iAir Services Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Installation’

Does an Evaporative Cooler Really Work as an Air Conditioner?

Monday, October 28th, 2019

The heat in Austin is intense in the summer, and hot weather can linger through many other times of the year. That means air conditioning systems take on immense workloads. You probably have a central air conditioner for your home, so you know how high electrical bills rise when the AC runs. When you hear about a possible energy-saving alternative like an evaporative cooler, you might start to consider making the change.

And then you’ll stop because … maybe this “evaporative cooler” thing won’t do the job?

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What Does the SEER Rating Mean for Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 5th, 2017

air-conditioning-efficiencySummer is here in all but name, and that means you need an air conditioner to function every day in order to keep your home comfortable. If you need a new air conditioner, now is the right time to install it. An older air conditioner on its last legs won’t be able to handle the coming months of high temperatures, and installing a new one now means you won’t have to worry about whether your system is up for the job in the hot weather to come.

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3 Things to Look for with a New Air Conditioner

Monday, April 24th, 2017

new-air-conditioning-systemIf you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, now is the best time to make a purchase. Summer won’t be here for a few more weeks, which gives you the time to properly select a new unit and get it installed according to your timetable. It will thus be ready to go by the time the first heat wave hits, and you can rely on it throughout this summer and many summers to come.

When selecting a new air conditioner, you need to keep several important factors in mind. They will ensure that your system functions exactly the way you should. Your technician can help you with specifics, but in general, there are three things you should look for.

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6 Factors That Affect Your Air Conditioner’s Size

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Air conditioners need to be properly sized before they are installed. And we don’t mean physical size, though obviously, you need a unit that can fit into the appropriate spot in your home. We’re talking about the relative power levels of the system.

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When Ductless Air Conditioning Systems Are Excellent Home Cooling Choices

Monday, April 6th, 2015

You may have heard about some of the benefits of going with a ductless air conditioning system, also known as a ductless mini split system: they save space, work at high energy efficiency, and avoid the issues that damaged and dirty ductwork can create. But a ductless AC is not always the top option for every customer, and at Intelligent Air Services we work closely with homeowners to help them find the best method for cooling down their home. If you are interested in installing a ductless air conditioning system for your home in Austin, TX or the greater Austin area, contact us today and we’ll help you make the choice about the best AC for your needs.

To help you get a sense of when a ductless air conditioning system is a good option, here are five ideal situations for going ductless:

  • New home construction: Are you planning on a building a new house? Having a ductless air conditioning system put in is a great way to free up space in your home that would otherwise go to the ventilation system. This will also give you more freedom when it comes to designing the house just the way you like it.
  • Older and historic homes: If you live in a house that has no room in it for ductwork at all, going with a ductless mini split frees you up from needing to use inefficient window units to provide home cooling and give you the benefits of central cooling.
  • Add-on rooms: Thinking of expanding your home with a new bedroom, study, or game room? You don’t have to drastically rework the current ventilation system to accommodate it: you can have a ductless mini split air conditioning system installed specifically to service the new space.
  • Remodeling: If you are remodeling your home, a ductless air conditioning system gives you similar freedom to design the space as you want without concern for a complex ventilation system.
  • People with allergies live in your house: Because ductwork might pick up contamination that can trigger asthma and allergies, going with a ductless system will help you reduce the danger to people in your home who suffer from these conditions.

Give Intelligent Air Services a call today and ask about ductless air conditioning. We will be happy to guide you through how it works and what is necessary for installation. We offer full service for ductless air conditioning (and other types of ACs) throughout the greater Austin area.

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3 Things to Look for in a New Air Conditioner

Friday, July 18th, 2014

You’ve decided to replace your aging air conditioner in your home with a new model. Or you are planning to move to a house that doesn’t have an air conditioner installed yet. Either way, you are in the market for a new AC… and you might feel a bit lost.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. You should always have professional assistance when it comes to new air conditioning; heating and cooling experts will help you navigate the various models and sizes of AC to pick the right model for your home, and then they will take on the important and technical responsibility of installing it. For quality air conditioning installation in Austin, TX, call Intelligent Air Services, where we strive to keep current with advances in cooling technology so that we can offer our customers the top-of-the-line equipment available in the field.

Here are 3 specific things you should look for in your new AC:

  1. High SEER: SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency rating,” and it informs you how well a particular model of air conditioning converts electrical energy into cool power. The higher the SEER number, the more efficiently the system turns electrical power into BTUs, of cooling, and consequently the less it will cost to run. For an AC to earn the U.S. government’s ENERGY STAR label, it must have a minimum SEER of 14.5. Some high-efficiency air conditioners will score in the low 20s. Look for a unit with high SEER that fits within your budget.
  2. Variable speed air handler: An air conditioner equipped with a variable speed air handler doesn’t need to have its fan blowing at the same speed all the time, wasting energy when it’s not necessary. (The majority of the time, the air handler will run at the lower speed.) A variable speed fan will also help with more even distribution of temperature through your home and achieve quieter operation.
  3. ENERGY STAR compliant: We already mentioned this regarding SEER. However, an air conditioner can have a high SEER rating and still no qualify for the ENERGY STAR label for other reasons, such as lack of basic features, environmentally damaging performance, and proprietary technology. Make sure that the air conditioner you install is ENERGY STAR certified so you know that you are both saving money, helping the environment, and contributing to the free development of better air conditioning technology.

There are other important decisions regarding your new air conditioner with which your installers will need to help you, particularly the size and power of the AC. The system cannot be too large or too small, or else it will overwork and waste energy (making its high SEER rating meaningless). Once you have the ideal system picked out, the technicians will make sure that the installation goes smoothly and the new AC works as you expect it to.

Call Intelligent Air Services for the help you need with air conditioning installation in Austin, TX. Our technological knowledge makes us one of your best choices for home comfort.

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Why Are SEER Ratings Important in New Air Conditioning Installation?

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Among the many technical stats available for an air conditioning system, one of the most important for a potential owner to understand is SEER, which stands for “seasonal energy efficiency rating.” Looking at the SEER for a model will give you a sense about how well the unit converts electrical energy into cooling power, and consequently, how much you might expect to pay on your utility bills to run it.

There are many factors that are important when it comes to choosing a new system for air conditioning installation in Georgetown, TX, but SEER is among the most crucial to grasp. We’ll give a run down on how SEER is calculated and what you need to know about it. For the further help you’ll need for AC installation, contact iNtelligent Air Services today and speak to our air conditioning experts.

What you need to know about SEER

The seasonal energy efficiency rating of an air conditioner is a ratio (expressed as a whole number or number with decimal point) of cooling power to energy consumed. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the AC, and the less expensive it will be to run:

  • SEER = BTUs of cooling / watt-hours of energy… averaged over a season

That SEER is determined over a whole season differentiates it from the single-test EER, energy efficiency rating, which is usually found next to SEER in an air conditioner’s stat list. EER is usually a few numbers lower than SEER.

In order for an air conditioning system to earn the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label for efficiency and environmentally safe operation, it must have 14.5 SEER or more. This is a good lower limit to use when you are searching for a new air conditioner. Some high-efficiency models can score SEER in the low 20s.

SEER isn’t everything

Although SEER is important to know when you are in the market for a new AC, it should never be your sole criterion. An air conditioner can have an astonishing 22 SEER, but that only means it is efficient, not how well it will provide you with cooling. If you end up with an undersized system, poorly installed, the highest SEER rating in the world will go to waste.

For this reason, make sure you have professional installers involved from the start. They will help you find the right unit that balances out SEER with other features. Because the higher SEER air conditioners will cost more, the installers will help you find the most economical way to receive the right comfort for you. Sometimes a lower SEER AC will be the best choice.

To get started with air conditioning installation in Georgetown, TX, contact iNtelligent Air Services. We stay on the cutting edge of the HVAC world and bring the benefits to you.

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