Frequently Asked Questions
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How does an air conditioner work?
An air conditioner works by dehumidifying, cleaning, and circulating the indoor air. The filter inside the air conditioner traps dust along with particles that are in the air. The air blower inside the air conditioner circulates the air through refrigeration.
This refrigeration works by absorbing the heat inside the room and transferring it outdoors. The air conditioner itself has two units inside. They are the indoor unit and the condensing unit.
The indoor unit removes the warm air and humidity. It has a filter, an air handler and an evaporator coil. The air is blown over the evaporator coil.
The refrigerant inside the evaporator coil is what keeps it cold. When air travels over the evaporator coil it cools because of the refrigerant additionally, the humidity condenses when it comes in contact with the cold surface of the coil.
Then this dry cool air is sent back into your home to keep it at a comfortable level. Ducts are either inside the floor or ceiling.
The condensing unit releases the heat to outdoors that was captured indoors. The very same refrigerant that absorbed the heat indoors will then be pressurized by the compressor and then it is distributed through another coil known as the condensing coil.
The condensing coil while under extreme pressure causes the refrigerant to discharge it's heat quickly and the coil becomes hot. A fan is utilized to blow over the coil which then causes it to cool and then moves the heat to outdoors.
What in common do good central air units have?
Good units have the following in common: They are efficient using a minimal quantity of electricity to keep your electric power bills down plus they provide good service for many years, they are quiet, long-lasting and need very little service.
How do I know I have the right size unit?
An air conditioner that is too small will not keep your home cool. Likewise, a system that is too large for your home will turn on and off a lot more than necessary and waste energy and put a strain on the compressor.
Air Conditioning & Heating EXPERTS will take a look at entire home's air cooling needs by checking window measurements and exposure, floor space, insulation or lack of inside walls and ceiling. Appliances that produce heat, the direction your home is facing and how much of your home's exterior is shaded by trees.
Which air conditioners are energy efficient?
Just like car manufacturers, air conditioner manufacturers have to rate their equipment in accordance with its energy efficiency. This rating is known as a SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the equipment is going to be.
A lot of new homes with central air are available with a standard builder's model. However, when it is time to replace the unit a property owner can go to a far more energy efficient system.
A higher number SEER model is normally more costly but this expense is made up by the decrease in your home's energy bills over the long term.
What is the best setting for my thermostat, "auto" or "on"?
The best setting for the air conditioner is "AUTO". In this way the fan only turns on when the temperature requires it. If you manually utilize the "ON" setting then the air is circulated through the air filter and due to the fact the air is constantly being circulated the temperature stays more even in the house.^The most preferred setting for the air conditioner is "AUTO". This way the fan only turns on once the temperature requires it. If you manually use the "ON" setting then the air is circulated and filtered through the air filter and because the air is constantly being circulated the temperature stays more even in the house.
Should shrubs or flowers be planted around an outdoor unit?
Yes they may be planted no closer than 18 inches to the unit. This will allow room for air circulation in and out of the unit.^Yes you can plant bushes or flowers around an outside unit however they should be planted no closer than 18 inches to the unit. This will allow room for air circulation in and out of the unit.
Is it necessary to change the indoor and outdoor units at the same time?
Yes they should be replaced concurrently. The air conditioning is designed to be a completely matched system. This is the reason they should be replaced at the same time.^Yes the air conditioning is made to be a completely , matched system. Therefore, when you replace one unit you should replace the other as well.
What's the difference between a split system and a package unit?
A split system utilizes indoor and outdoor components to allow for an entire home comfort system. A package unit is a self-contained unit that doesn't require any air handlers, external coils, or heating units.^A split system uses indoor and outdoor components to allow for an entire home comfort system. A package unit is self-contained and it doesn't need any air handlers, external coils, or heating units.
My air conditioning unit ices up with frost on the coil and copper tubing. What causes this?
There could be a few reasons for this happening. This is often as a result of not enough maintenance. When a unit freezes up there is a not enough airflow or a insufficient refrigerant (FREON). A regular maintenance check this can help prevent this from happening and Air Conditioning & Heating EXPERTS can help make sure all the airflow ducts are free and clear and your refrigerant (FREON) is charged up to the proper level to get the best performance.^There could be different reasons for this happening. Most of them are because of a lack of maintenance. When an air conditioner freezes up it is because there is a lack of airflow or a deficiency of refrigerant (FREON). If you have a regular maintenance check this will prevent this from happening and Air Conditioning & Heating EXPERTS will make sure all the airflow passages are free and clear plus your refrigerant (FREON) is charged up to the proper level.~