In Air Conditioning

New Home AC System: Your Checklist

There’s a lot to think about when you buy a new home. Most people consider factors like size, price, and curb appeal, but your new home’s HVAC system is just as important. After all, it impacts everything from your home’s comfort to the size of your energy bills. Here at A/C Care Heat and Air, we have seen hundreds of heating and cooling systems and know exactly what to look for when assessing your new home’s AC system.

1. How Old Is the AC?

Air conditioners have a lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. As AC systems age and put on mileage, they often run into issues like weaker cooling capacity, reduced energy efficiency, and a higher risk of breakdowns and repairs. Normally an AC lasts around 10 years, but there are numerous factors that impact the expected lifespan, like how well maintained the unit is.

2. How Energy Efficient Is the AC?

All air conditioners receive a SEER rating, which lets you know how energy efficient the model is. They also get a rating for AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), which you can find on the body of the AC. The higher the numbers for each rating, the more energy-efficient the AC is. Higher energy efficiency directly translates into lower energy bills for your home.

3. Who Installed the AC?

Not all AC contractors are made alike, and some companies provide higher-quality installation services than others. If a reputable company installed the home’s AC, you can expect to get better performance and a longer lifespan. Plus, you can contact the company to learn about important warranty information.

4. How Does the Maintenance Report Look?

Routine maintenance is the key behind getting the most out of your AC. Take a look at the AC’s maintenance report to get a feel for how often the system received maintenance and what (if any) issues it had in the past. When it comes to future AC system maintenance for your new Stuart area home, you can rely on A/C Care Heat and Air.

Trusted AC Technicians

For years, we’ve provided quality HVAC maintenance, repair, installation, and replacement services to homes and business throughout Stuart. With our up-front pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can trust our technicians to get the job done right. Call us today!

In Energy Efficiency

3 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Usage

Most households use plenty of energy each season to stay comfortable and functional. Over time, however, the cost of energy usage can add up and be difficult to afford. Fortunately, there are several changes that can be made if you want to use less energy at home.

Here are a few ways to make your house more energy-efficient.

1. Add New Insulation

The quality of your insulation and where it’s installed in the property can significantly influence energy usage. Consider installing new insulation in the attic and basement to keep the internal temperature pleasant each season. Older homes often have insulation that isn’t effective, and this will require replacement.

2. Turn On the Air Conditioner Early

Make it a point to turn on the air conditioner early in the day. This will prevent it from working harder than necessary to cool the residence. Use the AC only on humid or hot days and rely on ceiling fans to circulate the air when the outdoor temperatures are more bearable.

3. Use Green Power

Consider switching your electricity to green power that’s generated from renewable sources like the wind, water, and waste power. This will be much cleaner than relying on coal. The power is available to most households and can allow you to reduce your energy usage.

4. Avoid Installing Downlights

Downlights not only use a lot of energy, but they’re also prone to causing heat loss. This will cause the air conditioner to work harder than necessary to cool the home. Opt for other lighting alternatives to illuminate the main rooms of the house.

Trustworthy AC Service

Contact A/C Care Heat & Air today to learn more about how to reduce your energy usage at home. Our technicians are here to offer tips, and they can also service your air conditioner when it needs an inspection or repair. In fact, we provide a variety of heating- and cooling-related services to residents throughout Stuart, FL, and the surrounding areas, including heating and AC maintenance, repair, and installation.