Investing in a new HVAC system is a big decision. We recognize that and want to make your experience as easy as possible. You will benefit right away from a well-chosen system with increased comfort in your home and the lower energy bills you receive each month. A.B. May’s air conditioning service advisors take the time to learn the unique needs of your home and design a system for you that is correctly sized and properly installed.
AC Repair vs. Replacement
Sometimes it’s hard to know whether it’s worth repairing your old system instead of installing a new one. Watch this video for some helpful guidelines on how to make the decision especially if your home air conditioner is not working suddenly, or you can read more about it in our recent blog post.
Installation Quality vs. Brand Names
Many people swear by their favorite brand of HVAC equipment. However, in the 60 years we’ve been doing business in Kansas City, we have noticed that proper sizing and quality installation make a much bigger difference in comfort, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. Even so, we’ve partnered with Daikin, the leading manufacturer of air conditioning products worldwide. Although we sell other brands. Daikin is our favorite because of its commitment to quality, customer service, and manufacturing here in the United States.
How to choose a new A/C system
A new air conditioner can bring you comfort and satisfaction for years to come. There are several important factors to consider when selecting a new A/C unit for your Kansas City home.
SIZE: A quality HVAC contractor will pay close attention to your current ductwork, registers, and the size of each room to calculate what size unit your home needs. Make sure to tell them about energy improvements like new windows or added insulation that may affect the amount of cooling power your home needs. Having an oversized A/C can mean higher utility bills, more humidity indoors, and inconsistent temperatures in each room of your home. In contrast, an undersized air conditioner may cycle constantly and still not be able to cool adequately, costing you more money for energy bills and repairs from increased wear and tear.
The SEER rating tells you the amount of cooling per watt of energy usage. SEER 13 is the lowest allowed in our area. Higher SEER ratings usually cost more, but mean more energy savings. Many times, they will pay for themselves over time.
Adding a programmable thermostat can save around 10% on operating costs each year. Make sure your HVAC installation includes one. Smart thermostats can be easier to operate because they automatically program themselves based on your household’s patterns.
Every home is unique. Buying a new cooling system is the best time to evaluate your needs and make sure you will be happy and comfortable at home. Adding optional features can relieve allergies, increase comfort, and save energy. You may want to consider adding:
- Whole-house air purifier
- Media filters
- High-performance blower
Each manufacturer offers a different warranty on their equipment. Read carefully to understand what is or isn’t covered. Many brands don’t include labor. We love Daikin’s 12-year parts and labor warranty that also includes 5 years of maintenance service.
Since your air conditioner is a major mechanical system, it’s smart to get it checked out once a year for optimal performance. Regular attention can optimize energy efficiency and catch small problems, reducing wear and tear on your system. Even better, it can prevent major breakdowns during extreme weather. Including annual maintenance can add a lot of value and extend the lifespan of your new equipment. Consider wrapping regular System Check and Clean appointments into the purchase price of your new air conditioner.
Finding a good A/C and heating installer
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a study indicating most homes had at least one of six common HVAC installation errors. Poor installations were responsible for wasted energy. Leaky ductwork, improperly sized ductwork, and undercharged refrigerant created the most problems for energy efficiency. Some homes in the study were using 30% more energy than the equipment SEER rating suggested because of these installation errors.
It’s smart to read reviews and check the Better Business Bureau ratings before you select your installer. HVAC installations are complex, and you want to choose a contractor your can trust to stand behind their work and fix any problems that pop up.
We do things right at A.B. May. We follow industry standards for AC installation and do not cut corners. A Kansas City Star investigation found that A.B. May pulls more permits than all other local HVAC companies combined. Please read more about our high standards and installation process. In addition to high-quality work, we have a strong commitment to customer service. A.B. May was the proud recipient of the BBB’s first Trust Award for ethics. Also, our high ratings on Google and Facebook match the 96.6% positive feedback we get from our customer surveys included with every invoice.
A Ductless Alternative
A traditional furnace and air conditioner may be just what you need, but that won’t work for every home. If your home has unique features, we can help you determine the right fit for your home.
Mini-Split Ductless Heat Pump
Do you live in an older home without central air? Or do you have a room addition that is never the right temperature? A mini-split ductless heat pump may be the perfect solution for you. Ductless systems can work on their own or complement a traditional A/C. Mini-splits have indoor and outdoor components, just like a traditional system, but they are much smaller and do not require any ductwork. Also, they can be hung on a wall or ceiling to allow more flexibility and control for difficult areas. Additionally, mini-splits are more efficient because there is no possibility for ducts to leak. Mini-splits are used all around the world and are growing in popularity in Kansas City.