Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Replacement’

The Benefits of a High Velocity AC System

Monday, July 29th, 2019

At Basnett, we take pride in staying current with the finest in air conditioning and other home comfort technology. It’s an important part of our job to make sure our customers can choose from the best in equipment to keep their homes cooled through the summer weather.

When it comes to great technology in air conditioning in Acton, MA, high velocity systems are among the most advanced—and a Unico high velocity system may be the perfect new system you’ve been searching for!

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How an HVAC Contractor Knows How Powerful an AC You Need

Monday, May 20th, 2019
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Installing a new central air conditioning system into a house is a more complex process than many people realize. It isn’t as simple as picking a unit that fits inside the HVAC cabinet and sliding it into place. One of the most important decisions in an AC installation is choosing how powerful a unit the house needs for comfort.

An HVAC contractor in Harvard, MA knows how powerful an air conditioner to install through a process called “sizing.” It isn’t about the physical size of the air conditioner, but how much cooling in BTUs (British Thermal Units) it must put out in order to supply the household with sufficient cooling.

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You’ve Decided to Get a New AC—Now What?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
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The choice has been made: you can no longer trust your air conditioner to provide dependable, energy-efficient cooling for your house. With summer coming up, now is the right time to have HVAC professionals install a new air conditioner to provide you with many years of the comfort your family needs.

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Why Is My House Not Getting Cool Enough?

Monday, June 18th, 2018

air-conditioning-grateAs the summer weather starts, you may find that you’re not getting the comfort you expect in your home. You turn down the thermostat, hear the AC turn on, feel cool air coming out of the vents—but the house still feels too hot, or perhaps some parts are staying cool while others aren’t. What’s going on? Is your air conditioner shot and needs to be replaced?

It might be. Or there might be another problem affecting the HVAC system that’s limiting its power or creating an uneven spread of cooling throughout the house. Below are some of the reasons you may find that your house is too hot and stuffy this summer.

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Need a New AC for Next Summer?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

At this time of year it’s pretty easy to see where your air conditioning system may need some help, mostly because this is the time of year when the system is working its hardest. But what if your AC needs more than help? What if it is actually time to consider replacing it? What kinds of factors make the difference between replacing instead of repairing? Let’s take a look.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Outdated Air Conditioner?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Summer heat may be far from everyone’s minds after the winter we’ve had in Massachusetts, but spring is here and the heat of the summer months is soon to follow. Is your air conditioner up to the task of keeping your home cool, or has it reached the end of the proverbial road? It can be hard to tell sometimes, especially if your air conditioner is still operating, but here are some indications that it may be time to replace your current air conditioner in Littleton, MA:

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What the SEER Number Means for your New Air Conditioner

Monday, September 8th, 2014

One of the benefits of replacing an aging and/or malfunctioning air conditioner is gaining better energy efficiency. The best way to assess how energy efficient your new system will operate is by first reviewing and understanding its SEER number. Just as a car shows energy usage information through MPG, an air conditioning system does the same with SEER. Your air conditioning replacement in Worcester County should offer you increased comfort, better performance and increased energy efficiency, and with help from a Basnett Plumbing & Heating expert, you can install a new AC that can achieve all of these things for you and your home.

What Does SEER Mean?

SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating and it appears on all air conditioning labels.

How Is SEER Calculated?

The SEER number is calculated by measuring the amount of cool air that the air conditioner puts out for every unit of energy it consumes. The scale for SEER is 1 to 23, with higher SEER ratings equaling better energy efficiency. One thing to understand about SEER numbers is that a higher SEER number doesn’t cool your home more than a lower one; rather, a higher SEER number will cool your home the same as a lower SEER number, but do it with less energy, so it will cost you less.

What Are Current SEER Standards?

Minimum SEER ratings are mandated by the federal government, and the current minimum for an air conditioner of any size is 13; this is a change from 2006, when the law had a minimum SEER of 10.

What Does This Mean for My AC?

First, when you purchase your new air conditioner, it will have a SEER of at least 13. However, you can purchase an air conditioning system with a higher SEER rating. Before you purchase, you want to determine what you’ll save monthly in comparison to how much you’ll spend on the purchase, because ACs with higher efficiency ratings are more expensive to purchase.

Energy.gov estimates that each SEER point higher can be as much as a 10% decrease in annual energy costs. As such, an AC with a SEER of 16 can save you upwards of 30% on monthly energy expenditures. However, you want to balance this savings with the cost to purchase to determine how long it will be before you recoup your initial out-of-pocket expenses.

Always Work With a Professional

Determining how SEER factors into your new air conditioning replacement in Worcester County can be confusing, so it’s best to work with a trained specialist who can help you. Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating has been helping customers install new AC systems since 1987, and we can help you with yours from start to finish.

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3 Signs of Inefficiency in an Old Air Conditioner

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Getting the most out of your air conditioner can be a good thing, but there may come a point when trying to get the most can lead to costing more. It may not be completely evident when your aging air conditioner is costing you more than it should, so our experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating have put together a list of 3 signs that can indicate inefficiency with your AC, and some tips about whether or not you should consider an air conditioning replacement in Carlisle.

Your monthly energy bill is higher than before.

If you have noticed that your energy bill has risen, and there hasn’t been any real change in your personal usage or a price hike by your power company, the most likely culprit is your air conditioner. Aging air conditioners become inefficient due to natural wear-and-tear and lower-than-normal energy ratings. They also just don’t work as well as they did, particularly if the system is 10+ years old. If you’ve seen a jump in your electric bill, it may be time to sit down with a Basnett Plumbing & Heating specialist and see if your air conditioner is costing you more money that it should be.

You are paying for frequent repairs due to breakdown.

Are you calling for repairs to your air conditioner too frequently? Are some of these repairs quite costly? The simple truth is that at some point, it may be less expensive to purchase a new air conditioner versus paying for continual – and potentially costly – repairs.

No matter what, your home just isn’t comfortable.

Have you tried setting your thermostat up and down, only to find that nothing is making your indoor temperature feel comfortable? The older an air conditioner gets, the harder it can be for it to properly cool your home, even if it is the correct size. Pushing your AC to perform by lowering your thermostat can cause it to overwork, and raising the temperature to help your system catch up may contribute to your discomfort – something no one wants on a hot summer day.

Get the Right Size with More Efficiency

If you think it may be time to purchase a replacement for your air conditioner, speak with a Basnett Plumbing & Heating expert first. There are a number of factors to consider before purchasing any air conditioning system to ensure that the replacement will cool your property as needed, and at a level of energy efficiency that you want.

For almost 30 years, Basnett Plumbing & Heating has done air conditioning replacement in Carlisle. Let us help you be comfortable this summer, no matter what the temperature. 

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3 Items to Consider When Replacing Your Air Conditioning in Concord, MA

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Replacing your air conditioning is a big investment in your home. A properly installed AC will keep your home cool and comfortable for you and your family. In places like Concord, MA – with its summer heat waves and high humidity levels – it behooves a prudent homeowner to replace an old or faulty air conditioning as promptly as possible. Here are three things you should consider when replacing your air conditioning.

  • Your specific needs: Every person’s living situation is unique, and your air conditioning needs to reflect that. It should be the right size for the space you have, and include features that match your lifestyle. For example, if you spend your days away from home, you may want a programmable thermostat to turn off the AC when you’re gone, then turn it on again shortly before you arrive home. A qualified professional can examine your house to determine the proper size of the unit and advise you on the features you may want to consider.
  • The nature of your home: Concord, MA contains a lot of older houses, which might not support the duct system used by a lot of central air conditioning units. In such cases, a ductless system may make a preferable alternative. In addition, multi-story homes might benefit from a ductless air conditioning system because of its multiple zones.
  • AC efficiency: If you have an older AC, it might not be as efficient as you’d like. A more efficient system can save you a great deal on monthly electric bills. Look for systems that feature a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, especially those that feature the Energy Star label. They adhere to strict EPA standards and can reduce your energy expenditure by up to 50% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

When replacing your air conditioning in Concord, MA, consider calling on the trained technicians at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. With over 25 years of experience, we understand the needs of local customers and can guide you through the options for a new air conditioner. Call our experienced staff today and let us find the right AC unit for you.

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