How much does it cost to add on air conditioning?

Spring has officially arrived and that means you’ll probably find yourself dreaming of sunny, warm days. Springtime will bring warmer weather, but when summer hits, you’ll want to be prepared and make sure that you’re ready with air conditioning that will keep you cool. If you’re considering adding on air conditioning for your home this year, you can expect to spend between several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the unit that you have installed.  The size of your home will determine the type of air conditioning system that you need. There are several main types of systems including window units, ductless min-split systems, portable units, and central systems. Window units are generally the least expensive, but are not usually efficient enough to cool the entire house.  A new central system is usually the costliest, but will pay off when it comes to keeping you and your family cool throughout the season. Here are some other factors that are important to consider when choosing an air conditioner.

Factor #1: Quiet.
Noisy air conditioning units are annoying. A quiet system is an important feature of a new system and will help you enjoy it more. Sound level is an especially important factor for homeowners that are part of a strict HOA or for those living in townhomes or condos that may share walls. Quiet systems mean you won’t be interfering with any neighbors.

Factor #2: Energy efficiency.
Your air conditioning system will require significant energy use, so when you’re looking for options on what is right for your home, make sure that the units have high energy efficiency ratings. If the unit has high Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) numbers, you’ll get a product that has been rated high in energy efficiency. This translates to big savings on your utility bill and it will also make less of a negative impact on the environment.

Factor #3: Size
If you’re not sure what size air conditioning unit you need, our team at Specialty Heating & Cooling can help! Choosing the right size plays a key role in the overall temperature and comfort of your home. We are happy to come out and take a look at your home, determine what size would be best, and give you a quote on which units could work best for the layout.

Not sure where to begin? We can help! Our team is knowledgeable on what air conditioning units may be best for your home and your budget. There are also a variety of rebates and incentives happening in 2017, which makes it a great time to upgrade your system. Once you decide to get a new system installed, our team of installers will be out there and will typically have it all installed in just one day. That means you’ll have your new cooling system in place no matter what the spring and summer weather brings.


How Does Indoor Air Quality Effect Seasonal Allergies?

Springtime is almost here and that usually means that allergies and asthma will start in again for those that deal with it every year. Those that live with regular allergies know that it can be difficult to breathe, uncomfortable, and in the end, be a true physical drain. No matter how hard you try, irritants make their way into the air and allergies are inevitable. If you dust and clean your home and office regularly and limit your exposure to allergens that are known to bother you, but still struggle with allergy attacks, here’s how HVAC systems and air filters can work to help clean the air and rid it of potential allergens. The result: cleaner, more breathable air.

A new, energy efficient HVAC system can effectively filter and clean the air all day, which can make a big difference in the reduction of allergy symptoms. If your system doesn’t have an air purifying system in place already, there are air filters that can be added easily to most systems.

How do air purifiers help bolster indoor air quality?

Air purifiers use filters that rid the air of allergens and other pollutants, including mold spores, pollen, pet dander, and many more. In fact, some filters, such as the Infinity Air Purifier, can even capture and kill viruses and bacteria, which means you’ll stay healthier throughout the year. When you start researching air filtration systems, make sure they meet HEPA (high efficiency particulate absorption) standards. This means that the filters meet strict guidelines that filter both large and small particles that circulate through the air. HEPA filters offer cleaner, breathable air for your space.

If you don’t want to be sneezing or sniffling all spring, call us and ask us to introduce you to some air filtration systems that could work with your existing system. We also provide a variety of other indoor air quality solutions including duct cleaning, duct sealing with Aeroseal, and the outstanding Air Scrubber system that uses ActivePure™ technology that purifies the area through germicidal UV light. Proper ventilation and the ridding of harmful allergens is key to reducing your allergy symptoms this year. Want to know more? Give your respiratory system a break this year and contact our team at Specialty Heating & Cooling to help you find a system that will put you on track for a healthier, allergy-free life!