8 Smart Strategies When Buying A New HVAC System

One of the most expensive purchases you will ever make for your home is an air-conditioner – whether you are replacing existing equipment or choosing a heating and air-conditioning system for a new home.

Once your AC system is up and running, it could be a decade or more before you replace it.

Since you will be living with it for a long time, you want to choose wisely.
If done correctly, a new air-conditioner will result in more comfort year-round, lower energy bills and better air quality — particularly because of recent improvements in cooling-equipment technology and installation procedures.
Here are basic points to remember during the process:

1. Pick a trusted contractor. Unless you have worked in the HVAC field, you cannot expect to completely understand all the details in air-conditioning; no homeowner can. This creates a situation where you might be taken advantage of, and you need to proceed carefully.

Do pick a contractor based on recommendations from friends or neighbors or a reputable referral network. Don’t choose one after talking to a telemarketer or because someone came to your door to make a solicitation. Be suspicious of mailings offering cut-rate prices.

Check on how long the contractor has been in business. Someone who has been around at least five years has a commitment to the job and can typically be counted on to return if you have problems.

HVAC contractors must register with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. Get the license number and check it out at azroc.gov under “contractor info & searches.”
Then check with the Better Business Bureau to see whether a contractor has been the subject of complaints. Finally, ask each contractor you interview for past customers’ names and call a few.

Ask references: Did the contractor do what was promised? Has he or she returned to fix problems that came up after installation? How do the customers like the air-conditioner they chose? What impact have they seen on their utility bills?

2. Take the contractor’s advice. Researching online or asking others who have purchased air-conditioners is always good. But be cautious about insisting on a specific brand or size of air-conditioner, especially when recommended by someone living in another state.

Once you choose an installer you trust, ask for suggestions. The contractor may know about options that suit your home better than what you had in mind. A good contractor also knows which manufacturers give the best warranty.

3. Buy an AC that fits your home. Make sure your contractor does research about your house, the microclimate you live in, and the condition and placement of your air ducts. That way, he or she can determine how much air-conditioning you need and whether you need to repair or realign ducts to improve your cooling efficiency.

Be very, very cautious. If a salesperson makes a proposal without visiting your attic to look at your furnace and air handler or without checking the AC in the yard or on the roof, he or she is not doing the necessary homework.

Haier Portable Air Conditioner Installation Video

Transcript:

Commercial Cool portable air conditioners offer flexibility, simple installation, and quiet operation. Leave the box standing upright and cut along the dotted line. Lift the box away in a slow, upward motion. Fully directional casters make for easy mobility.

An easy install window kit is included for exhausting the unit through any horizontal or vertical opening window. First, push the window panel adaptor through the back of the panel and tighten the adapter with the screws. Then adjust the plastic panel to the width or height of the window. Tighten the two screws and close the window. Now insert the hose connector into the exhaust, extend the hose, and attach the other end to the adapter.

Use only a properly grounded outlet for a three prong grounded plug, no extension cords or adapters, and push the reset button. Dual-hose models come with two hoses in the window kit, one for exhausting air, the other for air-intake. The installation process is the same.

The front control panel and the remote control include the same essential functions. Each has a power, temperature, fan speed, and mode button. The remote control is always easy to find when stored in the built-in cradle.

Maintenance is easy with a slide-out washable filter, and manual draining is unnecessary. Commercial Cool portable air conditions consume less energy than typical window units.

References: This site was done with the assistance of air conditioning geelong

Most asked questions about portable air conditioning

Resources: Aspen Air, BatonRougeAc.com

Transcript:

Hello. I’m Brian. One of the many product experts here at the company, and today I want to take a moment to answer the three most common questions that we receive related to portable air conditioning.

The first question, and the most common one we always receive related to portable AC units, is “Do they all require venting?” Now the short answer is yes they do. Keep in mind, this is not unique to portable AC units.

All air conditioners, portable or otherwise, require the venting of hot air during operation to complete the cooling process. Simply put, you’re going to have the cold air coming out of the front of the unit, but an equal amount of hot air being expelled out of a back vent.

If you don’t channel that hot air from the back, out of the room that you’re trying to cool, you’re not going to cool it. This is why every portable AC unit that we offer on our website will include an air vent hose and a window kit panel that easily installs into most standard sized windows.

Second question, “What happens to the moisture all AC units pull from the air?” Now I’m happy to report that the vast majority of the portable AC units we offer today, will internally process and evaporate the collected moisture, so you won’t have to worry about manually draining them.

Keep in mind, there are occasions when the humidity in a particular environment may exceed what a unit is capable of processing. Now in those cases, the excess condensate will be collected in an internal storage pan. Should the pan fill up, the units are designed to shut off to prevent leaking.

In rare cases, you may need to manually drain a unit, and a drain is provided in the back. Again, with today’s technology, the times you may need to manually drain a portable AC unit, they are going to be few and far between.

Our third question today is, “How noisy is a portable AC unit?” Now I found that a challenging question to answer properly over the years, since noise levels tend to be subjective. One man’s noisy, could be another man’s quiet.

Since portable AC units contain a fan and a compressor, all within the same housing, we’ve found their noise levels to be very similar to a traditional window AC that most of us have already heard. Many of the units offered on our website will list a decibel, or DB rating. Remember, the lower the DB rating, the quieter a unit will be.

Now those are just the top three questions that we receive on a regular basis about portable AC units. Obviously, there’s a lot more ground to cover. Our website is packed full of information on these units, and each model has its own product page with its individual specs and dimensions. I also encourage you to contact our product experts, which are available 24 hours a day to assist you at the toll-free number shown on the website.

We’ve been selling portable AC units for well over a decade. We know them very well, so I encourage you to contact us with any question you have, and let us dial in the right unit for your needs. Thanks for watching.

 

LG 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Hi. I’m Maritsa from Home Depot, and this is the 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner from LG Electronics. This unit is available at this Arlington HVAC Company. It provides optimal airflow for your room of choice, with this stylish portable AC unit. Designed to effectively cool or heat large rooms, up to 600 square feet in size, for optimal temperature control. That’s right, cool and heat. You’ll love the 14,000 BTU’s of cool airflow or heater function, giving you an effective, versatile, and powerful, portable AC unit.

The included window installation kit allows for quick and simple setup, and allows for the flexibility of wheeling the unit into larger rooms of the house for spot cooling if necessary. Notice that the 3-speed fan and 2-way air direction settings allow you to adjust and maintain temperature, direction, and speed, to find the perfect heating or cooling level.

The digital controls allow you precise temperature adjustment, and the convenient timer provides you with the ability to create your own heating or cooling schedule. The best part is that the handheld remote gives you quick and instant temperature control from anywhere in the room.

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Video: Portable Air Conditioners From Home Depot

Transcript:

Portable air conditioners are the largest growing segment of the room air conditioning market, and the Home Depot has the best featured, best valued, and best designed portable AC line-up.

Before I talk about the specific units, let’s briefly review portable AC’s. These products have to be vented to an outside window. It’s a simple process that only takes about 15 minutes. The customer simply opens their window and uses a window installation kit provided in their unit. The number one reason customers return their portable AC is because they don’t know that it needs to be vented. Most believe that they can just plug in their unit and begin cooling.

Now let’s talk about how these units are different from window AC units. First, portable AC units are easier to install. I can install one of these units by myself. I definitely could not install a larger window AC unit by myself.Another great benefit is that portable AC’s can be installed in a variety of window types, unlike window units that can only be installed in standard windows. This gives customers with traditional, or non-traditional windows, the ability to cool their rooms.

Second, they’re not only used as the primary air conditioning. Many people use these even if their houses have central air. Let me give you an example. At night, a customer may like a cool room, but not want to turn the thermostat down for the whole house. With a portable AC, they can have that cool room without having to cool their entire house, saving them money.

Finally, with portable AC’s, customers won’t have a big unit hanging out of their windows, blocking their view.

Now let’s talk about the units we have for this season. You’re going to love our 2012 assortment of portable AC’s. Let’s talk about the specific units in this selection.

Our best product is the LG 14,000 BTU portable AC with heating option, retailing for $649. It’s three products in one. It’s a heater, an air conditioner, and a dehumidifier. This is LG’s first portable AC that also has a heat option, so it can be used year-round in milder climates, similar to our window units that also have heat and cool. This unit will be sold primarily in southern markets.

The heat function on this unit is designed to take the chill out of a cool night. It’s not designed to keep you warm during a northern winter. This unit will cool or heat up to 600 square feet, up to a 20’ x 30’ room. This unit is so quiet, that you can comfortably have a conversation sitting next to the unit, making it a great choice for living spaces.

The oscillating air vent helps cool or heat the room evenly, and the dehumidifier mode removes excess moisture from the air. This unit has attractive, easy to use, electronic touch controls, with an LCD display, and a sleek remote control.

Our other best option is the Soleus 13,000 BTU portable AC with heating option, that retails for $549. Same great features as the unit we just talked about, however, it only cools up to 500 square feet, so a 20’ x 25’ room.

The LG 11,000 BTU portable AC retails for $429. This unit is designed to cool a room up to 400 square feet, so 20’ x 20’ room. The control panel display features an LED display. This model also features an oscillating air vent and a dehumidifier function.

The 9,000 BTU portable AC, which retails for $329. You may recognize this unit from our 2011 assortment. It was the most popular model in the assortment. This particular model only cools areas up to 300 square feet, a 15’ x 20’ room size. As you can see, it’s not as sleek as some of our other models.

We’re also bringing back a 7,000 BTU portable AC, retailing for $279. This unit only cools areas up to 200 square feet and is the perfect unit for customers who want a portable AC, but don’t want to spend $300.