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Before you replace your home’s cooling equipment, there are various questions you need to ask yourself to make sure your investment will be beneficial.

Is my home as energy-efficient as it could be?

Before jumping to the conclusion that you need a central air conditioner, consider what other things you can do in your home to make it more comfortable from day to day. Keep sunlight from directly entering your home and look at ventilation options to keep your home cooler. Then, consider cooling equipment.

What limitations are imposed by my current cooling equipment?

If you have one kind of cooling system and you want to replace it with different cooling equipment altogether, you must realize that certain restrictions may keep this from being possible. The easiest replacement you can make is to upgrade to a newer, more efficient model of the same type of cooling system that’s already in your home. However, it is possible to add central air conditioning where it didn’t exist before; you can also add ducts to your home if you had a heating and cooling system in the past that didn’t require them.

What size cooling equipment do I need for my home?

There are multiple factors that determine this, like the climate, the size and shape of your home, the amount of windows, the number of occupants, and insulation levels. An experienced heating and cooling technician will be able to help you answer this question by performing a load calculation, which is a crucial process because a cooling equipment system that is too large or too small won’t run efficiently and will cost you more money than a correctly-sized one. A properly sized system will dehumidify the air without overworking itself or shutting on and off too frequently, thereby saving you energy.

How do I find a contractor to get the job done?

Ask your friends for recommendations and inquire about past experiences, look for a properly licensed company, and choose a local, qualified company. Make sure you get more than one detailed quote, along with estimates for start and completion dates. Remember, the quality of the installation is certainly worth considering in addition to the price. Contact Sobieski Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to work with a company that meets all these criteria.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Sobieski serves Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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