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Replacing Your Air Conditioner

In our previous blog post, we filled you in about the R-22 phaseout that is looming on the very near horizon. Check that out here if you haven’t already (or if you’re just ready for a refresher before today’s post). This phaseout obviously has implications for homeowners thinking about repairing old air conditioners, whether it makes more sense to just replace now, etc. Our focus today is why you shouldn’t view a potential air conditioning replacement as a burden.

Giving your air conditioning in Loveland, CO, a fresh start is a great way to reap a number of different benefits. Of course, your overall satisfaction with your new air conditioning system is going to depend largely on the quality of the air conditioning replacement itself. Even a great air conditioner can come up short if it is not installed by skilled, trained professionals.  That is why you want to work with the technicians on our team, every step of the way.

Improve Your Overall Comfort

My air conditioner may be old, but hey—it’s still getting the job done. We hear this a lot, and we know that there are plenty of old ACs out there still doing their thing. The question is—how well are they doing it?

It’s something that we all fall into. My car still gets me from point A to point B. My computer still boots up. I have to brew a pot of coffee while I wait for it to finish, but it happens eventually. And my AC takes a little longer to cool the house down, but I’ve got the time. What many homeowners are surprised to discover once they have replaced their ACs is just how much better the new system performs. If the phaseout has you thinking about a replacement, it’s worth considering the better cooling experience you’re likely to enjoy.

Take Advantage of New Technology…

Inverter air conditioners. Heat pumps. Ductless cooling. Smart thermostats. I don’t need all the hokey gimmicks, you may be thinking, I just want to cool my home! We understand your hesitance, but we’re not talking about shelling out a thousand bucks for a new phone that has 1 megapixel more than your model from last year does. We’re talking about real advancements in technology that help today’s air conditioners to function at higher levels than ever before.

Does this mean that you can’t opt for a relatively bare-bones AC replacement? Of course not. It does mean that you can view your replacement as an opportunity to improve on what came before, though. You can customize your comfort with more versatile equipment without straying off into the realm of gimmickry when you take the time to explore your AC replacement options.

..and the Efficiency It Brings

If you want to pay less for more comfort, and we don’t know why you wouldn’t, then there is no getting around the fact that upgrading your old air conditioning system is the most effective way to go. Yes, it may be a pretty major expense upfront. When you consider the returns you’ll be getting on that investment for years to come, though, it’s clear to see that this boost in energy efficiency is well worth the initial price tag.

Schedule your AC replacement with Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.


Air Conditioning

It really does not matter if you are purchasing your first AC system for installation in a newly constructed home, or if the time has come to replace your old air conditioner. Before you buy that new system, you need to explore your air conditioning options thoroughly. There is no reason why you have to stick with what you’ve always used in the past—although there is also nothing wrong with doing so. We just want to make sure that you find the ideal system for your needs.

Homeowners throughout the area know that they can turn to us for all things air conditioning in Loveland, CO, and guidance in selecting a new system is no exception. So review this quick rundown of your options, explore our site for more details, and be sure to contact us with any questions that you may have. With our help, you’ll be cooling your home effectively, efficiently, and reliably in no time.


Split Central Air Conditioners

The most popular type of whole-house cooling system these days is still the split central air conditioner. It is not difficult to understand why. Split central air conditioners, when properly sized and installed, are powerful cooling systems that get the job done more effectively and efficiently than window units.

These systems evaporate refrigerant in the indoor coil, allowing them to remove heat from the air in the house. They then condense the refrigerant in the outdoor unit, releasing its heat, before repeating the process until desired temperatures are met. The cooled air is redistributed throughout the house via air ducts.

Heat Pumps

The heat pump is another split central system that uses air ducts to distribute cooled air throughout the house. In fact, in its cooling mode, the heat pump is pretty much the exact same as a central air conditioning system. So why does this get its own description? Because the heat pump can actually reverse its refrigerant cycle and, as a result, its entire mode of operation.

In the winter, a component called a reversing valve allows the refrigerant in the system to flow the opposite direction. The function of the coils is swapped. Now, refrigerant evaporates in the outdoor coil, and is condensed indoors. In between, the refrigerant is compressed to further boost its thermal energy. This allows you to transfer heat from the air outside into your home for exceptionally efficient heating.

Ductless Mini Splits

Ductless mini splits are also heat pumps. They are capable of both effective cooling and highly efficient heating thanks to the heat transfer process outlined above. So why do they get their own section? Because they refine the system further by eliminating air ducts from the equation entirely!

Individual wall-mounted blowers are responsible for air distribution, heating and cooling those areas in which they are installed. They are perfect for installation in homes without existing ductwork, and they further boost efficiency by eliminating the risk of energy loss via duct leaks.

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Replace My AC

We are obviously at the tail end of the cooling season at this point. Sure, running an air conditioner in early September is not too wild of a concept. The fact is, though, that most homeowners are starting to shift their thoughts away from their home cooling systems and toward their heaters. If your air conditioner has been exhibiting signs of distress, however, it may be a good idea to keep some of your focus on it before moving on to the next season.

We understand that many homeowners are going to question the merits of replacing their air conditioning systems this late in the season. In certain respects, it is completely reasonable to wait until the spring time to replace the AC. After all, you are not going to be using it much at all in the immediate future, right? Well, there are actually a number of reasons why you may want to schedule your air conditioning replacement in Loveland, CO today.

AC Technicians May Have More Availability Now

The peak of the summer season is not the ideal time of the year to be scheduling an air conditioning replacement. First of all, you don’t want to go without cooling in your home at that time. Second of all, AC technicians tend to be absolutely swamped during the hottest time of the year with repair and service calls.

However, we’re now in that middle ground where the heating season isn’t really upon us, but we’re also moving out of the cooling season. Why not take the opportunity to at least get in touch with an HVAC contractor and see what their schedules look like? You could even see about scheduling routine heating maintenance when you have your air conditioner replaced!

You Don’t Risk Putting It Off Until the Last Minute

Look, we all have good intentions when it comes to household projects, right? But can any of us really admit to being as proactive as we’d like to be? The fact is that some projects can slip through your fingers. This is even truer when you are literally giving yourself months to forget about something!

By the time spring is wrapping up, or if summer should strike early next year, you may find that it is already too late to schedule an AC replacement conveniently. Worse, you may convince yourself that, hey, that ailing old system can probably handle just one more season. Getting out ahead of the replacement helps you to avoid any such misguided hopes.

You May Also Still Need a Good Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner is really showing signs of age, and you think that a breakdown is imminent, it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is. Replacing it before it breaks down entirely is always in your best interest. We may get a few hot days that could prove to be the final nails in your system’s coffin. Replacing it now gives you a new lease on comfort, even this late in the season.

Schedule your AC replacement with Fort Collins Heating & Cooling. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.


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