What to Expect From Central Air Conditioning in Your Macon Area Home

central air conditioningIf you’re in the market for a cooling system that can handle the Macon area’s summer temperatures, it’s natural to wonder what to expect from central air conditioning. Getting familiar with some A/C basics will help you make the best decisions for your needs.

  • Do I really need a new A/C? – If your A/C is more than 10 years old or you’ve had to call an HVAC technician every season for the last few years, you’ll benefit from a new system. Air conditioner efficiencies are constantly improving and today’s systems are up to 60 percent more efficient than those made 10 years ago.
  • What’s it going to cost? – The cost of a new system depends on your home’s size, the state of your air ducts, and any additional features you’ve chosen, such as an air cleaning system. To reduce the size, and therefore the cost, of the system you need, look into reducing your home’s cooling load with steps such as air sealing and adding insulation.
  • How should I choose a new A/C? – A big part of knowing what to expect from central air conditioning comes from knowing what type of system you’ll be using. When you’re shopping around, look for features such as a variable speed air handler, which improves efficiency and provides more even temperature, and a thermal expansion valve (TXV), which also boosts efficiency. After this, professional sizing is essential.
  • Is replacing an A/C system complicated? – Taking out the old equipment and putting in the new isn’t the only thing involved in replacing an air conditioner. Your HVAC technician may also need to perform work on the ducts, wiring, refrigerant tubes, and drainage system, among other components.
  • What is an A/C system’s life span? — On average, modern air conditioners cool effectively for around 12 to 15 years. Even so, you may wish to upgrade to a more energy efficient system before your existing one wears out.

If you could use a little guidance on knowing what to expect from central air conditioning, contact us at Wilson Bryant Air Conditioning in the Macon, Eatonton, Milledeville and Warner Robins area.