Many homeowners don’t think about air conditioning until the intense summer heat can make it almost unbearable to function or even sleep indoors. Nancy from Canco ClimateCare Heating and Air Conditioning had some suggestions for homeowners.
If you’re shopping for a central air system for your home, you’ll want to keep these ten tips in mind;
1. Request that the contractor and/or installer comes to your home before giving you a quotation and a price.
2. Insist on having a heat gain performed, even if you are replacing an existing system.
This is the only way that the system can be properly “sized”. If the unit is under capacity, it will not be able to cool your home on really hot days. If it is over capacity, it will run long enough to cool, but not enough to dehumidify. A system that is over-sized will also cost you more money to operate.
3. Get a copy of the AHRI efficiency rating for the equipment quoted and verify that the equipment installed is the same as on the AHRI form.
The indoor evaporator coil must be matched with the outdoor condensing unit to achieve the desired efficiency.
4. If an existing system is being replaced, it will use the “new” environmentally friendly refrigerant.
This is not compatible with the existing refrigerant and requires new line-set to be installed. Make sure that this is included in the proposal. If this is not possible because it is behind walls, the line-set should be “flushed” at minimum.
5. An electrical inspection should also be included as part of the job.
6. Verify your contractor’s credentials. Just because a company sells and installs air conditioning does not guarantee that they have installers qualified to do so.
Company technicians must be qualified to do the work that is required for proper installation, especially for your warranty to be honoured.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask for references, preferably from both new and existing customers.
It is important to hear from customers who have had their systems installed several years ago; how has the after service been?
8. Ask if the contractor is part of the “Heating and Cooling Incentive Program” or check saveonenergy.ca. You may qualify for rebates when replacing existing equipment.
9. Consider replacing an older furnace at the same time. There are savings to be achieved by doing so.
10. Read the written contract proposal carefully. Make sure that it includes everything discussed including warranties. By Ontario law, your contract must include “The Buyer’s Right to Cancel”.
Editor, Dawn Boshcoff