As Calgarians know, while our winters might be cold and harsh, our summers are gloriously hot and sunny. While this is lovely for enjoying picnics in Prince's Island Park, floating leisurely down the Bow River, and soaking up rays during patio season, it also means your home can get very hot. And when you can't sleep at night because it's too warm, you need a quality air conditioner installation. Calgary homeowners can rely on the expert team at Air West Mechanical to get the job done professionally and efficiently.
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After a long cold winter, your last thought might be to get your current AC ready for the summer. Or perhaps you don’t have one in place but are considering a potential air conditioner installation. Calgary homes are equipped with high-efficiency HVAC systems, of which the furnace and ventilation system are of the highest importance. We may not be the hottest country in the world, but heatwaves, wildfires, and smoke are proof enough that it can get unbearably hot in the summer.
Even if it’s for a short period of time, Calgarians deserve the comfort and luxury of an air conditioner installation. Calgary homeowners who book us in for a consultation can rest assured that we’ll come prepared with a wide range of options. First, we’ll chat with you about your needs and preferences, as well as your energy usage and how much you’re looking to spend on the new air conditioning unit. We’re also happy to help you weigh out the pros and cons by looking at your monthly energy bills. This way, we’ll be able to determine which type would be the most worthwhile and energy efficient.
Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. They all operate differently, have different maintenance needs, and have varying operating costs. Then, there are also different levels of difficulty in terms of the ac installation process. Let’s examine them in more detail.
If you are looking for a new air conditioning installation in Calgary, it’s not always easy to know which type is best for you. Take a look at the following guide to learn a bit more about each kind. Over the years, our Calgary air conditioner installation service has handled a wide variety of installation services.
The most common way to cool your home, this system is integrated with your furnace. It includes an external condenser unit that expels heat outside your home. It also contains an evaporator coil that usually sits above your furnace. The fan within your furnace blows cool air from the evaporator coil throughout your home's duct work. If you already have existing ductwork, choosing a central air conditioner installation in Calgary is a convenient and cost-effective option. That’s especially true if you have a larger house (approximately 2,500 square feet or more). The advantage of a central AC installation is that you’ll benefit from consistent temperatures at home all year round. Although the furnace and AC combo is beneficial, it can also result in high energy costs and maintenance costs.
Unlike central air conditioning units, a ductless mini split does not use ductwork to cool your home. It works by installing an indoor unit that expels cool air and an outdoor unit that expels hot air. The condensate drain, refrigerant tubing, and power cable connect both heads and require regular maintenance, such as air filter cleaning.
Still, this is an eco-friendly HVAC system for older homes or condos that don't have ducts already installed. Depending on your space, you can include multiple ductless mini-split air conditioner installations. Calgary HVAC professionals can mount these units on the wall, floor, and even ceiling. Each mini-unit cools the room in which it's installed, so you can set different temperatures in each space.
As the name implies, portable air conditioning systems can be moved from room to room. Usually, the unit is placed on the floor inside a room. Heat is expelled through a window vent kit. Although the mobility of this system is an advantage, it's usually quite noisy because the evaporator fan has to work constantly to get rid of condensate that builds up within the machine. Besides taking up a lot of space, it can also use a lot of energy.
These AC systems are installed in an open window frame. They are not mobile and cool the room in which they are installed. A window AC installation takes warm interior air and cools it with an evaporator coil. The cool air is then blown back into your space with a fan. Rather than expelling moisture through an evaporator fan, the absorbed heat is transferred to a condenser coil and released outside. Any condensation drips onto the ground below.
Ultimately, the choice is yours, but we’re here to help answer your questions, so you can make an informed decision about what works best for you in terms of budget, energy efficiency, and comfort. Our team of technicians is here to provide excellent services to every Calgarian in need of improved livability at home. And that starts with maintaining consistent temperatures and clean air.
The expert team at Air West Mechanical has been in business for over 35 years, serving the local communities within Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.
Our highly trained HVAC service professionals are exceptional journeymen in the trade, specializing in heating and cooling, ventilation, refrigeration, and more. Our Calgary team is committed to their local community and delivers guaranteed workmanship and outstanding customer service at all times.
The reason we stand out from the competition is that we truly care about our customers’ safety and well-being. For that reason, we offer a 247 emergency service to anyone who falls victim to an HVAC emergency. No matter if it’s a furnace breakdown or a plumbing leak in the middle of the night, our expert service providers are awaiting your call.
At Air West Mechanical, we base our estimates on how long we anticipate the installation service will take. So, the installation cost will vary depending on the job’s scale. For example, opting for a central air conditioner installation, Calgary property owners must be prepared for a duct installation service (unless air ducts exist). On the other hand, a ductless split system requires our HVAC technician to drill holes and cut a hole in your wall. Therefore, labor costs greatly depend on the type of AC installation in question.
When you call our helpful customer service staff, we'll be able to give you a better idea of a cost breakdown. We always strive to be as transparent as possible and only provide customers with detailed cost estimates upon an in-depth consultation service.
Portable AC units are very simple to install and can be completed by most homeowners on their own—permitting you’re able to lift the heavy machine. Remember to always work in pairs during that type of AC installation.
However, for all other varieties of AC systems, we advise you to use a certified full-service company. Even if you're comfortable with electrical wiring, there are a lot of moving parts with each system. Furthermore, local building codes require specific HVAC services to be completed by licensed professionals. Otherwise, you could jeopardize your safety and also void your system’s warranty. It's very important to install it correctly and according to the code.
Please also keep in mind that you’ll need to acquire an electrical permit for an air conditioner installation. Calgary residents can rely on the experts at Air West Mechanical to help out with the permit application.
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. A SEER rating is based on a measurement of a cooling system’s efficiency. Federal energy regulations stipulate a minimum rating, but most modern options exceed minimum scores. The higher the rating is, the more efficient a unit is, which also means that you’ll save money on energy bills.
Typically, most central AC units last between 12 and 15 years. However, if you take good care of the system by investing in annual maintenance and cleaning appointments, it's possible that it will have a lifespan of 20 years. But do pay attention to performance changes because maximum efficiency is normally during the first ten years. As a rule of thumb, if your unit is more than ten years old, and you've already invested in frequent repairs over the last two years, it's likely more cost-effective to consider a new air conditioner installation. Calgary homeowners are invited to contact the pros at Air West Mechanical for a formal consultation.
That is a good question! We do have freezing winters to deal with for at least seven months of the year, making heating systems a priority above anything else. We don’t have a tropical climate where heating is optional but do keep in mind that summers are getting hotter in Alberta. So when thinking about an air conditioner installation, Calgary homeowners are advised to take note of the advantages. That’s especially true if you have an elderly family member who is extremely sensitive to heat and prone to heat-related health concerns. Their bodies struggle to adjust quickly to fluctuating temperatures; therefore, an AC installation could make a huge positive difference—even if you just opt for a split system air conditioner.
Calgary homes with AC units are considered a luxury, but still, AC units are not prevalent here. However, in 2013, less than 20% of Calgary homes had air conditioner installations. But by 2017, it has increased by 24%, which means it is becoming increasingly popular. As per Statscan’s 2017 statistics, over 60% of Canadian households are equipped with AC installations.
Although an AC installation does not contribute to improving the quality of indoor air like a purifier, it has a filter that traps pollutants and allergens. Furthermore, it moves air around, so it doesn’t become stale.
Are you ready to embrace the hot summer months with a new air conditioner installation? Calgary is in luck because the HVAC professionals at Air West Mechanical have a wide variety of systems to introduce to you!
Besides our excellent HVAC installations, we also assist with air conditioner repair and maintenance and offer a full range of heating and air quality services.
To book an appointment, we invite you to call our friendly customer service team at 1-833-655-1288. Ask any questions that you may have! We look forward to meeting you and helping with all your HVAC needs!