When the time arrives to replace an aging, ailing air conditioner, the basic option you have is to install another central AC similar to the first, although it will probably have higher efficiency and better options. This is a fine route for most homes, and there are numerous excellent central air conditioning systems available today.

However, the standard AC isn’t the only choice you have. You can choose a different kind of cooling system, and in cases where you are moving into a new home or building your own, one of these choices below might make for a superior option for home cooling.

For help with locating the right air conditioning replacement in Houston, TX, call the professionals at Expert Air Co and take advantage of our 40 years of experience.

Here are alternative AC system choices to consider

  • Heat pumps: Heat pumps are not much different from central air conditioners in the way they operate. They use separate indoor and outdoor units that circulate refrigerant to move heat from the indoor air and place it in the outdoors. However, heat pumps can also reverse this process and bring warm air into a house, working as an effective heater. Heat pumps work as well in cooling mode as any standard air conditioner of comparable size, so you won’t lose any summer comfort when you switch over to the dual-function of a heat pump.
  • Ductless mini splits: These systems are heat pumps that do not require a ventilation network. Instead of using a central indoor cabinet to distribute cooled air, ductless mini splits use a series of separate blower units mounted in different rooms that send the cooled (or heated) air directly into the house. Ductless systems are superb options for new construction, remodeling, add-ons, and historic homes without the room for ductwork. They also lower energy loss through ducts and raise indoor air quality.
  • Geothermal systems: This is yet another type of heat pump, except that instead of using the air as its source for heat exchange, it uses loops of refrigerant buried in the ground 6 feet or deeper beneath the frost line. The stable temperature at that depth means that the heat pump will work efficiently no matter how hot or cold it gets above ground. Geothermal systems save money and the loops in the ground can last more the 50 years, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy the energy savings from their efficient operation.

Not all of these systems will work for every home. Geothermal systems, for example, must have the right amount of space and temperature conditions, and standard heat pumps can have efficiency troubles in extreme cold weather. To find out which of these systems is the best one for your air conditioning replacement in Houston, TX, look to our team at Expert Air Co. We will survey your house and property to determine the best way to keep it cool, whether it’s a standard central AC or new technology.

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Your air conditioning and forced-air heating systems come equipped with air filters. These filters catch particles that enter the return air vents and prevent them from infiltrating the cabinet where they can damage important mechanical components. These filters will stop some of these particles from getting blown out the vents along with the conditioned air and into your living spaces.

However, these filters are not specifically designed to clean the air, just to protect the HVAC system. For practical indoor air quality purposes, the standard filters on air conditioners and heaters are ineffective. If you want increased air cleaning for your home, you need to consider installing mechanical or electronic air filters.

Knowing which of the various types of air filters in Houston, TX will work best for your home requires that you seek the help of indoor air quality specialists. Contact Expert Air Co and we can help you find the best solution to improving your indoor air quality with the assistance of professional installation of air filters.

Reasons to install air filters

  • Better health: The ventilation systems in homes gather large amounts of dust, dirt, carpet and furniture fibers, dander, and other contamination as they circulate air. Because modern homes have heavy heat sealing to enhance energy efficiency, very little fresh air gets inside to clean out this accumulation. The right filter will go a long way toward catching most contamination that flows through the ductwork. Mechanical filters can trap particles down to 0.3 microns, while electronic air filters can affect particles down to 0.1 microns and also stop gases and odor molecules.
  • HVAC system efficiency: A constant influx of dust and dirt into the ventilation system will place resistance against the airflow from an air conditioner or forced-air heater. This will make the AC or heater work harder and lead to an increase in your utility bills. Keeping the air cleaned with a filter will make your home comfort system’s job easier. (Just make certain you have the filters maintained regularly and cleaned to remove excess particles.)
  • A cleaner home: The average 6-room house will have 40 lbs. of dust circulate through it in a year… that’s a tremendous amount of dusting you’ll need to take care of to keep your home looking clean. If you have continual problems from dirt and dust in your home that no amount of cleaning seems to remedy, then you should consider an air filter. (You don’t want to be breathing these pollutants, either!)

For a selection of excellent air filters in Houston, TX, look to Expert Air Co. We have assisted homeowners and businesses for over 40 years with indoor air quality services, as well as HVAC system installation, repair, and maintenance.

For the assistance selecting and installing the right air filters for your home, put the team at Expert Air Co. to work for you. Call us today!

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