IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Installation’

When Choosing a New AC, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Monday, June 4th, 2018

top view of an outside AC unitIs this the spring you’ve discovered that your home’s current air conditioner is no longer up to the job of keeping your household comfortable throughout the rest of the cooling season? If you’ve come to this conclusion but haven’t yet made a decision on what air conditioning installation to go with, the time is now—but we discourage you from rushing out and buying the first air conditioner you can find!

The reason we don’t encourage this is that too many homeowners go out and buy the biggest air conditioner they can find that matches their budget, not realizing that bigger isn’t always better, and they could actually be doing more harm than good to their cooling system and energy costs. Remember, it takes a skilled and educated HVAC professional to install a new air conditioner. You need a contractor that understands important factors, like the right air conditioner tonnage.

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Pay Attention to Size When Replacing Your AC

Monday, January 9th, 2017

On the east coast and in the Midwest, homeowners are bracing for one of the chilliest winters they’ve seen in awhile. But here in Tampa, temperatures are just cooling off enough that we can shut off our AC systems. And if yours gave you trouble this past season, it may be time to consider a replacement.

Of course, your first instinct may be to rush out and find the first AC system that matches your budget, but this can be a big mistake. It may work for other smaller appliances throughout your home, but the purchase of an air conditioner should be taken more seriously.

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When is the Time Right for an Air Conditioning Installation in Tampa?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Your air conditioning system should provide you with many years of reliable service, but eventually, you’ll have to replace it with a new one. When you are installing a new air conditioning system in Tampa, you probably don’t want to do it during the hottest days of the year. Installation in the middle of summer can be difficult because it leaves you without a proper air conditioner just when the temperatures are peaking. There’s also the question of whether or not your air conditioner is ready to be replaced, or whether a repair/upgrade might be more appropriate. When is the time right for an air conditioning installation in Tampa? The answer depends on the state of your existing unit.

With proper maintenance and care, an air conditioning unit can last for a long, long time. The question or replacement comes when costs rise high higher than you’re prepared to spend. That could mean excessive repairs, when the unit keeps breaking down and/or a given repair costs more than the existing unit is worth. It could also mean that the unit has become so inefficient that your monthly bills are rising higher than you’d care to spend.  When those costs reach a tipping point – especially if your unit is more than ten years old– then the time is probably right for a new air conditioning unit.

The next question concerns the best time of year to install a new unit. In Tampa, heat and humidity are almost year round, which means you may need to choose the time of installation carefully. The ideal time of year comes during the fall or winter, when temperatures are cooler and you don’t have as much of a need for an air conditioner. It allows the technician to work without rushing, and provides plenty of time for the unexpected to crop up.

If you’re asking “when is the time right for an air conditioning installation in Tampa?” call the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling for help. We handle air conditioning installation issues of all varieties and have the experience to make sure that your new system is exactly what you need it to be.

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Why Ductless Air Conditioning Systems are Good For Home Additions

Monday, July 1st, 2013

If you’ve decided to put an addition onto your home, then you’re likely excited about the added value and space that it will bring to your home. But as you know, you need good air conditioning  system if you live in Lutz, FL, and how are you going to keep that new space cool? At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we are proud to offer complete air conditioning services for a variety of terrific products—including ductless mini split air conditioners. For our customers who are thinking about an addition to their home, we wanted to let them know about these systems and why they’re a perfect solution for additions.

If you have a central air conditioning system, then you have ducts in your ceilings or under your floors that deliver cool air around your home. When you put in a new room, that duct system will have to be expanded so that it reaches your new space.

But that’s where ductless mini split AC comes in. As their name suggests, they don’t actually use ducts to provide cooling. Instead, they use a wall-mounted unit that circulates the air in the space around it. So instead of having to run new ductwork into your addition, you can just have a ductless mini split system installed and you’ll get to avoid that hassle. Also, adding more space in your home might also mean you need a larger central air conditioning unit to keep your whole home comfortable. Adding a ductless split to your addition can keep you from overtaxing your current central AC.

Another huge benefit of having a ductless mini split air conditioning system installed in your addition is that it will operate independently from your home. For example, let’s say that you’re adding on a guest bedroom. With a ductless mini split, you don’t have to cool that room unless there’s someone actually sleeping in there. Plus, they can adjust the temperature however they like without impacting the temperature in your home.

When you need any Lutz, FL air conditioning services, just call the experts at Ierna’s Heating and Cooling. 

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Helpful Tips from AC Pros: How to Choose a System

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Are you satisfied with your current AC? Are you looking for an air conditioning system for your new home? Selecting the right AC for your home can feel a bit daunting. After all, considering the size of the purchase and the duration of time you’ll have to live with that investment, it’s no wonder that choosing a new system may give you pause. In today’s post, we’d like to give you some helpful tips from the AC pros on how to choose the right system for your home. 

  • Lutz Air Conditioning ServiceSizing: We can’t overstate this enough. The size of your air conditioner must match the size of your living space. During the installation process, a technician will perform a load calculation in order to assess how large a system you need to cool your home. If your AC is too large, then this results in inefficient cooling and short cycling. If it’s too small, then this results in inadequate cooling and potential system damage to overworking. Your AC needs to be just right.
  • SEER: This acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and it’s given to every AC sold in the US. It’s a number that estimates the ratio between electrical energy input and cooling output over the course of a single season. The higher the number, the higher the energy efficiency. It’s a useful metric for determining long-term energy savings.
  • Ductless mini splits: Long used in commercial applications and throughout the rest of the world, ductless mini split air conditioning systems are beginning to gain popularity in the States. They are highly prized for their SEER ratings, which can reach as high as 27. They can also be installed in places where central air conditioning can not because they don’t require ductwork.

If you’re interested in a new air conditioning system, make sure you find the right installer for the job. Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today for comprehensive, quality air conditioning installation services. 

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Air Conditioning: Why Sizing is Important

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Professional air conditioning installation may be the most single important factor to take into consideration when deciding to replace your existing system, or installing a cooling system in your new home build. The reason for that is partly due to the importance of sizing. Every air conditioner on the market today is built too cool a specific volume of air, and this needs to be appropriately matched to the size of your living space.  For more info, or to schedule Tampa, FL air conditioning installation service, call the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today!

Let’s take a look at a few reasons why sizing is so important to the ongoing operation of your new AC system.

  • Energy efficiency: This is probably one of the most important reasons why the size of your AC should matter to you. Efficiency is cooling output divided by electrical energy input. While the costs of our utility bills seem only to rise, improving our home’s efficiency gives us more control over our home expenses. If your AC is too small, then it will burn a lot of energy simply trying to keep up with basic cooling levels during the summer. If it’s too big, then its cycles of activity will be contracted, and this constant shutting on and off leads to decreased energy efficiency.
  • Performance: The same goes for performance. If your AC is not properly sized, then it simply will not perform as it should, nor can you expect it to work well during the hottest temperatures. The natural dehumidification process of the AC may also suffer, resulting in stuffy and uncomfortable air.
  • System life: An improperly sized air conditioning system will not enjoy as long a life as it should. If it is constantly overworked as a result of being inadequate or short cycling as a result of being overly adequate, then your AC will begin to show its age quickly. Premature replacement is the last thing you want from your new AC.

We hope this helps you realize the importance of appropriate sizing. For more information about our exceptional Tampa, FL air conditioning installation services, call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today

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Air Conditioning Guide: Upgrading Your Split Air Conditioning System

Friday, April 19th, 2013

As the heat and humidity have already made their appearance in April, it’s a good time to evaluate whether your air conditioning system is ready for the long cooling season ahead. You need your AC system not only to perform its job effectively, but it also needs to be energy efficient, so that you can keep your costs at a minimum without reducing your comfort. If your system is getting older, or requires frequent repairs, then it may be time to consider upgrading your central air split system.  When you’re ready for exceptional air conditioning service in Tampa, FL, call the pros at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

Tampa Air Conditioning InstallationWhen you’re ready to upgrade, there are some things to consider:

  • Size: Whenever you perform a system upgrade, you need to make sure the components are appropriately sized for your living space. This is true even if you’re only replacing one part of your system. Compatibility is the key to effectiveness. If your previous system was the wrong size—either too big or small—then you may have had trouble cooling your home efficiently in the past. A new system upgrade should correct any sizing issues whenever possible.
  • Energy efficiency: One of the main reasons for a system upgrade is probably energy efficiency. Today’s split units carry SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings of up to 23, which is double that of most units produced just over a decade ago.
  • Ductwork: Make sure to have your ductwork tested before you install a new system upgrade. No matter what the SEER rating of your new component is, it won’t matter much if your ductwork has a leak in it. Routine inspection and cleaning can also prevent the buildup of dust and debris, both of which can reduce airflow and cause poor indoor air quality.

Whether you’re replacing just one of the system components, or both, make sure your new central air split system is ready to go with professional installation. For air conditioning service in Tampa, FL, call the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today! 

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Air Conditioning Installation Options

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Spring is an excellent time to make sure your home cooling system is in top shape for the fast approaching summer. You need to make sure that it can handle another intense cooling season, because breakdowns in August can be stressful and frustrating. By preparing now, you can also avoid the summer rush for air conditioning service. If you’re looking for an air conditioner, whether for a new home or to replace your existing system, there are a number of options available today that provide excellent and energy-efficient cooling performance. There’s is no better time for air conditioning installation in Tampa, FL, so call your local professional at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today!

Let’s take a look at some of your options:

  • Central air. Far and away the most popular type of residential AC system, central air split systems are cost-effective and efficient systems. Their components are divided into an outdoor unit, which houses the compressor and condenser coils, and an indoor unit, which houses the evaporator coils and air handler. As with all air conditioning, pressurized refrigerant circulates through a cycle of phase changes, removing hot air from your home and sending cool air through an extensive system of ductwork. Paired with a zone control system and programmable thermostats, you can take further control of your indoor climate, with customized temperature for each part of your home, and for each time of the day.
  • Ductless mini splits. As its name suggests, ductless mini splits do not use a system of ductwork to extract and distribute air in your home. However, they are still split systems, with the same type of outdoor unit as a central air. The indoor air handler of a ductless system sits high on the wall or suspended from a ceiling. You can have up to four air handlers for each outdoor compressor/condenser unit, which gives you a built-in zone system, offering comprehensive climate control. They are highly efficient because they don’t use ductwork, and operate nearly silently.

These are just two of the options available for your new air conditioning system. For comprehensive air conditioning installation in Tampa, FL, rely on the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today! 

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Schedule Your AC Installation with Ierna’s Heating & Cooling

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Living in Florida makes it pretty clear pretty quickly just how important the reliable, efficient performance of your air conditioning system really is. While it is a good idea to invest in a high-quality air conditioning system from a trusted manufacturer, there are a number of other factors that will determine the success of your air conditioning system’s operation. One of the most important of these factors it the quality of your Tampa air conditioning installation. If you want to get best possible performance from your new air conditioning system, regardless of the make or model, schedule your Tampa AC installation with Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

Tampa Air Conditioning InstallationEven before the actual installation of your air conditioning system there are a number of important decisions that must be made. A professional air conditioning technician from Ierna’s Heating & Cooling will be able to ensure that you have the information you need to make the right decisions about your air conditioning installation. For instance, you will need to choose which type of air conditioner is right for your home.

While traditional central air conditioning systems are still extremely popular, this may not be the best option for your home. If you do not have preexisting ductwork, or if you wish to avoid the energy loss commonly associated with this type of air distribution system, you may want to consider a ductless mini split air conditioning installation. Some environmentally focused homeowners opt for the installation of a highly efficient heat pump. We can help you decide which air conditioning installation option is right for you.

We’ll also ensure that your air conditioner is appropriately sized for your home. If it is too small it will not be able to keep up with the demand you put on it. If it is too large, though, it will short cycle frequently and risk damage to your system. Our Tampa air conditioning installation technicians will determine just how big your air conditioner must be.

To learn more about our outstanding Tampa air conditioning installation options, just give us a call. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Ierna’s Heating & Cooling is the Tampa air conditioning installation company you can trust with your comfort.

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Air Conditioning FAQs: How Do I Determine the Cooling Capacity of My Central AC or Heat Pump System?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

For any type of air conditioning system in Tampa, the cooling capacity is measured in BTU’s. This is important to know if the system doesn’t seem to be adequately cooking your home, and there are many different ways to check the cooling capacity of your AC system.

1. Air Conditioning System’s Age and Serial Numbers

An air conditioner’s age will usually give you a general idea for its cooling capacity, and if you aren’t sure, you can always check the serial number. Because serial number formats vary by the year the equipment was made, you can check to see how old an air conditioner is from looking at the serial number.

The first four digits of every serial number is the week and year the unit was manufactured.  For example, the serial# 1188E53294 on a compressor unit tells us that it was made between 1980 and 1990, and to be more exact, week 11 in 1988.

2. Air Conditioner’s Model Number

You should also look at the model number for your specific model because some manufacturers also vary how they assign each number in the serial number; however, they usually stand for tonnage or MBTUH. You can always call us if you aren’t sure how to read the serial number or model number.

3. AC Equipment’s RLA Numbers

RLA stands for “Rated Load Amps,” which means that it’s the manufacturer’s rate of the cooling capacity (also known as the draw) or load while it’s operating (minus the draw when you start the system). Most air conditioning compressor or condenser units will draw 5 to 6 RLA per ton of cooling capacity. You can check the data tag on the compressor for the RLA rating; however, this will need to be translated into BTUH for the total cooling capacity.

Feel free to call one of the Tampa air conditioning experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling if you have any questions how to calculate your AC system’s cooling capacity.

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