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So, how can you tell if your Air Conditioner needs a repair? Or maybe yet, a replacement. Its April and you are ramping up the use of your trusty AC, however, you are noticing something about it that is needing your attention. You may have come to realize that over the years your AC has already been through several repairs and remarkably, it's still going. The thing is, you might already need to replace it. Here are 5 common signs that you may have to get yourself a new air conditioner: 1. It No longer Cools the Room the Way it Should One of the most telling signs of an AC that is past its prime is that after several repairs, it just is no longer consistent when cooling your room. When you first turn it on, it just blows warm air, and then it takes more than a few minutes to come up with cool air. Even then, it is not as cool as it used to be. For some, it might just be a case of blockage in the duct or maybe a thermostat that needs to be replaced. But if it is something that is regularly occurring then it might be time to replace your AC. 2. It’s Making Some Strange Noises that Doesn't Go Away with Use Grinding, loud squeaking, rattling, and sometimes a little bit of sporadic banging from wherever inside your unit could be signs that wear and tear has already had its way with your AC. A normal operating AC of considerable quality would barely make noise when it runs. But if your unit is getting too loud and is unusually troublesome because of the racket, and, you just had it repaired the previous month. It might do you good to have it replaced eventually. 3. Strange Smells Coming from Your AC An AC that works well should be able to blow cold, crisp, and odorless air from its vent. However, if you smell something strange like a burning or a musty, moldy smell that doesn't go away, it's about time to check your local dealer for a new unit. In fact, something burning could even be an emergency as it needs to be checked immediately. 4. Moisture Build Up One of the conveniences of having an air conditioner is its ability to control humidity, if not eliminate it. This is so that you can enjoy a cool and dry environment where you don't feel sweaty or clammy. An air conditioner that is no longer working properly starts to accumulate moisture right on the unit itself. It sometimes drips out in drops of water, or you might see the front panel "perspiring". Worst case scenario, your unit is already leaking water right inside your room. Fogging windows and moisture in the ducts and vents are also signs of your evaporator coil that is no longer working properly. Mold and mildew can result from these situations and could cause health problems later on. 5. Your HVAC System is Already Old and Needs to Replaced All appliances have their own life expectancy as to when they are able to deliver optimal service right before they expire. In the case of your HVAC system, it should be useful inside of 10 years or more. Naturally, if your air conditioner is already more than 10 years old, even with proper maintenance it will definitely show some signs of aging that could be a combination of any of the first 4 signs discussed above. Anyhow, an older air conditioner even though it may seem okay may already be outdated or obsolete unless it has a lifetime warranty. You could be running higher bills in terms of energy consumption, more than how much you will be paying for a brand new, more energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly unit. The use of Freon (refrigerant) in older ACs has already been phased out, due to its effects on the ozone layer. It was replaced by R-410A (in newer models) which doesn't damage the ozone layer. An air conditioner that still uses freon is already subject to replacement. That goes for older units 10 years and above. The Benefits of Replacing Your Air Conditioner Better Performance No more problems with humidity and irregular cooling patterns. A new unit will deliver consistent cooling power which will keep you comfortable for as long as need it. Savings from Repair Costs If you find yourself paying more in repair costs that are accumulated versus purchasing a new AC, it would make a lot of economic sense to replace it instead. Better Energy Efficiency Newer models mean better technology which then translates to energy savings, all the way to money savings.
Planning to buy a new air conditioner for your home? Read this before making an informed decision! We love when our clients know why we choose and customize each homes air conditioning unit based upon their needs and size of their home. Purchasing an air conditioner unit is a great investment. You need to keep in mind certain factors such as the type of AC unit, your home requirements, comfort level, price, etc. while buying it. If you don't pay attention to these factors, you may end up spending your hard-earned money on the wrong product. That's why it is very important to understand the whole process before making a purchase. To help you with it, we are sharing 7 questions you should ask yourself when buying a new AC unit for your home. What Should Be The Size Of The Air Conditioner? Once you hire Semper Solaris, our experienced air conditioning crew will carry out Manual J load calculation. It is an HVAC industry standard method of calculating the size of the AC unit you need by considering certain factors such as the size of your home, orientation, layout, number of windows, size of windows, shade around your home etc. After determining these factors, our expert air conditioning technicians will provide you with the required AC size for your home. At Semper Solaris, we don't simply replace the old AC with the new one with the same capacity. What Is The Efficiency Level Of A New AC Unit? If you're living with an old air conditioner, you must have already known that its efficiency degrades over time. Although new systems are maintained regularly, they can't keep up their efficiency for a longer time. So, a good idea is to invest in a good-quality and energy-efficient Air Conditioner. Always look for an Energy Star Label of the product you're purchasing. This signifies that the AC meets the minimum energy requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). What New Technology Should I Go For? Apart from the efficiency of the system, you should also look for the latest technology. Nowadays, a majority of ACs come with new technologies that make your air conditioning experience comfortable and also save money. When you buy an AC unit, look for the features like variable speed motors. This feature is very helpful in saving power and your electricity bills. What Is The Timeline For Installation? If you're buying an air conditioner to replace a broken or malfunctioning unit, you'll need to get a new system as soon as possible. This is extreme if it's a hot scorching summer. Most of the time, air conditioner installation is a time consuming process. It can easily take more than a day to install the system as it involves plumbing, electrical and ductwork coordination. Naturally, if the system is larger, it will require more time to install and may require several days to complete the process. At Semper Solaris, we provide you with the exact installation time for a new system or an air conditioner replacement. Who Will Perform The Installation? Installing an air conditioner is not something you can do on your own. It requires well-trained and certified professionals. All the air conditioning technicians at Semper Solaris are NATE-certified, which means they have passed the professionals tests and have a good amount of practical experience in the industry. Should I Purchase Additional Air Quality Components? The good news is, many technologically advanced air conditioning systems are able to perform several jobs all at once. They not only keep your home cool but also improves the air quality and regulates the humidity level. However, if your home is prone to airborne pollutants and leaks, you can add an indoor air quality component for improving the air quality. At Semper Solaris, we offer a wide range of ACs with new technologies. Not only that, we offer a broad range of air quality components such as air cleaners, dehumidifiers, UV lamps and ventilators. What Is The Estimated Cost For An AC Installation? We understand that you want to know what you're investing in and how much you're going to spend. Cost is one of the most important deciding factors when it comes to purchasing equipment. But the cost of installing an AC unit varies depending on certain factors like the size of your system, home cooling requirements, additional air quality components, other accessories etc. When you work with our air conditioning company, our expert technicians will provide you a reliable installation estimate so that you can plan further.
From businesses to homes, solar panel technology is used in numerous settings and industries. Beyond our planet, NASA uses solar panels on its satellites. These solar panels are produced by the same manufacturers that we at Semper Solaris use for our solar panel installations! Semper Solaris installs the finest solar panels on all of our installations We’re proud to be the recipient of multiple national solar power dealer awards. We choose only the best solar panels for good reason. If you’ve ever worried about the durability, efficiency, and effectiveness of solar panels, then you haven’t seen them in action. NASA’s Uses for Solar Panels NASA has used solar panels to explore the ice caps of Greenland, test the solar power capabilities of unmanned vehicles (crafted to explore distant planets like Mars), and create new possibilities for solar-powered aircraft. NASA used solar panels for a project in May 2013, GROVER (Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research). Also known as the “Greenland Rover,” GROVER was operated entirely by solar energy. It received GPS coordinates from operators in Idaho, about 3,000 miles away from its location at the highest point of Greenland. Roughly 800 pounds, it was equipped with American-designed solar panels.GROVER was used to gather data in environments that would have been difficult or impossible for humans to work in. It used advanced radar technology to scan the depths of the ice and gather information. In the ice caps of Greenland, GROVER’s solar panels endured 30 mph winds and frigid temperatures as low as -22°F. Yet, for its five-week trial run, GROVER gathered its data, sustained by the ever-durable American-designed solar panels. GROVER wasn’t the only time NASA relied on American-designed solar panels. Not surprisingly, NASA experimented with drones (then called “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” or UAVs) long before they became available and popular in today’s market. One of these UAVs was named the Pathfinder Plus, and it was remotely piloted and powered by American-designed solar cells. In 1998, Pathfinder Plus set an altitude record: 80,201 feet. Many commercial airlines don’t fly far above 36,000 feet, which is less than half of the record for this unmanned aircraft! Another project culminated in 1999 when NASA worked together with Helios, a second-generation high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) project, using similar unmanned vehicles. The panels were re-engineered into customized solar cells for Helios in order to create solar cells that would be able to survive the high air pressure of high altitudes and still create enough energy. These cells were also engineered to be as light as possible and to capture any and all scraps of light, even specifically light reflected off of clouds. In 2001, these new cells were efficient enough to enable Helios to set a new world record of over 96,000 feet. Efficient, American-Designed Solar Panels If solar panels designed in the US are the best option for NASA, they can be the best for your home or business. They’re efficient enough to capture light that reflects off of clouds and durable enough to withstand Greenland’s ice caps. Chances are, they’ll last long and work well on any sunny California rooftop!