Approximately 5 air conditioners break down for every 1 furnace breakdown. This is because AC systems have a lot more moving parts and are under a lot more stress than furnaces. Also, air conditioning systems sit outside in the baking heat of summer and freezing cold of winter, experiencing the harshest elements nature can throw at them.
Today’s AC systems are under more stress than ever because of the new environmentally friendly refrigerants they contain. The good old freon-based units compressed the refrigerant to 150 pounds per square inch. Updated systems go as high as 600 pounds per square inch. To put that into perspective, your car tires are at 35-40 PSI and your plumbing is at 75 PSI.
A 5% over or under charge can lower a system’s efficiency by 25%. That’s equivalent to the difference between a builders’ grade system and a high-efficiency system. Have you purchased a high-efficiency system and not seen the expected savings?
Time and time again we are called to service a system that was improperly installed. Even the best installation companies make mistakes, and we know more today than we have ever known about proper system commissioning. Installation errors cause your system to not deliver its rated efficiency. It will cause more breakdowns and safety hazards.
Synergy Home offers several different levels of preventive maintenance, but if you are new to our company and have never used us before, we recommend the Synergy Home full system evaluation.
It’s a fact that heating systems on a regular preventative maintenance plan only experience breakdowns 2% as often as systems that do not have regular maintenance. Systems break down when they are under the most stress, which is also the worst possible time for a system failure. While we can tune up your heating system any time of year, early fall is optimum to help us keep you running through the winter.
Synergy Home offers several different levels of preventive maintenance. If you are new to our company and have never used us before we recommend The Synergy Home full system evaluation. Why? Time and time again we are called to service a system that was improperly installed, because even the best companies make mistakes and we know more today then we have ever know about proper system commissioning. Installation errors cause your system to not deliver its rated efficiency it will cause more breakdowns and ever premature death.
The Synergy Home full system evaluation includes:
Duct inspection for size, capacity and leakage. According to a University of Kentucky study the average home in Kentucky built before 2006 leaks 44% of its conditioned air to the attic or crawlspace. Today’s systems can not leak more than 10% by building code. Is your system up to code or are you wasting 35% of your conditioned air?
Inspect for mold inside the equipment and ductwork.
Inspect the filter system. At least half of the systems we see are not properly filtering your air. In fact, many are breathing straight from your attic or crawlspace.
Checking power consumption on all electrical components. This is much like your doctor checking your heart rate and blood pressure. It allows us to see if there is a greater issue that will cause problems down the road.
Thermostat calibration to make sure your controls are accurate. If you do not have a digital thermostat chances are you are 3 to 5 degrees off from where you think you are.
After the evaluation we will give you a full prognosis of your equipment along with any needed recommendations for improvement. The cost is $450 for the first system and $350 for each additional system.
Synergy Home proudly provides HVAC, Solar, Geothermal, Insulation and crawlspace encapsulation service to Lexington, Georgetown, Nicholasville, Versailles and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 859-687-0553, or request service online today.