If you’ve been feeling that Bozmen summers are getting hotter, you would be correct! Temperatures have risen across the Treasure State by about 2° according to reports from the Department of Environmental Protection. With summer temperatures soaring, many Bozeman homeowners are looking for dependable home air conditioner installation to cope with the rising heat in their homes. An air conditioning system can help cool down the heat in your home, reduce your home’s humidity, and improve the air quality inside your house. If you’re looking for ways to cool the hot temperatures in your home, read on as we explain the many benefits of installing an air conditioner and how choosing the right one can make your house comfortable, cool, and a safe haven from the scorching summer heat.

Beating the Summer Heat: Benefits of Home Air Conditioner Installation

Air conditioning is no longer considered a luxury as it was several decades ago. With temperatures rising, it’s now becoming a necessity. Not having air conditioning in your home can affect your sleep quality, your home’s air quality, and can even pose health hazards such as dehydration and heat stroke. To stay cool during the dog days of summer, you need air conditioning that is tailored to your home’s specific cooling needs and designed for durability. If you don’t have central air conditioning, now is the best time to invest in it. AC installation saves up to 40% on your home’s cooling energy costs and can also help reduce the humidity in your home. But saving on costs isn’t the only benefit of air conditioning installation. Here are several more:

1. Promotes Indoor Air Quality:

Air conditioners are equipped with filtration systems that act as the first line of defense against pollutants within your home. They can filter out debris and clean the air within your home by trapping dust, pet dander, pollen, and more. Removing pollutants can reduce your risk of allergies and asthma attacks, making it more comfortable for you to breathe the air in your home. It’s a good rule of thumb to maintain and replace your air filters regularly. We recommend changing 1” filters every month and 4” filters every three months. If you need assistance changing your air filters, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of air conditioning professionals—we’re here to lend a hand with your HVAC needs!

2. Increases Your Home’s Property Value

Because an air conditioner can save you up to 40% on your home’s cooling and energy costs, installing a new air conditioner can add up to $3,000 to your home’s value. That’s money back in your pocket on the value of your property! Plus, prospective buyers will appreciate that an updated air conditioning system can save them on utility bills and future maintenance costs.

3. Improves Your Sleep & Well-Being:

Getting a good night’s rest is important. Cooler temperatures help signal to your body that it’s time to relax and gently fall asleep. When an air conditioner cools your home, it helps your body regulate its core temperature by making you feel more relaxed and comfortable. When you’re more comfortable, you’re able to fall asleep more easily and for longer periods of time. Studies have shown that a good night’s sleep helps improve your overall health and well-being. By using an air conditioner to create a cooler and more comfortable sleeping environment, you can get better quality sleep. This, in turn, helps to improve your overall mood and general health.

4. Air Conditioning is Energy Efficient

Choosing an energy-efficient air conditioner can help you save on your monthly energy bill in the long term. For example, energy-efficient air conditioners lower your energy use because they consume less energy, which leads to lower electricity bills. According to the Department of Energy, efficient air conditioners use “30 to 50% less energy” when compared to older models. Many air conditioner types are ENERGY STAR certified, which means they meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for using less energy. The SEER rating is also a measure of an air conditioner’s energy efficiency. The higher the SEER and ENERGY STAR rating, the better the energy efficiency.

Types of Air Conditioners: Choosing the Right One for Your Home

When choosing the best home air conditioner, there are a few factors that you’ll want to think about:

  • One is to know how much space you have that needs to be cooled. You’ll want to ensure you choose the correct air conditioner size for your home. If an air conditioner is too small, it will have to work twice as hard to cool an area. On the other hand, if an air conditioner is too big, it will cycle on and off too frequently which can reduce its efficiency.
  • Two, you’ll want to identify any hot or cold spots in your home. By identifying areas in your home that are particularly hot or cold, you can tailor your air conditioning installation to ensure it maintains a uniform temperature throughout your home.

Once you understand the factors that impact choosing an air conditioner, you’ll then be able to better identify the type of air conditioner your home may need. Air conditioner types can be broken down into two categories: stand-alone units and split-system units. Here’s how they work:

  • Stand-alone air conditioner units are one device. This device contains sets of metal coils used for cooling your home. One coil collects the heat from your home while the other coil dispels the heat outside. Depending on their size, these types of air conditioners can be portable, placed in a window, mounted on a wall, or placed on the floor. Portable air conditioners are inexpensive and can be easily moved around. Window units, because they have to be placed in a single location, are limited to cooling a single room. Wall or floor-mounted air conditioners, like window units, are good for cooling a single area or room.
  • Split-system air conditioners use two devices to cool your home. One device (usually smaller and quieter) is located in the home, and the other device (generally bigger and noisier) is located outside. The device inside the home contains a cooling metal coil that collects heat, while a coil located in the outside unit dispels it. A split-system can be a ductless air conditioner or a central air conditioner. Ductless is a great option for homes with no existing ductwork but need a more permanent air conditioning solution. Central air conditioners are best if you have a larger home and want to cool many rooms at once.

Air Conditioner Products

When selecting an air conditioner product that fits your home’s needs and budget, you have plenty of options to choose from. Just be sure that you’re taking into consideration an air conditioner’s comfort features, its energy efficiency, the price, its size, its quality, the noise it produces, and its warranty. Of the different types of air conditioning units available at Mountain Heating and Cooling, we offer Trane air conditioners, Mitsubishi ductless ACs, heat pumps, and central air conditioning units. Our certified Bozeman HVAC contractors will take all these air conditioner types and factors into consideration and expertly guide you through air conditioning installation for your home.

Heat Pumps: More than Air Conditioning

A heat pump is a heating and cooling system that redistributes warm or cold air from outside to inside your home (or inside to outside) using refrigerant, compression, expansion, and electricity to warm, cool, and maintain the temperature in your house. Heat pumps connect directly to your thermostat and work by transferring cool air in tandem with an air handler or furnace tied into ductwork or a fan coil mini split system. Rather than needing both an air conditioning unit and a furnace, choosing a heat pump means your home benefits from the simplicity (and cost savings) of an all-in-one system approach. Heat pumps are very energy-efficient. In ideal conditions, heat pumps will transfer up to 300% more energy than they consume.

Need Help Deciding the Right Air Conditioner Size for Your Home?

No matter which home air conditioner unit you invest in for your home, the most important decision you can make is hiring the right cooling contractor. A lot can go wrong in the hands of an inexperienced contractor. You want to ensure that your equipment is sized properly and matches your lifestyle and the size and shape of your home. If you want to benefit from home air conditioner installation done right, you’ve come to the right place. Reach out and schedule an appointment for an air conditioning consultation today!