Advice From the Pros

How a New Air Conditioning Unit Can Save You Money

Invest in a new air conditioning unit

A new air conditioning unit is an important investment. While the prospect of buying a new unit can be overwhelming, replacing an old or malfunctioning AC system can save you money overall.

Gentry Air Conditioning and Heating is here to help! Before you begin, here are some things you’ll want to know about replacing your AC system.

New Units are More Efficient


Older AC units have lower efficiency ratings known as SEER ratings. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.  The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the AC unit. The some of the highest-rated units available today are 25 SEER. Fifteen years ago the top of the line was an 18 SEER, but the standard was only 12 SEER.

An older system with a lower rating needs more power to generate cool air. The more power used, the higher your energy bills will be each month.

Size also matters when it comes to your new AC unit. A licensed and experienced HVAC Advisor should perform a load calculation, which is the industry’s method of determining what size (tonnage) equipment your home requires to stay comfortable. Under-sized or over-sized HVAC equipment will also lead to inefficient temperature control.

New Units Reduce the Need for Repairs

Maintenance appointments can help your air conditioning system run efficiently for many years. However, older units typically need more care and attention than newer systems.

There are a few things you can do to improve the lifespan of your AC unit, including following a proper maintenance schedule. However, even with the right care, AC units are still machines, and will age. If you’re constantly calling to schedule a repair for your AC unit or your electricity bills are higher than they’ve been in the past, it may be a sign you need an air conditioning unit that is more efficient.

For an additional return on your investment, you might even qualify for rebates and/or incentives and discounts when you upgrade to a new HVAC system.

When considering replacing your old air conditioning system, we recommend speaking with a professional. With the right guidance and assistance, you can invest in a new AC system that can save energy and money.

For help selecting the right system for your home, contact Gentry Air Conditioning to talk it over today! We are happy to help

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Common Mistakes People Make that Shorten the Life of Their Air Conditioning Unit

We all want to be comfortable in the summer heat. You may be surprised to learn that mistakes you’re making with your home AC may be undercutting its efficiency and effectiveness. Here are seven of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to home AC, and some simple adjustments that can save you big time:

You Aren’t Changing or Cleaning Your AC Filters

At a minimum, you should be changing the filter on your central AC unit once every three months—and as often as once a month if your system is running all the time.
If you neglect this chore, a dirty filter can lead to poor airflow or even the freezing up of your unit’s evaporator coil. A dirty filter could add 5% to 15% to your AC bill and will shorten the lifespan of your whole system.

You’re Not Having Your System Serviced Annually

Bring in a professional to give your entire system an expert check once a year. This will ensure that you’re getting the most out of your unit and that it lasts you as long as possible – saving you time and money.

Your Thermostat and/or Vents Are Poorly Positioned

If the sun or a nearby lamp blasts your thermostat most of the day, that could throw off its readings and cause it to crank your AC even though most of your home is already cool. Also, blocking AC vents with furniture or curtains can also limit air circulation.

You Don’t Have Blinds or Curtains

Bright sunlight is an enemy of a cool, comfortable room. By closing blinds and sliding curtains to block the sun’s rays, you’ll also shield your space from the unwanted summer heat.

If you have any questions about how to get the most out of your home AC, and to schedule that annual service, give us a call at Gentry Air Conditioning and Heating today!  We are here for you.

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Commercial HVAC

Does Your Business Need a Commercial Maintenance Agreement?

Commercial Maintenance Agreement

 

Commercial HVAC Maintenance is a critical part of the overall strategy of most big operations and large commercial building owners to protect one of their greatest investments: their building. However, many small to medium sized operations tend to wonder if they can get away with performing HVAC work in-house. It may just make sense to get yourself a commercial maintenance agreement instead. Here’s why:

Commercial HVAC service contracts give business owners and managers peace of mind. They know they are less likely to have a major equipment failure by having routine maintenance done on their HVAC system to ensure all equipment is running properly. HVAC experts are able to spot problems during routine maintenance that the untrained eye can’t see. Without regular maintenance, small problems can quickly multiply to become costly emergencies. If you have multiple locations with different types of HVAC equipment, you’re going to need multiple maintenance visits, and these can add up. A maintenance agreement can cover the number of visits that you require for one flat rate.

Businesses with commercial HVAC service contracts get the same technicians regularly. The technicians get to know them, their personnel, their building’s layout, and their equipment inside and out. Technicians who know your equipment can spot when something changes, even subtly, and take care of the issue before the equipment breaks down.

If you don’t have an agreement in place and an emergency arises, you’re stuck contacting a company that isn’t familiar with your system. You’ll also most likely pay more for the service call, repairs, and replacement equipment. If you do have an agreement in place, you will be afforded special considerations. Again, businesses with commercial HVAC service contracts tend to have fewer emergency repair needs, but when they do, they get priority service. Those without contracts get put on a waiting list, which can get long during summer months.

Even better, businesses that develop a long-term relationship with an HVAC company gain a business partner who can give them advice about equipment replacement. The expert guidance allows owners to plan and budget for new equipment.

Try it for a while, and you may ask yourself how you ever lived without a commercial HVAC maintenance agreement!

 

 

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