Here is a list of some frequently asked heating and cooling questions that may help you. Feel free to give us a call and talk to our comfort specialist if you have any questions.
What is a Split System Air Conditioner?
A split system air conditioner is the most common central cooling system. The split system air conditioner includes an outdoor cabinet containing a condenser coil and compressor, and an indoor evaporator coil, usually installed in conjunction with your furnace or air handler.
How The Split System Air Conditioner Works
The split system air conditioner will take warm air inside your home and make it cool by blowing the warm air across the indoor evaporator coil, its heat energy transfers to the refrigerant inside the coil. That transfer, in turn, “cools” the air. The refrigerant is pumped back to the compressor where the cycle begins again. The heat absorbed by the refrigerant is moved outside your home while cooled air is blown inside. Moisture that contributes to humidity is also condensed out of the air. Your cooling system is usually combined with your central heating system because they share the same ductwork for distributing conditioned air throughout your home.
What is Central Heating?
Central heating systems have a primary heating appliance, such as a furnace, typically located in your attic, closet or garage. All furnaces consist of four main components: 1) burners that deliver and burn fuel, 2) heat exchangers, 3) a blower and 4) a flue that acts as an exhaust for gaseous by-products. Depending on your situation, region and needs, you can choose from heating systems running on either gas or oil as fuel, or a hybrid packaged system that can use both fuel types.
How Central Heating Works
Combustion gases are generated by the burners in your furnace and passed through a heat exchanger. Air from your home blows across the heat exchanger to be warmed. It is then blown through a system of ducts to distribute around your home. During warm seasons your heating system works with your central air conditioning. Air is cooled as it’s blown over your air conditioning unit’s cooling coil, often attached to the air circulating fan of the furnace, and then sent through the same air ducts throughout your home.
When Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?
The bullets below may help with your decision:
- Old air conditioning equipment becomes expensive to repair and offers no guarantee that additional problems are not close behind.
- If you plan on moving soon, you may not get your investment price from a replacement air conditioning unit when you sell.
- A replacement that involves other trades may be cost prohibitive. In rare situations, a new air conditioning system can require significant remodeling.
- The system has been trouble free thus far and looks to be mechanically sound still.
- If the equipment has reached 15 years old be careful not to throw good money after bad with repairs. The average life span of an air conditioning unit in California is 15 to 20 years.
- If the system is older than 12 years, major improvements in efficiency could be saving you BIG money. Super efficient, modern equipment can save $1,000 or more per year.
- If you are not comfortable. Today’s modern air conditioning comfort systems can virtually eliminate hot and cold areas, high and low humidity, bad air quality, high utility bills, noisy indoor and outdoor equipment, and much more.
- If your system does not have variable air flow. Variable air flow is the key to comfort. New systems keep the air moving, adding to comfort and helping save money.
- If you are concerned about break downs. When an old system fails under the intense summer heat, a replacement air conditioner can easily be a week to 10 days away
- If family members have allergies, asthma or other air quality health concerns. Indoor air quality can be improved throughout the whole house by 100 times with today’s high tech IAQ technology and air conditioning products.
Why is it Important to Have a Service Agreement?
Having a service agreement and keeping up with maintenance on your equipment, will ensure:
- Lower Utility Bills
- Extended Equipment Life
- Fewer Repairs
- Improved Capacity
- Priority Customer Status
What Size System Should I Install?
The right size system is paramount in your home. Too large and your system will short cycle and not control humidity correctly. Too small and it will run continuously. We always execute a computerized load calculation. Please contact us for your free analysis today. We will be happy to configure just the right system for your needs.
Is a Bigger Furnace or Heat Pump Better?
No it is not. Bigger is not always better in the HVAC industry. A larger air conditioner uses more electricity and costs more to purchase, install and upkeep. A properly sized unit will provide the most efficient energy use and most comfort in your home. When buying a home comfort system, selecting the right size is crucial. For instance, an air conditioner that is too large will cool your home quickly but you still may not feel comfortable. It will satisfy the thermostat before it can remove sufficient moisture from the air. However, a system that is too small just cannot get the job done. We can help determine what size is right for you.
How Often Should I Change My Filters?
Check filters every two months and replace as needed.
I Would Like to Upgrade to a New High Efficiency Furnace or Heat Pump. Do You Offer Financing?
Yes we offer financing with approved credit through Wells Fargo. See our payment options page for more information.
I Like to Keep My House Very Cool in the Summer, Would a New Unit Help with Costs?
If you have a 15 year old unit it could be as little as 6 SEER. Most people set their thermostat around 78 degrees in the summer to save costs and with a new high efficiency air conditioner you could save as much as 80% of your cooling dollars with the same temperature setting.
What are the Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat?
A Programmable thermostat is programmed for when you leave your house and then return home. The thermostat turns of the furnace during the hours you are not home so that energy is not used to keep the house warm while you are at work. The thermostat will then turn back on 30 minutes before you come home so your house is at the perfect temperature when you are home. These thermostats save up to 15% on your energy bills during the winter and 10% in the summer.
Why are Furnaces and Heat Pumps So Noisy?
They are not noisy if you install new components in your system. Some manufacturers install sound insulators on the compressor as well as a weather guard top that not only reduces noise but increases the life of the unit by not letting debris get into the system.
When I Am on Vacation Should I Turn Off My Furnace to Save Energy?
Common settings is 85 degrees in the summer if you have air conditioning and 60 in the winter if you will be gone for a couple of days. These settings will keep most plants alive and will keep pipes from freezing and bursting in the winter.