Cost of Air Conditioners

There are a variety of types and costs of air conditioning systems to keep your home comfortable. When you have an idea of the costs beforehand and what type of system you are looking for ahead of time can help you make an informed decision when making your purchase. Here’s some things to consider when choosing a unit:

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Window Units

Window units are definitely the least expensive option. They can easily be installed and keep a small area cool and comfortable. The downside is they will not cool your entire home and can be less efficient to run.

Central Air Conditioners

Central air conditioning systems can keep your entire home cool and keep it at a comfortable level continuously. This is the most common system here in Southeast Texas where it’s hot, hot, hot! Central air can cost anywhere from $4,000 – to over $10,000 depending on many factors including home size, size of unit, and efficiency of system.

Ductless System

If you are considering a ductless air conditioner, it can cost more than a traditional central air system. If cost if not a concern, then this may be an option for you to look into.

Keeping up with the maintenance on your A/C system is the most important component to keeping your costs low. When your system is well maintained you can help keep away from costly repairs.

The costs of different systems will depend on how well you maintain it, unit size and electric bills. A unit may cost more initially but the benefits of the more efficient unit with lower utility bills is a factor to consider. Visit with a trusted HVAC company to see what type of system and size of unit is the best fit for your home and family. Call us today at (832) 752-4445 and see how we can help you.

 

What is a “ton” of cooling for your air conditioner?

Ever wondered what a “ton” of cooling meant when talking about your A/C? Before the modern day AC systems were invented houses were cooled using large blocks of ice. When cooling systems first began being used their capacity was rated by the equivalent of the amount of ice that melted in a day. So that is where the term “ton” came from when sizing an air conditioning unit.

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So now you know where that term comes from! If you want to know how many tons your system should have, or if you are wondering if you have the right size equipment – give us a call at (832) 752-4445 and we’ll be glad to help you out.

 

 

 

Schedule your A/C tune up today

The hot hot summer heat is right around the corner. Have your AC system inspected and tuned up before the heat is here and you have an issue. Call us @ (832) 752-4445 to schedule a visit today!

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Our HVAC technicians will thoroughly inspect your air conditioner unit to ensure safety and a well running system. During visit the technician will:

  • Test refrigerant levels
  • Check amperage draw on compressor and condenser fan motor
  • Check for correct microfarad (MFD) on the condenser fan motor and capacitor
  • Inspect contactor for pitting
  • Inspect condenser coil to ensure proper heat transfer
  • Tighten all electrical connections if necessary

A/C Max is a full service residential air conditioning & heating company proudly serving the northern Houston area including Montgomery, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Magnolia, Waller, Hockley, Conroe, Lake Conroe, Pinehurst, Dobbin, Plantersville and The Woodlands Texas. We are a family owned and operated company with years of experience servicing and installing A/C and Heating systems. We offer a level of service that you just can’t find in corporate HVAC companies. We believe in hard work and honest service and having your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Repair needs taken care of promptly.

Prepare your air conditioner for summer

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You can get a head start on the summer heat by preparing your air conditioner this spring. Here’s a few items to check through to help reduce costs and prevent your a/c from breaking down.

  • Check your attic insulation

Having your home properly insulated can reduce your summer utility bills by helping keep your cold air in your home. Many homes have been built with inadequate insulation in your attic. You should have a insulation rating of R30 or R60, which is a minimum of 10-12 inches.

Similar to dirty air filters, obstructions around your outdoor unit can cause restriction of airflow, causing increased workload and a decrease in efficiency. Clean around the unit removing any weeds or grass and trimming shrubs or bushes nearby.

  • Check the drain line

When your air conditioner is functioning normally, it will create excess moisture that needs to be drained from your home. It’s always a good idea to check your drain line and make sure it isn’t clogged. When your a/c is running check for a small amount of water dripping from the line. It shouldn’t be very much water, but of you don’t see any water at all you may have a problem.

  • Get a tune up from your HVAC professional

We recommend an annual check-up on your air conditioning system. The spring time is the perfect time to have your unit checked before the heavy use during the summer heat. During a tune-up you can have your system checked for efficiency and finding any major issues before being used heavily in the summer season. Contact us today at (832) 752-4445 to schedule a visit. And check out our coupons before you call.

No heat?

Here’s a quick troubleshooting guide to go through if your heater is not working.

THERMOSTAT

  • Make sure the system is set to the HEAT setting.
  • If your thermostat is electronic, make sure the batteries do not need to be replaced.
  • If your system has a switch to control the fan, turn it to ON. Is the fan coming on? If you can’t hear the fan, check the air vents to check if you can feel any air blowing. If the fan is not running you may not have any power to the furnace.

If there are no issues with the thermostat, the next step will be see if there is power to the furnace.

POWER TO THE FURNACE

  • Your system may be equipped with an emergency shut off switch. If so, make sure it is turned on. Typically the switch looks like a normal light switch and will be located on or close to your furnace. It’s common for this switch to be accidentally turned off. If the emergency shut off switch is on, but the fan still isn’t working, proceed to the next step.

POWER – PANEL BOX

  • The next step is to check that the main power is on to both the furnace and air conditioner. In your houses’s main electric panel check the breaker (or fuses) for the HVAC system. Are the breakers tripped or the fuses blown?
  • If the breaker has been tripped it will be in the position between off and on. Reset the breaker.
  • If your home has fuses, check to see if the fuse for the furnace is blown. If so, replace it with the same size and type of fuse.
  • WARNING: If a breaker continues tripping or a fuse keeps blowing, you should contact a qualified service technician to inspect your system to determine why you are having problems.

If you are unsure or uncomfortable during any of these steps, please stop. It may be time for you to contact a qualified HVAC technician to come help you.

Air Conditioner Tips

1. Your thermostat should be set between 74°F and 76°F. Every 1° lower might increase running costs by up to 15%.

2. In the middle of summer, pre-cool your house the night before. This is very effective if your house has a high thermal mass such as brick or rock. Pre-Cooling will allow your air conditioner to work at its peek during the cool evening, saving power and wear and tear on the unit. This also allows the air conditioner unit to keep on top of the heat load as the daytime temp warms up.

3. Change your air filter at least once per month. This helps keep your cooling coils from getting clogged by dirt and dust which reduces the efficiency of your unit, saving money on operating and repair costs.

4. Install Solar Screens on windows that get direct afternoon sunlight. This will reduce the amount of heat in your home letting your a/c rest more frequently.

5. Reduce the amount of usage by heat generating appliances during the daytime such as stoves, ovens, hair dryers, etc.

6. Clean the coils on your outside unit with a water hose regularly. This allows more air to flow across the coils therefore letting your unit operate more efficiently. This will save money on operating and repair costs.

A/C Max is a full service residential air conditioning & heating company serving the northern Houston area including Montgomery, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Magnolia, Waller, Hockley, Conroe, Lake Conroe, Pinehurst, Dobbin, Plantersville and The Woodlands Texas. We are a family owned and operated company with years of experience servicing and installing A/C and Heating systems

Air Conditioner Tips

1. Your thermostat should be set between 74°F and 76°F. Every 1° lower might increase running costs by up to 15%.

2. In the middle of summer, pre-cool your house the night before. This is very effective if your house has a high thermal mass such as brick or rock. Pre-Cooling will allow your air conditioner to work at its peek during the cool evening, saving power and wear and tear on the unit. This also allows the air conditioner unit to keep on top of the heat load as the daytime temp warms up.

3. Change your air filter at least once per month. This helps keep your cooling coils from getting clogged by dirt and dust which reduces the efficiency of your unit, saving money on operating and repair costs.

4. Install Solar Screens on windows that get direct afternoon sunlight. This will reduce the amount of heat in your home letting your a/c rest more frequently.

5. Reduce the amount of usage by heat generating appliances during the daytime such as stoves, ovens, hair dryers, etc.

6. Clean the coils on your outside unit with a water hose regularly. This allows more air to flow across the coils therefore letting your unit operate more efficiently. This will save money on operating and repair costs.

We offer Free Quotes on A/C and Heating Services. Give us a call at 832-752-4445 for fast air conditioning & heating service.

Serving the northern Houston area including Montgomery, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Magnolia, Waller, Hockley, Conroe, Lake Conroe, Pinehurst, Dobbin, Plantersville and The Woodlands Texas.