Top Signs Your A/C Needs to be Replaced

Here in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut, the hottest days of summer are finally upon us. This means that many of us may be beginning to realize whether our current air conditioning systems are truly helping us beat the heat. If your home A/C isn’t doing its job this summer to keep you cool and comfortable, now is the time to make your move! FSi Oil & Propane is here to make the process of replacing your aging, inefficient A/C systems as simple as possible.

How to Know It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioning Equipment in MA & CT

Do you already have an A/C unit installed in your Western Massachusetts or Northern Connecticut home? Residents who have old A/C units are at a much greater risk for mid-season breakdowns, inefficient home cooling, and, worst of all, expensive summer energy bills. Luckily, a new A/C unit installed and properly maintained by the HVAC experts at FSi Oil & Propane can help you solve all these problems. Our new, efficient central and ductless A/C systems can help you have more comfort in the warmest months of the year, spend less on energy costs, and have greater peace of mind in every season. Is your air conditioner showing any of the following signs that it needs to be replaced?

  • Poor, inefficient cooling
  • Aging equipment
  • Risk of breakdowns
  • Requires frequent service calls
  • High summer energy bills

If you’re noticing any of the above signs, it’s probably time for an upgrade. However, there’s no need to worry when you count on FSi Oil & Propane for a new A/C upgrade this summer. Get in touch with us today for a FREE quote on your new A/C system installation or keep reading to learn about the top things you should consider before installing your new equipment.

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4 Top Considerations for Your New A/C Installation

There are so many benefits that you can experience when you install new, energy-efficient cooling equipment this summer with FSi Oil & Propane. For starters, you can say goodbye to feeling overly hot and uncomfortable in your indoor spaces during the warm weather. Second, you’ll start saving on energy bills each summer with highly efficient equipment. Plus, you will have greater peace of mind each year knowing that your home will stay cool and comfortable when summer rolls around. That said, there’s a lot to consider when installing new or upgrading your A/C equipment in Massachusetts or Connecticut. Check out our list below to learn the top four things you should think about before replacing your current air conditioning system.

The Best Type of A/C System for Your Space

The first thing you’ll want to do is decide on which type of air conditioning is best for your home. FSi Oil & Propane offers two types of air conditioning installations: ductless mini-split A/C/ heat pump systems and central A/C systems, and choosing which one depends on a variety of factors. For example, if your home has existing ductwork or is larger than 2,500 square feet, central air might be your best bet. On the other hand, if you want your cooling system to be as quiet as possible or are interested in room-by-room zoning control, a ductless A/C system may better fit your needs. Our expert technicians can walk you through the details of each choice and help you determine the best one for your home.

Your Desired Number of Zones

Properly zoning your home’s cooling system optimizes its efficiency. If your upstairs mostly consist of bedrooms, and those rooms are empty for the majority of the day, you may want the second floor of your home to be a separate zone from the downstairs; this would allow you to turn off the upstairs A/C during the day, so you’re not spending money to cool rooms no one is using. Give some thought to how you may want to section your home into zones. Knowing the level of temperature control you want will help the trained technicians at FSi Oil & Propane help you determine the A/C system best for your home.

Location of the Outdoor Condenser

Whether you end up going with central air or a ductless mini-split, you’ll need to find a location for an outdoor condenser. Start thinking about whether you have a preference for where this condenser will be placed. You’ll want it somewhere that doesn’t interfere with your daily routine. The fan in the A/C will hum when it is running, and while it isn’t super loud, you might not want that near your relaxing hammock setup or the deck where you enjoy visiting with friends and family. Additionally, a shady place is best, but if it’s near deciduous trees, that might slightly increase the maintenance the unit requires. This is because the leaves that deciduous trees drop can clog filters. Our A/C experts can help you decide on the best placement, and we will ensure all installations meet manufacturer guidelines and local regulations.

Placement of Ductless Units

If you have determined a ductless mini-split is the best option for your space, something you may want to consider is where you want to place the wall-mounted units inside your home. It’s important to place them somewhere they can equally distribute air throughout the space while also maintaining easy access for replacing the filter. In general, we recommend they are installed at least eight feet from the floor. Finding the right spot for your wall-mounted units is key for each unit to operate optimally.

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FSi Oil & Propane Will Help You Make the Right Decision for Your Space

The most important thing to remember is that you don’t need to have all the answers. That’s why our professional team at FSi Oil & Propane is here to consult with you every step of the way. Our installation technicians and experts will evaluate your space and let you know your options, answer your questions, and streamline the process. Contact us today if you’re ready to learn more about your cooling options, so you can stay comfortable this summer, or click here to become a new customer today.