Is My AC Too Small For My House?

The heat and humidity here in the greater Atlanta area aren’t slowing down yet. How well is your air conditioner performing?

A Bigger AC Isn’t Always Better

A bigger air conditioner is more powerful and does a better job of cooling your space, right?

Actually, an AC unit that’s too large will be less efficient at making your home comfortable and can cause various other issues.

How Your AC Affects Humidity

Apart from just cooling your home, your AC is supposed to reduce humidity. An air conditioning system that’s too large will cool your home too quickly to effectively reduce humidity, so your living space will stay sticky and uncomfortable.

With all this additional moisture in the air, your home might be prone to mold and mildew growth which will affect the health of you and your family. On top of indoor air quality concerns, having an air conditioner that’s too large can result in increased energy bills and greater wear and tear that ultimately reduces the longevity of your system.

Considerations for Choosing the Right Size Air Conditioner

For your air conditioner to keep you comfortable without the potential for additional issues, it needs to be right sized. So what factors need to be considered?

Efficiency Rating of Your AC

As air conditioners are becoming more energy efficient, they are also becoming more powerful. It’s necessary to take into account how efficient the system is before simply selecting the largest one possible.

How Big Is Your Home?

The same size system shouldn’t be installed in a home that’s 1,200 square feet if it’s really made for a space of about 4,000 square feet. Make sure you consider the size of your home when choosing an air conditioner.

Cooling Load Calculation

The rate at which an AC must remove heat to keep the humidity and temperature steady is known as the cooling load. Components of calculating the cooling load of your home include:

  • Occupants
  • Home appliances, equipment, and lights
  • Infiltration of hot outdoor air
  • System heat gains
  • Ventilation

Since every home has a different cooling load, a professional must first calculate the one specific to your space so that the right size air conditioner can be installed.

Getting the Right Size Air Conditioner with Help from Anchor

If you’re not sure about why your AC isn’t performing the way it should be — the sizing might be off. The team at Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning will be able to determine exactly what size system your Douglasville, GA area home needs and then expertly install it. We carry the best selection of Trane systems and will make sure you have the unit that is perfectly selected for your space!

Are you sure your AC is the right size for your home? Call (770) 942-2873 or contact us to make sure your air conditioner is the right fit!

Need to Replace Your AC? Here’s What to Look For

Summer will soon be coming to a close, and some homeowners are exceedingly grateful. Perhaps you’re one of the thousands of greater metro Atlanta homeowners who have noticed that their air conditioners just weren’t up to snuff this year. Maybe your electricity bills for the past few months have been through the roof, or your AC has been constantly running in an attempt to keep up with the summer heat. Regardless of what’s going on, now’s the perfect time to consider a replacement so that you’re prepared for next summer.

Looking to replace your AC? Here are a few things to take into consideration, all of which will help you choose the perfect unit for your home.

Factor #1: Sizing

If you’ve ever heard that you need to “right-size” an AC before installing it, you may be slightly confused about what this means. Some people assume that going with a larger unit will negate sizing issues, but this tends to lead only to wasted electricity. Instead, calculations involving the square footage of your home and the BTUs (British Thermal Units) of an AC must be taken into account to determine which air conditioner will work best to cool the entire living space.

Factor #2: Efficiency

One of the major benefits of installing a new air conditioner is the fact that today’s units are far more energy efficient than those from the past. Many homeowners are blown away by how much better a new unit tends to operate in comparison to what it replaced, which translates not only to a more comfortable home but reduced energy bills, too. Be sure to look for air conditioners that have high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, which indicate systems that are sure to save you money each month.

Factor #3: Cost

Cost is always a factor when it comes to purchasing new home cooling equipment, but it doesn’t have to dictate your end decision. Typical whole-home cooling systems tend to cost between $$5,000-$12,000, although it’s important to note that higher-end systems may be capable of saving you more money in the long run via reduced monthly energy costs. With your budget in mind, our team can help find a cooling system that will serve as the perfect option, taking any guesswork out of the equation.

Factor #4: Installation

One of the most important elements of purchasing a new AC is the installation process itself. Even the best cooling equipment will underperform if not properly installed, which is why it’s helpful to work with a professional contractor that has performed countless AC installs over the years. Whether you’re interested in central air or a heat pump, Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help.

Buying a new AC doesn’t have to be difficult, but you do need to know what to look for to make the right decisions.

Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Why Won’t My Air Conditioner Turn On?

Ah, summer. It’s the season where setting aside time to unwind is not only acceptable, but encouraged, and for many, this means basking in the AC while outside temperatures rise into the 90s and even higher. At least a handful of people will find their plans for relaxing in their cool, conditioned living rooms falling through this summer thanks to AC breakdown. It’s a veritable horror story, and if it occurs during a heatwave, the results can be dangerous.

Maybe you woke up this morning to find out that your air conditioner just won’t turn on— if not, maybe this fate looms right around the corner. Here are just a few reasons why an AC may be unresponsive, all of which point to the need for service.

Problem #1: Your Thermostat Needs Adjusting

This may seem like an obvious cause for the issue at hand, but it’s something that often goes overlooked. In combined systems, thermostats that are set to “heat” will never allow an AC to properly cool the home. Be sure that yours is set to “cool,” and if so, turn the temperature down 5-10 degrees to see if your unit will click on. If not, it’s time to look elsewhere.

Problem #2: Power Surge

It’s no secret that air conditioners can use up quite a bit of power on a monthly basis, and power surges are not unlikely to occur from time to time. This can cause the illusion that your AC just won’t turn on, which may not be the case. Be sure to check your main electrical panel for any tripped circuits—either a “fuse box” in an old home or a circuit panel in newer homes. Some air conditioners also come equipped with shutoff boxes, which can easily blow fuses and should be checked if your AC won’t turn on.

Problem #3: The Air Filter is Dirty

If you’re not sure when the last time you cleaned your AC’s air filter was, there’s a good chance that it’s in need of either cleaning or outright replacement. Look for the unit’s return vent filter where air gets pulled into the AC and check to see if it’s dirty. A simple change of the filter may be all that the doctor ordered to get your air conditioner back into shape.

Problem #4: The Condensate Line Requires Attention

Finally, you may want to take a closer look at your AC’s condensate line. Air conditioners create condensation as they operate normally, which exits the home from a drain line. If the line gets clogged, a safety switch can be tripped that shuts the AC down. A condensate drain pump or even a wet/dry vacuum may be able to clear the clog and get your AC back into working order.

Still can’t get your AC to turn on? The team at Anchor AC is here to help.

Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

Chill Out this Summer: Avoid Emergency AC Repair

From the Georgia shore to the Atlanta metro area, the Peach State is known for scorching summers where the temperature can reach triple digits. In the suburbs of Atlanta, air conditioning is a necessity when the season ramps up. While homeowners across the region have their air conditioners humming right now, many ignore typical warning signs of a faltering machine.

Maintenance is a key tenet for avoiding emergency air conditioner repair. It’s the motivation behind our EZ-Pay Program, meant to save our clients money by making AC maintenance a year-round priority. There are several “worst-case scenarios” with faulty air conditioning. Below we have a few examples:

Threats to Family Health

As spouses, parents, and even dog owners, we put a premium on the health and safety of our loved ones. What escapes many people’s minds is that our home appliances can be hazardous to our health when they aren’t maintained properly. This includes your home’s central air conditioner or heat pump, which requires consistent professional maintenance. Leaky ductwork can draw in dangerous pollutants, and can also be a breeding ground for scary pathogens. Beyond these medical threats, faulty wiring on your can catalyze electrical issues and start a fire.

High-Cost Fixes

Regular air conditioner maintenance can give you peace of mind knowing you’ll be able to keep cool when you need it most. Regular upkeep can also help you avoid an emergency repair which can be expensive and may even require the full replacement of your AC system. Few things could be worse than a sudden malfunction in your air conditioner smack in the middle of an Atlanta heatwave. If you don’t regularly maintain your AC, it’s likely lifespan is shortened. That’s why our EZ-Pay Program could yield impressive long-term savings for your family.

Unseemly Energy Bills

It makes sense that avoiding regular upkeep for your air conditioner could cost you big when it has a breakdown. But did you know that avoiding regular maintenance could also lead to sky-high energy bills? Everyone wants to save money when it comes to their home cooling bill, but many homeowners across Georgia are overpaying because their systems are dirty and clogged. Debris in your air conditioner forces your system to work harder to maintain the cooling temperature you’ve set. Regular maintenance can prevent this problem, helping you save and stay more comfortable.

Avoid Emergency Repairs with the team at Anchor!

Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning is Here to Help

With summer in full swing, we want to help you avoid the air conditioning crisis points mentioned above. Our EZ-Pay Program is an easy way to stay cool and maintain your air conditioner this summer.

Want to make sure your air conditioner is up to grade this summer? Schedule maintenance today! Contact us or call (770) 942-2873.

What to do When You Can’t Take the Heat — Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

The sizzle of summer is underway in the greater Atlanta metro area. In homes across the region, from the picturesque southern suburbs of Peachtree City in Fayette County, stretching towards the outer towns of Carroll County like Villa Rica, the mercury is rising. It’s the time of year when many families start to crank up their air conditioning.

That said, some may be in for a rude awakening when their AC system seems a bit fidgety and they have to decide what makes more sense, to repair it, or to replace the system whole. Here are a couple questions to ask yourself as you aim to save money and stay cool this summer:

Question One: How old is your central AC?

When it comes to the bigger purchases in life, people expect a certain degree of longevity. A parent may watch as their family minivan ages alongside their children, and there may be a sense of nostalgia when the time comes to trade it out.

When it comes to an air conditioner, another big-ticket purchase, age should also play a meaningful role in what you should expect your system to deliver. The rule of thumb for central air conditioning is easy to remember: a solid system should last a decade. Not only is this decade rule important because older systems are less efficient, but because over the course of ten years, the new systems offered can greatly outpace those from previous years. For example, the sleek and modern systems from Trane are among the most energy efficient on the market today.

Question Two: Is your air conditioner performing up to snuff?

Owners of a central air conditioning system can use the age of their system as a basic benchmark for its expected efficiency. That said, performance doesn’t always flow with the years like one expects it to. Unfortunately, an AC that is sputtering along often goes untouched and eventually breaks down. Given how hot the summers in Georgia are, that can be a problem. If your system’s performance has depreciated beyond repair, it may be time to finally consider a replacement.  

Question Three: How much would repairing your AC cost?

As your air conditioner starts to age, and its performance enters its twilight, a final question comes into play: just how much is this going to cost? It’s not always an easy question to answer, and it requires an honest quote from a trusted name in the HVAC industry. That said, if your mind is set on going the repairs route, just know this, the next fix will probably come sooner than the first did. The marginal costs of repairing a broken AC can add up, and this is something to be wary of. Believe it or not, the cost friendly answer to a broken AC is often replacing it and installing a new system.

At Anchor Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re proud of the air conditioning units we offer. Exclusively supplying Trane systems, we’re confident in their products, as well as, our time-tested installation of systems that far exceed expectations. So if you’re starting to feel the heat, it’s time to consider calling in our expert team!

Questions? Anchor Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help. Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 to learn more and to get a quote for replacement or repair.