May 1, 2013
Central air conditioning refers to a single air conditioning system that cools several areas simultaneously. Usually, this is a “split” system. In a split-system central air conditioner, an outdoor metal cabinet contains the condenser and compressor, and an indoor cabinet contains the evaporator. In split-system air conditioners, this indoor cabinet is attached to a furnace, the indoor part of a heat pump, or an air handler. The air conditioner’s evaporator coil is installed in the main supply duct. If your home already has a forced air furnace but no air conditioner, a split-system is the best economical central air conditioner to install.
If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. If you do, consult Complete Heat to assure that the new compressor is properly matched to the indoor unit. However, considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it might be wiser to replace the entire system.
Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid 1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.
Proper sizing and installation are key elements in determining air conditioner efficiency. Too large a unit will not adequately remove humidity. Too small a unit will not be able to attain a comfortable temperature on the hottest days. Improper unit location, lack of insulation, and improper duct installation can greatly diminish efficiency.
Finally, choose a manufacturer and contractor that you trust. Because, what you are really looking for is comfort and Peace of Mind. Complete Heat offers quality equipment from manufacturers like Carrier, Amana and Goodman. Start preparing for a comfortable summer, call today.