What is Air Conditioning?
When most of us think about air conditioning, we think about an air conditioner and refrigerant cooling the air in our home. This actual process of air conditioning starts when refrigerant passes through the evaporator coil. As it passes through the coil the heat is removed from the air. The humidity in the air condenses on the cold surface of the coil and drains away. What this means to you, is the air is now cooler and drier making your home more comfortable.
What is SEER?
S.E.E.R. is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Plain and simple this is the level of efficiency that your unit will operate at, the higher the number the more efficient your unit is. The lowest level of efficiency you can buy today is 10 S.E.E.R. however some units can reach 18 S.E.E.R. when matched with the proper components. Should I buy the highest S.E.E.R. available? This depends on your budget and how long you will be in your home. Higher efficiency units cost more and there is period of recuperation time in the energy savings.
When replacing an older system, do you need to replace your coil at the same time? This depends on the age, size and condition of your current coil. If you are looking to increase the S.E.E.R. of your system you will have to change the indoor coil to match the air conditioning condenser. In this case the manufacturer has designed the coil and air conditioner condenser to work as a matched system.
Are you adding Air Conditioning to your home?
If you currently have a warm air system with ducts, air conditioning can usually be added quickly and easily. There may need to be some modifications made to your ductwork to make sure that you have adequate airflow. If you are installing your new cooling unit on an older furnace you may need to increase the blower size to help force the air through your home. If this is the case you may want to consider replacing your older furnace as well, this way you now the system will be matched to operate with maximum efficiency and comfort.
If your home is heated with a boiler and radiators or electric baseboard heat this will take a little longer. There are now three main ways of adding air conditioning to your home
The traditional system of adding an air conditioner, air handler and ductwork is the most common, provided that you have room to run the ductwork it usually is the lowest priced option. The next is a high velocity system. This system runs small diameter duct throughout your home to offer the least intrusion of space. Another option is called a mini-split system; in this style there are multiple air handlers that would be mounted in key areas of the home and an air conditioning condenser outside. This type of system is commonly used when neither style of ductwork can be run through the house.
So if you’re looking to replace your air conditioner or add on to your existing heating system, we can help you find the system that best suites your needs and your homes.