Air Conditioning in Kelowna
Anyone that has spent some time in the Okanagan over the summer months knows how important a functioning Air Conditioner is. We service, repair and install both commercial and residential cooling systems to keep your home or office comfortable even in the heat of July.
How much does it cost to install an Air Conditioner?
The cost to install central air conditioning, including the unit, ranges from around $4,300 to $12,000+. The price to install a central air conditioner varies because there are different sizes of units, different levels of efficiency available (SEER Ratings) and units with quieter or communicating features. There may be an additional cost to install an Electrical Disconnect on the outside of your home if you do not already have a central Air Conditioner.
Older Air Conditioner units are usually 8-10 SEER so the approximate cost savings of upgrading your equipment is:
13 SEER vs 10 SEER - Saves approx. 23 cents/dollar
17 SEER vs 10 SEER - Saves approx. 41 cents/dollar
13 SEER Phase out, January 1st, 2023.
After January 1, 2023 Manufacturers are no longer producing 13 SEER equipment. What has already been imported into Canada can be installed, but once that inventory is gone the new regulations from the Department of Energy (US) and the Government of Canada have raised the minimum efficiency for air conditioners from 13.0 to 14.0 SEER.
What does that mean for you?
Do you have to replace your older Air Conditioner?
The short answer is: No. It is not mandatory that you replace an older unit, as the old saying goes "If it's not broken, don't fix it." But if your Air Conditioner is not working properly replacement should be considered because now that 13 SEER Air Conditioners will not be manufactured, replacement next year will be a higher SEER which means a higher expense.
What is a good SEER rating for an Air Conditioner?
SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is the maximum efficiency rating, which is calculated over the span of the entire cooling season. The minimum standard SEER for an air conditioner is currently 13 (phasing to 14 in 2024), mid-range rating: 16/17 and premium units: 20/23. This rating is a maximum available under ideal conditions, the current ductwork, age of the furnace, size of your home and other variables can effect the overall efficiency of the system.
An average central AC/heating system lasts anywhere between 10 - 15+ years.
The better it is taken care of the longer it will last. Regular tune-ups/servicing make a big difference in the lifespan of your heating and cooling equipment. Often homeowners decide to replace their mechanical equipment after about 10 years for new, more efficient models. In the long-run, replacing the system every 10 or so years is more economical in terms of maintenance fees and high energy bills.
Annual Air Conditioner Maintenance. What's Included?
An annual tune-up keeps your air conditioning system in good working order. It includes:
Inspection of coolant levels, pressure, and temperature drop. Inspection and cleaning of the condenser and condensate drain (if applicable). Inspection of the outdoor disconnect, condenser fan motor, bearings & blades and inspection of the furnace fan for proper air flow. Annual AC Maintenance can be booked online, or by calling our office at 778-821-2665.
The Air Conditioner is not working!
Having problems with your Air conditioner not turning on or worse, its turning on but blowing warm air is a frustrating situation.
There are a few things you can check yourself before calling a technician, have a look at the Air Conditioner Troubleshooting Checklist.
Units can be mounted high on a wall, on the floor or as a ceiling cassette and do not require ductwork, which increases energy efficiency. These systems come in a variety of sizes and can be used as single zone or multi-zone systems.
The majority of homes in the Okanagan Valley rely on a forced air ducted system with a central furnace to provide the heat for their homes.
We service, maintain and install furnaces that use both natural gas and propane.
These units use electricity and ductwork to distribute cool air throughout your home. A heat pump absorbs ambient heat from inside air and moves it outside, providing air conditioning. During the winter months, the system reverses and removes the heat from outdoors, and moves it inside.