If a ceiling fan (which we also install!) isn’t cutting through the heat for you, it may be time to bring in the big guns and get some proper air conditioning. Your local HVAC contractor can help you out with the bulk of the install. If you don’t already know one, ask us for some of our recommendations. But don’t forget you’ll need a good local Penticton electrician to help out too!
If all of the jargon out there about heat pumps and air conditioners has got you confused, you’re not alone. Without getting technical, an air conditioner simply pulls heat out of your house and disposes of it outside. Air conditioners are typically more economical to install and maintain, but are less efficient and have higher electricity costs. Heat pumps do the same thing however, in the colder months can run in reverse and actually put heat back inside the home saving on your heating bill. Heat pumps have a higher upfront cost, but are more energy efficient in the long run.
Generally speaking, if you had cooling before, the existing thermostat may still work. However, in many cases it will need to be upgraded as well.
If you previously never had cooling, then almost certainly you will have to upgrade the controls…but that’s not a bad thing! Modern digital thermostatic control systems have come a long way from the old “set it and forget it” dial on the wall your parents had. They offer precise control, adding both comfort and energy savings to your home, sometimes up to 15%. Smart home thermostatic control systems are becoming more commonplace, and, when coupled with other smart home systems, such as security and lighting, can offer energy savings of as much as 30%!