Did you know that in Southwest Florida most ac systems only last between 8 and 14 years? Isn’t that surprising? It’s because of the conditions here in SW Florida and how often our air conditioning systems run to keep us cool. If your system is reaching the end of its lifetime you might be thinking it’s time to start considering an air conditioning installation. And once you make that decision to replace, you have three more equally important decisions. At Home Tech we call these decisions WHAT, WHICH and WHO.
Decision 1 – WHAT – What Type of System?
You may be thinking . . . I’ll just replace the old system with the same type of system. But with all the technological advancements and improvements made in indoor comfort systems you will find that taking just a little time to choose the right type of new system that perfectly matches your lifestyle and comfort needs will give your home years of feeling just right and considerable savings.
In choosing which type the considerations are:
- Straight cool system or
- Heat pump
In Southwest Florida we have few days that require heat so many systems are straight cool; meaning the heating source is a simple very inexpensive heat strip, kind of like a toaster in your air handling unit. The problem is it is very expensive to operate. So when we do have a cooler winter your electric bills will skyrocket.
The alternative is the heat pump. The heat pump actually reverses itself when indoor heat is needed and this type of heating is produced at one third the cost of the toaster. Home-Tech recommends the heat pump system because its efficiency is complete in both cooling and heating while the difference in installation cost is minimal. Both straight cool and heat pump systems are available in various efficiency and costs. The smart homeowner makes his efficiency decision by dividing the annual energy savings by the cost of the installation to find his best return on investment.
There are many brands of equipment on the market. So which one do you choose? Home-Tech has been servicing and installing air conditioning systems in Southwest Florida since 1981 and in our opinion two brands have consistently been the most reliable, cost efficient and cutting edge: Trane and Carrier. However in recent years the Maytag brand by Nordyne is also becoming a real contender with their 25 SEER iQ drive systems.
Decision 3 – WHO – Who Do You Choose to Install Your System?
Who you select to install your new home comfort system is the most important decision that you will make. The contractor must be licensed, hold the required insurances, and have a proven track record of professionalism, reliability, trustworthiness and success. The sophistication of today’s equipment will only function to its full capacity if it’s installed properly. This requires skilled installers and technicians that are rarely found with the lowest bid. Like the old saying goes:
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
Home-Tech has serviced millions of air conditioning systems and installed tens of thousands of home comfort systems. Our employee owned installers and technicians are the best in the business and we have the history to prove it.
So what type of system – straight cool or heat pump? Which brand of system? They are not all the same. And most important who to install the system. Employee owned Home-Tech of course. We have the passion, skill, history and experience to install your brand new indoor comfort system.
To visit with one of our experienced Tech Reps who will help you evaluate your home and give you a free quote, call today 800-800-8356 or just submit the Quick Quote Form.