the exact size of central air conditioner to install so you’ll enjoy cooling without energy waste.

Michall Daimion Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is Main Line’s Premier Service Provider since 1976. Schedule air conditioning service with us today.

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