AC Installation in Waukesha & Milwaukee
1st Choice Will Replace Your AC Today
From the age of the unit to frequent repairs, there are a few ways to tell that it’s time to consider replacing your air conditioner. When your system needs a replacement, 1st Choice Heating & Cooling will help you to determine what size unit will best cool your entire Waukesha area home.
How Do I Know I Need a New AC?
Your AC is 10 to 15 years old. If you have an older air conditioner it’s time to consider replacing it before a total breakdown leaves you without AC on the hottest day of the year. Another factor to consider is that if your system is more than a decade old it’s likely that even running at peak efficiency it’s not as efficient as the current AC models available. Older models have SEER ratings of 10 or less while newer models can have SEER ratings at a minimum of 13 and as high as 25. Just installing a new AC will automatically save you money on your monthly utility bills.
It’s hot outside and it’s hot inside. When the excess humidity outside starts to feel like it’s spilling inside and it’s like a hot shower has been left to run, there’s a good chance your system isn’t keeping up with the heat. An efficient system will properly regulate the humidity in the air. When your system is struggling, that humidity can increase — especially on days when it’s particularly humid outside.
Your bills are going up. If you’re seeing your bills increase while usage is staying the same, there’s a chance inefficiencies are catching up with your system. As we’ve said, newer units are more energy efficient than older ones and can reduce your energy usage up to 20 to 50 percent a year.
Your AC smells or sounds funny. A properly functioning AC shouldn’t make noises. Squeaking or squealing during operation is a good sign your system needs a visit from a technician and a possible replacement. Same goes for if your system has a strange musty or smoky smell. This could be a sign your system needs replacement.
The cost of your installation is determined by a number of factors, including the type of system you select, the SEER efficiency rating and whether or not you’re installing a zoned air conditioning system. On average, you can expect to pay roughly $5,700 for central air conditioning installation. It can, however, cost anything between $4,000 and $7,500.
As a general rule, an air conditioner requires 20 BTUs (British thermal units) for every square foot of living area. Other factors, such as ceiling height and the size of your windows and entrances, may necessitate extra cooling power. To get the size of your room, multiply the length by the breadth. Add the sizes of any rooms that aren't divided by doors, as the air conditioner will need to cool both. This will give you a rough idea of what size air conditioner you need, but you’ll get your most accurate estimate from a trained HVAC professional.
Absolutely! We offer many financing options from GreenSky, LLC to make it easy and convenient for you. GreenSky offers financing offers for approved consumers for 12 months same as cash, 0% for 6 months followed by 9.99% for 120 months, among others. So, feel free to click on our payment options page to see the best fit for your family.
What Kinds of AC Systems Are Available?
- Forced Air Split Systems: This air conditioning system makes use of a furnace to blow cooling throughout your home or business. This is one of the most common air conditioning systems in the Waukesha and Milwaukee area.
- Air Handlers: Much like the standard split system, these systems use an air handling unit to cool the air in your home. Air handlers are usually installed in homes with boilers.
- Hi-Velocity Systems: Unlike a standard air handler, high velocity systems, branded as Unico or SpacePak, make use of small (usually 3 or 4 inch) cooling supply ducts to distribute cool air throughout your home.
- Ductless Mini-Split Systems: Mini-Split Systems have the ability to cool and heat specific areas of your home or business or your entire home or business. Mini-split systems don’t use ductwork, making them a great option for homes with no existing ductwork and for heating and cooling home additions without having to tie them into your existing ductwork.
Installation With 1st Choice Today
1st Choice Heating & Cooling will evaluate your home and determine what model is best for your needs. To learn more about installation or to schedule a replacement, call 1st Choice at 262-547-2030 or contact us today.