Enhancing Your Unit’s Lifespan
Maintenance can help your air conditioning unit last longer, and a lot of the tasks can be done by you with a little patience and a good guide. With good upkeep, your unit should last 15 to 20 years. When it’s being installed, ask your technician to go through a few basic methods to care for your unit. Here are a few tips that you can follow:
Rinse away dirt and any particles trapped on the outside by hosing it down at the start and end of each summer season.
Keep the area around your unit clean and free of overgrowth, so that air can circulate properly without getting trapped by grass and plants.
Clean the air filter before and after summer.
Check your indoor register vents to make sure nothing is blocking them and clean what you can to ensure air flows freely into your home.
Empty the drain pan of your air conditioning unit (refer to your owner’s manual) so that rust doesn’t form, algae don’t grow, and there is no water left to freeze over the winter season.
If you typically have outdoor summer parties, you’ll want to consider the noise that your air conditioning unit makes. A quieter unit is often more expensive and powerful, which often isn’t all that necessary for a mild Guelph summer. Your unit will likely not be running chronically throughout the day, and rather only coming on during relevant times when your home becomes hotter than the environment that you’d like.
Features that reduce noise associated with the air conditioning unit are variable-speed blower fans, noise-reducing fan blades and compression insulation. Variable-speed blower fans use the speed necessary to cool your home, and often will not run at 100% speed unless there’s a heatwave. The shape of the fan blades can also impact noise, and a lot of companies have a type of swept-wing blade that is aerodynamic and noise-reducing. Finally, looking into a unit that has a type of compression insulation, typically a blanketing of some sort, can reduce the noise by simply muffling it.
Typical units that are in the Canadian HVAC market are around the 50-60 dB range, which is about the sound of normal conversation. Keeping that in mind, you can shop for a unit that is below that or around that, knowing that your unit won’t be so loud to interrupt a conversation.
Sometimes your HVAC installer may have rebates from the manufacturer for selling and installing your unit, so it’s a good idea to ask if any current offers are open to you. Your distributor can help you fill out the required forms to receive the rebates that you’re qualified for.
The Ontario government also has a rebate program that applies to residents who upgrade an old, less efficient air conditioning unit to an ENERGY STAR model that is high-efficiency. You can get $400 back to offset the cost of purchasing your new unit. Remember that you’re going to get automatic savings simply because your unit will be using less energy and lowering your bills as well.
Guelph is one of Canada’s first planned towns, and has a population of 120,000 and has a very European flair. With a low crime rate and a pristine environment, it is a lovely place to live and grow. It also has one of the lowest rates of unemployment. The climate is warm and humid, so a moderately-powered air conditioner with a good dehumidifier should get Guelph residents through a hot summer. There are a lot of natural attractions in Guelph that draw people who love the outdoors.