Spring is officially here! Although it means we have a few months before the weather starts to get hot, it’s the perfect time to get your home or business ready for the coming heat. With low demand and shorter installation wait times, now is the absolute best time to get on our schedule for a ductless installation in northwest Washington. Here’s why spring is the best time to get a new ductless system installed, and how you can tell if your existing cooling system is in need of replacement.
The Early Bird Gets the Worm When It Comes to Ductless Installation
The ‘off-season’ for the heating and cooling industry tends to run from around March to May. It’s the time of year when the outdoor temperature is quite mild, and when most home heating and cooling systems are shut off for a few weeks. This golden, ‘leave-the-windows-open-all-day’ era is the prime opportunity to get a new ductless system installed.
During these spring months, air conditioning is typically at the back of homeowners’ minds. Because of the decrease in demand for heating/cooling maintenance, the average heating and cooling company is a bit slower. The slower months provide prepared homeowners with a wide range of scheduling options and more availability to work on bigger projects (such as ductless installations).
So keep in mind that when it comes to upgrading your cooling system, the early bird gets the worm. Once the heat of summer rolls in and people begin to turn on their cooling systems, those units that were on the fritz start to break down and the average heating and cooling company starts to book up quickly.
If you’re considering getting a ductless system installed in your home or business, spring is the best time to do so.
How Can I Tell If My System Needs an Upgrade?
To avoid the summer rush, stay away from emergency replacement costs and hassles, and keep ahead of your current system biting the dust, it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for signs your existing system needs to be replaced.
Some common signs include:
- If your existing system is past life expectancy.
Most central air conditioning systems run well and efficiently for about ten years. After that, they begin to lose steam. If you’ve had your central AC for over ten years, you’ll find big energy savings by switching to a new model, or even more energy savings by switching to a whole-home ductless heating and cooling system.
- If your existing system has frequent breakdowns.
Regular maintenance of a cooling system is common, but if you find yourself calling your repair technician multiple times a year, you should consider replacing it. If you don’t, chances are you might end up spending more in repairs and energy costs than it’s worth.
- If your existing system still uses outdated refrigerant.
Most central ACs use either R-410A (Puron), or R-22 (Freon). In 2010, freon was discontinued as part of an initiative to phase out ozone-layer-damaging substances. And, since 2020, freon is no longer being imported or produced. If your cooling system uses freon, repairs and parts will be more difficult to come by. Now is a good time to upgrade to a more environmentally friendly option, such as the Daikin ATMOSPHERA.
- If your energy bills have started to skyrocket over the past year.
Skyrocketing energy usage is a major sign that your heating and cooling system isn’t as efficient as it once was. Older systems have to work harder to produce the same amount of cooling or heating.
Get A Free Estimate
You might not have realized it, but Spring is the best time to get a ductless mini-split installed. We at Alpine Ductless can help you decide the best system for your home or business. Give us a call at (360) 615-2803 or request a free estimate and we’ll get you ready for a cool, hassle-free summer.