Its getting hot out there in New Orleans. And unfortunately, sometimes an air conditioner needs to be replaced. The average lifecycle of a conventional air conditioner is about fifteen years. Air conditioning systems can be expensive to repair. The good news is that air conditioning systems have evolved substantially over time. Today’s air conditioners are more efficient and environmentally friendly and many options are available. Its important for your family’s health and your personal finances that the company you utilize to work on your air conditioning systems has highly qualified, trained technicians.
Fifteen years ago, standard air conditioning units were about 8 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). In lay terms, SEER can be compared to miles per gallon (MPG) when driving your vehicle. Today the minimum standard for an air conditioning unit is 14 SEER in Louisiana. ( Geothermal units can be up to the equivalent of 55 SEER. ) Electricity prices have also risen in the past two decades which means that the ownership of an older air conditioning unit has become a financial liability, to the point that after the average family’s mortgage, utility bills are the next most significant expense. Not to mention that older equip sometimes requires more expensive repairs. The typical household that installs a new unit can expect to use 40% less energy, resulting in significant savings on utility bills.
Another more valuable option, is to install a geothermal air conditioning system. Geothermal units extract or reject heat from the ground (this is the source of energy). Geothermal systems are highly efficient and results in reduced carbon emissions on the planet. While running, geothermal units can also provide free domestic hot water and better dehumidification for one’s home. Geothermal units also have two other major benefits: there is a 30% federal tax credit for installation and geothermal systems generally last twice as long as conventional units. The typical cost savings on utility bills with a geothermal system are 40-60%. (Compared with conventional high efficiency units). With geothermal units there is no outdoor equipment (so there is nothing to be vandalized or stolen). Geothermal units are also quieter than other systems (noise is often considered a pollutant as well).
The replacement of the air distribution system (Ducts) is not usually necessary. However, any time a new system is installed, the duct system should be updated to meet new efficiency standard. It is highly recommended that a duct sealing procedure is performed when you have a new air conditioning system installed. Updated duct systems have the added benefits of reducing indoor air pollution and health problems and providing substantial energy savings.
Raul Mena, has been servicing and replacing air conditioning and heating systems in New Orleans for more than three decades. Mena pioneered geothermal air conditioning in the New Orleans region, and has completed many significant significant projects including a major Geothermal installation in the recently refurbished, Spanish Stables condominiums.
When Mena AC and Heating technicians go to a home or business we do a complete evaluation of the the air conditioning system and make a set of recommendations based on improving efficiency and health.
Because we understand that investing in a new HVAC system can be significant, Mena AC and Heating offers flexible payment options (as low as $125 per month).
It is mid-march and the weather is warming up in New Orleans. Unfortunately this is also the time of year that many people discover that their air conditioning system may need some TLC.
You may notice the following about your air conditioning system this spring:
1. Your system is not keeping you as comfortable as it did last year.
2. Your utility bills seems too high.
3. Your system doesn’t keep up with the settings on your thermostat.
4. Your air conditioner is making strange noises.
5. Your air conditioner won't work at all.
Don’t be afraid, Mena Air Conditioning can help you out.
Fortunately, many of the these problems can be fixed with simple maintenance. This is the time to call Raul E. Mena Air Conditioning and Heating. Mena Air technicians will perform a spring check-up of your system to make sure that your air conditioning is at its efficient best.
Unfortunately, every once in a while a unit needs to be replaced. The good news is that a new, efficient air conditioning unit will save you a significant amount of money on utility bills while keeping you comfortable for many years to come.
We understand that the cost of a new system can be daunting. We are pleased to be offering clients in need of a new system a range of options...some as low as $125 per month.
More information about HVAC systems, geothermal air conditioning, and air conditioning health can be found at www.menaair.com.
By having properly sealed duct work your home can be healthier and more energy efficient.
Spring and fall are the best times to address your duct health.
Here are some reasons for duct sealing:
Comfort--your HVAC system will perform better because you won't be losing cooled air from the system or pulling in hot or humid air from unconditioned spaces such as attics and crawlspaces.
Pollution--properly sealing your duct system will reduce pollution from getting pulled into your house. In addition, a sealed system will prevent mold and mildew from forming in your home.
Savings--properly sealing ducts will make your HVAC system more efficient, saving you money on your utility bills.
As an example, 78 degree return air would rise to 85 degrees by the time it returned to the air conditioner because its mixed with 110 degrees outside air in the attic. The air conditioning system then has to cool 85 degree air instead of 78 degrees air. An air conditioner will normally cool air by 20 degrees. More than 15% of the system cooling capacity is lost because the unit has to cool 85 degrees air instead of 78 degrees air.
Environmentally Friendly--by sealing ducts your system will burn less energy and waste less energy.
New Orleans home owners can sign up for a free air conditioning, heating, and duct sealing evaluation by contacting us today. Each time our technicians come out for an evaluation we look at the conditions of your duct system and give a report. We provide your recommendation about how to make your New Orleans home safer and more energy efficient for the years to come.