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 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.
Repair vs. Replace
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, 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 nearly 60 years we’ve been doing business, we have noticed that proper sizing and quality installation make a much bigger difference in comfort, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.
Other experts agree. In the air conditioning buyer’s guide by consumer advocate ConsumerSearch.com, it states, “There isn’t a whole lot separating the highest quality central air conditioner systems from the lowest. However, there is a big gulf between the highest quality installers and those that are less-qualified — and that’s the reason behind wide swings in customer satisfaction between brands.”
Good Installers are Hard to Find
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a study in 2014 that said 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.
We do things right at A.B. May. We follow industry standards for 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.
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. 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.