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Air Conditioning Efficiency – No Less Efficient Than Other Forms of Technology

Air Conditioning Efficiency Compared To Other Forms of Energy Hungry Technology

They keep asking the question: How can we improve air conditioning efficiency? Yet one must really wonder if these wonder appliances designed to improve the human lifestyle are actually any less efficient than other forms of current technology.

To answer that, let’s take a look at recent reports posted in the pages of Scientific American. Accordingly, the United States expends more energy on heating and cooling than most any nation worldwide, averaging roughly 185 billion kilowatt-hours yearly (1). And it’s not all due to changes evoked by global warming or even by the current 20-percent growth rate of worldwide sales in air conditioning equipment. Face it: We live in an age when both businesses and homes expect year-around comfort. It means employees work more efficiently. Families rest more fully. In fact, throughout the industry of factories and care centers, HVAC equipment is often used to improve resident and worker safety concerns.

Yet to reap the benefits of modern air conditioning efficiency, we burn more fossil fuels than ever before in the history of man. Sometimes the HVAC is used for heat and sometimes the A/C is for cooling. We do so with the full knowledge that air conditioning bears with it a long-term price in energy consumption. However, according to the 2013 deputy director of ARPA-E, air-conditioning is “inherently inefficient.”

But what does this mean, this term “inherently inefficient?” By what comparison is the statement driven?

According to the deputy director, “It’s (air conditioning) everywhere and it’s (HVACR equipment) a huge energy sink.”

The imposed impression tends to define A/C equipment as though some great villain is loosed among us. But what is the measuring stick? Is it a comparison of comfort-to-cost versus necessity-to-cost? Or is the comparison merely applying performance and function to cost for usage? Furthermore unless the efficiency measurements that define the distinction between necessity and comfort meet criteria that are suitable to the homeowner or the business in question such measures are without value.

Average Energy Consumption For A Home Air Conditioning System

According to a recent article in Forbes, your home’s central heating furnace in off or standby mode uses roughly half as much energy per year as does a notebook computer in off or standby mode (2). That’s 300 Watts versus 600 Watts. Consider some typically monthly kWh usage in home appliances items functional under normal use cycles*: 

  • Refrigerator                                        … 30-200 kWh/month
  • Dehumidifier                                     … 80-160 kWh/month
  • Water Heater                                     … Averages 400 kWh/month
  • 2.5 HP Swimming Pool Pump       … 350-450 kWh/month
  • Central Air                                         … 300-900 kWh/month
  • Heat Pump                                         … 600-1,800 kWh/month (heating and cooling.)

Most appliances do not run 24/7. However, items such as hair dryers, curling irons, and vacuum cleaners typically consume more energy per hour of usage than do modern refrigerators. Energy consumption must be measured in balance with the service performed. Without defining a scale for cost-versus-achieved-benefit, it seems senseless to isolate any single technology as though that technology is less efficient than some other form of technology. After all, in spite of government efforts to regulate and force improved transportation-related efficiency, automobiles can readily be defined as an unnecessary comfort that is in many ways “inherently inefficient.”

New Heating and Cooling Technologies and the Primary Focus Of Use

Clearly current technology in air conditioning efficiency has not reached maximum capacity. Conventional systems continue to use refrigerants in the core cooling process. For cooling, heat is absorbed and then expelled into the outside world. For heating with a heat pump, the process is reversed. And in either event, the HVAC process demands use of electrically powered compressors, fans and pump systems. Efficient air conditioning doesn’t necessary mean that consumers will receive a create decrease in the cost of operation. To rightly measure this process, we must always balance cost to effectiveness.

One new concept in heating and cooling involves replacing the typical super-powered fluids and gases with some form of solid material. By using materials such as bismuth telluride and other applicable solids as a means of absorbing heat, both refrigerators and other air conditioning equipment can be manufactured without use of so many moving components. This not only reduces the electrical demands, but it also reduces the possibilities of equipment breakdown.

One strange point mentioned during many of the discussions concerning new cooling technology always seems to involve not so much the concept of cost as it does the concept of “necessity.” And it seems often to be a “necessity” that is also directly linked to comfort. Certainly the greater measure of HVACR research seems focused on life-saving applications wherein refrigeration of medical supplies, food and more come to the surface as the front-runners. However there is also much concern about providing efficient dehumidifiers and air conditioning for American military personal stationed in extreme overseas hotspots. And lastly, but not necessary least important is the question of how the U.S. as a nation and how the world as a whole is going to efficiently adapt to a future of increasingly extreme heat waves?

Whether addressed as a “comfort” item or as a “necessity” item, we need air conditioning efficiency that includes cost-effective pricing, long-term energy efficiency, and effective performance. If air conditioning equipment is as declared by the 2013 deputy director of ARPA-E “inherently inefficient”, so too are our cars, buses and hot water heaters. HVAC technology is no less efficient than many other forms of modern technology. As to purpose performed versus the cost, for me A/C rates among the most valuable current pieces of home improvement equipment. For a free estimate on Arizona installation of efficient Air Conditioning products, contact American Cooling and Heating today.

 

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to provoke discussion. They reflect the thoughts and concerns of the author, and do establish any particular standing by American Cooling and Heating as an Arizona HVAC installation and service center.

 

Note: * kWh based upon national average 

  1. 1)      http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/technology-improvements-save-energy-and-lives-with-air-conditioning
  2. 2)      http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2011/09/03/top-26-home-energy-hogs-turned-off

Mesa, AZ Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Maintenance Efficiency Guide

 

Arizona-Based American Cooling and Heating Presents….

Mesa, AZ Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Maintenance Efficiency Guide

A Three-Fold HVAC

MAINTENANCE AND PERFORMANCE CHECKLIST

Herein you will find information concerning:

  • Mesa building permits
  • HVAC contractor licensing requirements
  • Air conditioning and heat pump residential maintenance issues
  • The factors most pertinent to effective A/C maintenance
  • Methods to help you reduce your Mesa home cooling expenses
  • Distinctions in types of cooling system maintenance services
  • Responsibilities of the heating and cooling service tech
  • Your personal responsibilities as a Mesa homeowner
  • A three-fold checklist concerning the typical HVAC tune-up process
  • AND More.

As the homeowner, you can perform some of the maintenance processes on your own. However, certain task such as performance tests and airflow measurements normally require the services of a professional Mesa A/C and Heat Pump service company.

Table of Contents

Arizona-Based American Cooling and Heating Presents….          1

Table of Contents   2

HVAC Contractor Licensing In A/C Maintenance, Upgrades and New Installations      3

Purpose of HVAC Permits and Licenses           3

Mesa HVAC Permit Specifics    3

INTRODUCTION 4

Effective A/C Maintenance Promotes Better Home HVAC Equipment Performance  4

Factors Involved – A/C Maintenance in a Nutshell       4

SCOPE of Content 5

1.0) PURPOSE – Basic A/C and Heat Pump Maintenance Processes   5

2.0) FACTORS – Components of Residential HVAC Maintenance     5

3.0) IMPLEMENTATION – System deficiencies, detect and correct  6

MAINTENANCE AND PERFORMANCE CHECKLIST         8

1.0) Air Distribution Components          8

2.0) Temperature Management   8

3.0) System Freeze Up    8

HVAC Contractor Licensing In A/C Maintenance, Upgrades and New Installations

Whether residing in Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC or Mesa, Arizona, every homeowner eventually encounters the concept of construction permits and/or contractor licensing. The necessities of a building permit change from region to region and with accordance to the scope of a given project. However the importance of always working with a properly licensed HVAC contractor will never change. You should accept air conditioning services only from a bonded, insured and licensed Mesa air conditioning professional.

Purpose of HVAC Permits and Licenses

By nature, a building permit is designed to provide reasonable assurances that a home is safe from structural failure, electrical shock, undue health risks, and fire hazards associated with electrical components and home heating and cooling systems. They also help homeowners and city officials ensure that housing contractors have a valid contractor’s license for services within a specific geographical location and for performing a specific work task within that location. Furthermore, permits and evidence of contractor licensing can be useful during the sale or refinancing of a home. In many regions of the nation, prospective lending institutions require proof that existing alterations to the home were performed in compliance with local codes. 

However, not every home improvement or home structural change requires that the homeowner take out a building permit. According to the Mesa-AZ online government resource page, Mesa-related building permits are only required when a structural change or major alternation is performed on an existing building or when any new construction project is undertaken. Each separate process of the construction requires a distinct and separate permit. Examples of processes requiring permits include:

  • Electrical Work
  • Mechanical Work
  • AND Plumbing Work.

Processes that do not require a permit are many, including installing new cabinets, roofing materials, window awnings, and various plumbing activities. However, most of these projects do include exceptions wherein some aspects of such projects may require your contractor to take out a building permit in your behalf.

Mesa HVAC Permit Specifics

When dealing with HVAC equipment in Mesa, no permit is required if your contractor is changing out a unit with a system in the same tonnage. However, permits are required on all new installations. Before signing your contractor make sure you know who will accept the responsibility for obtaining any necessary permits.

INTRODUCTION

Effective A/C Maintenance Promotes Better Home HVAC Equipment Performance

A host of issues affect the cost of home heating and cooling. Adding heavy window drapes, additional attic installation and better sealing the doors are steps that you can use when striving to reduce the cooling load on your home. You can also switch over to more natural cooling processes such as electric fans, open windows, and specialty A/C water cool systems. Simple steps like bumping the thermostat up a few degrees can also reduce the cooling expenses.

System tune-ups and annual scheduled HVAC maintenance helps ensure that your existing equipment is prime-functional for it’s capacity. In older homes with aging air conditioning systems, upgrading to a new energy-efficient heat pump will likely produce a dynamitic decrease in the system’s energy consumption level.

Factors Involved – A/C Maintenance in a Nutshell

All heating and cooling equipment requires a reasonable measure of adjustments, cleaning, monitoring and routine maintenance. To best ensure that your Mesa home air conditioning system endures unto an expected life cycle:

  • Make time for habitual inspections
  • Schedule yearly and semi-annual A/C system tune-ups
  • Make routine maintenance of inside filters and registers your personal task
  • Protect your warranty by rigidly following the original equipment manufacturer’s specifications.

To ensure that your system operates at peek performance and to reduce waste due to loss performance issues, learn and practice the following three principles of HVAC service and maintenance:

  • The essential HVAC service requirements for maintaining a comfortable and healthy indoor environment
  • Service factors that help keep your Mesa home heating and cooling equipment functioning efficiently throughout the expected lifecycle
  • AND the specifics of A/C and Heat Pump service and upkeep unique to the residential community of Mesa, Arizona.

SCOPE of Content

This article takes the form of generic guidance. For exacts concerning your Mesa home air-conditioning system, consult your local HVAC service center. However if you do follow the herein included basic A/C performance checklists, you have a much better chance of keeping your equipment on-par, up to specs, and reasonably reliable through the brutal Mesa summers.

This paper also assumes that your Mesa home HVAC equipment was designed, sized and installed according to industry standards, applicable legal codes, and the associated original equipment manufacturers specifications.

1.0) PURPOSE – Basic A/C and Heat Pump Maintenance Processes

Performing regularly scheduled HVAC system assessments, maintenance, and corrective repairs extends component and system efficiency, advances national efforts to ensure healthy clean air, promotes reduced utility expenses, helps reduce the occurrence of unexpected failures, and promotes longer a longer system life cycle. Furthermore, efficient home air conditioning benefits both the environment and the local homeowner.

2.0) FACTORS – Components of Residential HVAC Maintenance

Although all HVAC contractors approach equipment maintenance and service with some degree of customized exceptions, they must all weigh in with a balance between service types and service intensity. Furthermore, they must also strive to operate within the established standards for reasonable A/C and Heat Pump inspection and maintenance requirements.

Factors that affect the approach and processes associated with servicing air conditioning equipment include:

2.1) Type of Service

  • Clean and Check
  • Seasonal Tune-Up
  • Full Maintenance Services

2.2) Condition of Existing Equipment

2.3) Efficiency and Accuracy of the Original System Installation

2.4) Regional Locations

3.0) IMPLEMENTATION – System deficiencies, detect and correct

Whether performing your own maintenance inspection or working with an HVAC contractor, implementation of the inspection seeks to detect system deficiencies that do or can impair the performance of the system. Once deficiencies are discovered, you must define the actions necessary for correcting the revealed problems.

Typically, you work with a appropriately licensed Mesa HVAC contractor. As such, some of the following responsibilities and components of an A/C maintenance inspection fall upon the contractor and some fall upon the homeowner. Thus we assume that your situation falls within the following normal perimeters:

3.1) Responsibilities specific to the HVAC contractor:  

  • Inspect and evaluate your existing A/C or Heat Pump system according to basic occupant health and safety issues, local Mesa HVAC building codes, manufacturer specifications and warranty regulations, national and local environmental regulations and building codes, and all applicable and reasonable industry service standards
  • Provide the homeowner with documented findings concerning faulty performance issues, a recommendation of corrective requirements, and a fixed cost for completing the recommended repairs.

3.2) Responsibilities Specific to the Homeowner:

  • Listen. Understand.
  • This is your home. You alone must make certain that reasonable HVAC service and maintenance is performed on schedule
  • Use an appropriately bonded, certified, insured and licensed Mesa HVAC contractor
  • Get estimates in writing
  • Follow up to ensure that all discussed corrective services were performed as defined

3.3) Regional Considerations

You live in Mesa, Arizona, a region with unique weather characteristics. In some ways, regional A/C and Heat Pump service guidance differs from other parts of the nation. The inspection must allow for applicable Mesa codes, manufacturer equipment accessories, municipal ordinances, and the distinctive characteristics of your home.

3.4) Choose the Right Mesa Contractor

Legitimate HVAC contractors are bonded, insured and licensed to perform air conditioning maintenance, installation and repair within their chosen region of service. Other points to consider:

  • Is the contractor certified by a legitimate HVAC resource?
  • Are the technicians trained and reliable?
  • Do they have experience with your specific brand of heating and cooling equipment?
  • Do they have ready access to system and subsystem components?
  • Can they demonstrate a reliable service record?

MAINTENANCE AND PERFORMANCE CHECKLIST

1.0) Air Distribution Components

      Task & Recommended Correction

  • Air Filter Particulate Accumulation – Clean or replace filters
  • Integrity – Air Filter Housing – Repair or replace as necessary
  • Diffusers, Grilles and Registers – Clean as needed
  • Accessible Ductwork – Install additional access doors as needed
  • Accumulated moisture – Eliminate leakage. Open drains
  • Biological Growth – Replace as needed. Contract for professional removal
  • Ductwork, including straps, mastics, insulation, joints and seams.  – Repair ductwork, associated insulation, and exterior vapor.                                               

2.0) Temperature Management

Even the best of the best heating and cooling equipment can be overworked.

  • Set thermostats between 73 – 74 degrees
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat
  • Reduce nighttime cooling to 74-75 degrees

3.0) System Freeze Up

  • Check fuses to confirm that the unit is receiving power
  • Set blower fan to manual to confirm blower functionality
  • Ensure that registers are functional
  • Remove obstructions (furniture, draperies, pets) that block the return vent
  • Trip the fuses and wait several hours for the system to thaw out.

If the problem persists, contact American Cooling and Heating for 24/7 Mesa A/C repair services. Please call: (480) 699-2516 or Visit: http://www.americancoolingandheating.com/ac-service-mesa-az

 

 

Disclaimer:

  1. Any HVAC service should only be performed by a licensed, fully trained, and competent person and/or company.
  2. The contents in this article reflect accumulated data from various sources. ACH cannot and does not accept any legal responsibility to any person in respect of anything or the consequences of any reader responses, actions or lack of actions associated with reliance upon the whole or any part of this article and its content. All trademarks, logos, and associated content displayed are the property of their respective owners.

A/C Checklist For Homeowners Seeking Quality Mesa HVAC Service Providers

Mesa Arizona — A/C Checklist For Homeowners Seeking Quality Mesa HVAC Service Providers

Importance of Air Conditioning in Mesa, Arizona

Whether you already reside in Mesa, AZ or you are seeking new residence in this awesome midwestern community, bet on one primary point: Sooner or later you will want to seek out a reliable Mesa HVAC service center. This is a city filled with excitement and busy people. It is also an area where the average summer temperatures run above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the average mid-summer temperatures crest above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

So face it: life in Mesa without a functional and efficient in-home air conditioning system gets sticky, sweaty, and sometimes even dangerous.

2010 U.S. census counts estimate that over fourteen percent of Mesa’s 400 thousand plus people are over 65 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines heat stress as a major problem for the elderly (1). To help prevent heat stress, the CDC recommends:

  • Avoidance of strenuous activities
  • Consumption of cool, nonalcoholic beverages
  • Cool showers
  • Wearing lightweight clothing
  • AND seeking an air-conditioned environment.

But the population of Mesa includes more than a handful of elderly folks. In fact, women make up nearly 50 percent of the regional residents. Reliable air conditioning improves health conditions in hospitals, promotes a better sales atmosphere for retail shops, and for Mesa homeowners, it just plain keeps the family cool, comfortable and chummy.

Best way to keep it that way: Identify in advance who you want to handle your Mesa HVAC service calls.

Life In Mesa – A Side Note For Prospective Residents

Mesa, Arizona. It sets to the south-ease of Scottsdale, directly north of Mesa, and just northeast of Chandler. Some major points of interest include:

  • The Mesa Arts Center
  • The Arizona Museum of Natural History
  • Hohokam Stadium
  • AND the Champlin Fighter Museum, an aircraft museum that is specialized in airworthy World War I and World War II fighters.

Educational opportunities include the Mesa-located Arizona State University, the Mesa Community College, and the for-profit Universal Technical Institute designed for students seeking entry level careers in the repair and service of transportation vehicles such as autos, diesel, marine and even motorcycles. Furthermore, this small slice of Arizona boasts of:

  • 85 Public Elementary Schools
  • 19 Public Middle Schools
  • AND 29 Public High Schools.

Housing and community development services include:

  • Rental assistance programs
  • Homeownership opportunities designed for neighborhood stabilization and home investment partnerships
  • Programs designated to assist in homeowner emergency repair
  • AND a host of Human Service plans developed in partnership with HUD.

Other reasons for choosing Mesa:

  • This is the 38th largest city in the U.S.
  • Mesa “Downtown” offers fine dining, a multitude of shopping venues, and an access to vibrant and exciting on-going arts and cultural activities
  • Fascinating people
  • Transit-oriented development
  • A plan for growth offering attractive business opportunities in multiple arenas
  • A daily workweek Light Rail throughout downtown
  • Reliable police force
  • And core location to critical Arizona happenings.

You will want to keep the A/C tuned-up, efficient, and filled with coolant. But in a city that boasts over 383 hotel rooms, 665 businesses, and rapid access to all areas throughout downtown all your really need is a reliable HVAC service provided that assures 24/7 response time.

Check List: How To Find a Reliable Mesa Arizona HVAC Service Provider

  • Response Time – Response to initial phone calls and emails is a good example of what to expect in the overall response time.
  • BBB Listing – Professional HVAC contractors file with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Drug Testing – Employ background and drug checks are now standard business practices.
  • Essentials – Must be bonded, licensed and insured to provide service on regional Mesa homes
  • Informative – A/C and Heat Pump salesmen/technicians should take time to make sure you “fully” understand all aspects of the job. If you have to pull teeth to get answers, consider something not right.
  • History – The age of the prospective HVAC contractor’s business can reveal evidence of reliability.
  • Testimonials – Both online and paper-based should evidence reliability and customer satisfaction.
  • Estimates – Professional Mesa A/C Centers offer “FREE” estimates?
  • Assessment and Inspection – Your prospective Mesa HVAC contractor should do a full and complete assessment and inspection of your current heat pump or A/C system, your home environment, and your personal expectations, restrictions and financial limitations.
  • Itemized Estimate – Expect a written, itemized estimate of the required parts and services.
  • Price Guarantee – Get one.
  • Product Line – Don’t permit the contractor to limit your choices.
  • Documented Savings Report – If upgrading to Energy Star rated products, expect documented evidence of projected savings.
  • Company Representatives – Should be informed, courteous, and up-front with information.
  • Payment – Only when the job is completed.
  • Warranty – Get parts and labor in writing.

Apply this guide with diligent care. Pay attention to each step. It will help you locate a Mesa HVAC contractor who is best suited for your location and specific household cooling requirements – and it may even help you save money on your next heating and cooling electric bill.

For more information, contact American Cooling and Heating

Please call: (480) 699-2516 or visit:  http://www.americancoolingandheating.com/ac-service-mesa-az

 

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Disclaimer:

  1. Any HVAC service should only be performed by a licensed, fully trained, and competent person and/or company.
  2. The contents in this article reflect accumulated data from various sources. ACH cannot and does not accept any legal responsibility to any person in respect of anything or the consequences of any reader responses, actions or lack of actions associated with reliance upon the whole or any part of this article and its content. All trademarks, logos, and associated content displayed are the property of their respective owners.

BBB Air Conditioning Report Includes 3 important AC Service Tips

Reliable Arizona HVAC ServiceBBB Releases 3 Important AC Service Points To Consider 

Phoenix, Arizona (American Cooling and Heating) –In Arizona the term “misery” comes across as blistering heat and a broken central air conditioning system. But aside from the certainty of consequences associated with high humidity, dust and scalding temperatures, a crashed heat pump or air conditioning system also means that you may encounter some serious A/C service charges.

Sometimes a seemingly low repair cost can end up exceeding the suggested industry service standards. According to a recent Arizona BBB A/C service tip, homeowners can benefit by knowing how to identify HVAC repair sales processes that step outside of the typical pricing and service-quoting scheme.

One year ago in the months of April, May, and June, the Southern Arizona BBB received better than nine thousand air-conditioning repair related consumer inquiries. This year, the BBB seeks to stay ahead of the rush. By learning how to identify the following 3 important AC service practices, you can save money on your Arizona A/C service requirements.

Focus of the Arizona BBB Air Conditioning Report

Everyone seeks a great deal. But keep watch for deals that are two good to be true. According to the BBB, special HVAC pricing that exceedingly undermines standard A/C service charges can imply less than reliable service functionality.

As a consumer in need of Arizona air conditioning services, take notice of the following 3 important AC service tips:

1) Avoid AC Tune-ups That Are Too Far Below Local Averages

Although the standard industry cost for a residential air conditioning tune-up is relatively inexpensive, prices that fall far below average indicate promises of an incomplete, inaccurate, and unreliable A/C tune-up. If the advertised A/C tune-up pricing comes in at figures too low for local averages, take care that you not be drawn in by unrealistic promises.

2) Rule-of-Thumb A/C Suggestions Rather Than Accurate Analysis Of Your Home

According to the BBB report, quick estimates tend to follow faulty rule-of-thumb calculations. There is no easy out in the field of HVAC installation and repair. Look for the tech that suits up for a full crawlspace examination of your existing ductwork. Avoid those who speak in rule-or-thumb statements. This is a lazy man’s estimate practice and it is inaccurate and likely to be very pricey in the homeowner’s long run home cooling expenses.

3) The HVAC Quote Arrives Before The Estimator

It’s real simple: Professional HVAC service centers perform on-site examination of existing system airflow processes as well as existing equipment status evaluations. If the quote arrives by phone rather than by a hands-on inspection of your Arizona home air conditioning system expect to encounter additional service expenses.

Arizona Residential HVAC Services

Avoid A/C service complications. Look for the BBB sign of approval. BBB Sign of ApprovalYou will see on the documentation at American Cooling and Heating. We provide fast and reliable 24-hour Arizona residential HVAC services. Our customers vouch for our reliability and honesty.

Testimonial…

“I had a great experience to share about this AC company. We have used them in the past to fix a problem with AC water overflowing on the carpet. They fixed the problem and cleared the drain. Here is the biggie though. Our outside part of the A/C got hit by electrical surge from storm and was fried. They got us a new unit installed right away. They were also very helpful with getting us the info we needed for our homeowners insurance to cover the repair. I recommended them to a friend from work and he said they did a great job for them too.”

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Arizona Home Maintenance – Installing a Trane Air Conditioning System

Being an Arizona Home Maintenance Expert Doesn’t Make Me an Air Conditioning Technician

Arizona home maintenance is time consuming and sometimes difficult but it can also be rewarding and even therapeutic. However, taking on a home handyman job that is outside my comfort zone leaves me feeling frustrated and overworked. Success in such home ventures is about knowing when to act on your own versus when to hire a professional. Sometimes the line gets blurred and I end up tackling a home repair or home upgrade project that exceeds my desire for personal involvement. Installing HVAC equipment falls into the category of no can do and no want to do.

Perhaps you too are the do-it-yourself type. Or maybe you just know a great local handyman. You’re thinking pickup a great deal on a scratch-n-dent heat pump system from the local salvage yard and get it installed for near to nothing. The local Arizona home maintenance man even has experience installing an air handler – did it once for his brother-in-law. But more than likely he is also operating without insurance, adequate bonded funds, or even an Arizona HVAC service license.

Here’s the big scoop on handyman services and A/C installation: If your next home improvement project involves the installation of a Trane Air Conditioning system or any other type of heating and cooling equipment, think long and hard before you eliminate the value of hiring an Arizona HVAC professional installation team. Don’t risk a voided Trane AC warranty, sloppy work, or a future house fire.

Home Maintenance Is One Thing; Installing AC Is Another

Avoiding the trained air conditioning service dealers in Arizona is a bad decision. I’m no stranger to handyman work, plumbing installation, electrical projects or any other construction task. When working in areas in which I lack experience, I know how to do the homework that enables safe, reliable and efficient project management and project completion. I can install and wire a new in-wall oven, a security system, and even an outdoor whirlpool. I can add insulation to the walls, lay brick, and even remove, resize and replace windows and doors.

However, when it comes to heat pumps, furnace systems and air handlers, I am lost. If the work only involved the mechanics and the electronics of the task, installing a new Trane Air Conditioning system would be a project I can handle. But:

  • What about the problem of right sizing the unit to fit my home floor plan and square footage?
  • Where should I locate the registers and is the existing ductwork sufficient for use with new and improved air-conditioning components?
  • What if mold is already present? How do I work with it?
  • Can I mix and match old and new HVAC equipment or should I do a full upgrade?

And what about the model and brand choices? Even if I decide to go Trane on all equipment, which unit or combination of units will most efficiently and effectively fit the exact needs of my home? The options seem endless. For example: Do I go with a:

  1. Trane XR95 with a 95% energy efficient furnace rating at 60,000 btu and with a Trane cased aluminum indoor coil. And a Trane XR13 2.5 ton air conditioner
  2. Trane XV95 with a 97% efficiency 2-stage furnace and a variable speed blower that pumps out 60,000 / 40,000 btu. With a Trane XR15 2.5 ton 15-SEER air conditioner for cooling.
  3. Or does either of the above options even apply to my 2500 square foot, 2-story home?

Even if I had the equipment to perform the right load test and make certain I get the right A/C system for my Arizona home, I still have to consider what options need to be included. Looking at things such as added safety controls, advanced thermostat efficiency, and extended Trane Air Conditioning warranty options seems to make the demand for research endless. I want energy efficient heating and cooling equipment that is sufficient but not wasteful. As such, I buy Trane because of the Trane history for quality and service. But I also pay attention to support and warranty coverage.

If while handling my own home maintenance, I short-circuit the air handler, will the Trane warranty cover the A/C installation errors of a home handyman? No? I think installing a Trane Air Conditioning system is better if left in the hands of an insured, bonded and licensed Arizona HVAC professional.

 

 

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