Frequently Asked Questions
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How does an air conditioner work?
Air conditioner works by dehumidifying, cleaning, and circulating the air which is indoors. A filter inside the air conditioner traps dust and other particles that are in the air. The air blower portion of the air conditioner circulates the air through refrigeration.
Refrigeration works by absorbing heat in the room and transferring it outdoors. The air conditioner itself has two units inside, the indoor unit along with the condensing unit.
The indoor unit takes out the warm air and humidity. It includes a filter, an air handler and an evaporator coil. The air is blown through the evaporator coil.
The refrigerant inside the evaporator coil is really what assists in keeping it cold. When air travels across the evaporator coil it cools as a result of refrigerant. Humidity condenses when it comes in touch with the cold surface of the coil.
The dry cool air is distributed back into your home through ducts, either in the floor or ceiling, to keep it at a comfortable level.
The condensing unit releases heat to outdoors that was captured indoors. The exact same refrigerant that absorbed the heat indoors will then be pressurized by the compressor and then it is distributed through another coil called the condensing coil.
The condensing coil when under extreme pressure causes the refrigerant to release the heat it contains quickly and the coil becomes hot. A fan is utilized to blow over the coil which causes it to cool and after that 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 bills down and 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 which is too small will not maintain your home cool. Likewise, a system that is too big for your home will switch 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 your whole home's air cooling needs by taking a look at window sizes and exposure to sun and cold, floor area, insulation or lack of inside walls and ceiling. We may also check any appliances that generate 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?
Air conditioning equipment manufacturers have to rate their equipment according to 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 will be.
A lot of new homes with central air are available with a standard builder's model. However, when it's time to replace the unit a property owner can go to a more energy efficient system.
A higher number SEER model is usually more costly but this expense is made up by the decrease in your home's energy bills in the long run.
What is the best setting for my thermostat, "auto" or "on"?
The best setting for your air conditioner is "AUTO". In this manner the fan only turns on when the temperature demands it. If you manually use the "ON" setting then the air is circulated through the air filter and because the air is continually being circulated the temperature stays more even in the house.^The best setting for your air conditioner is "AUTO". This way the fan only switches on when the temperature requires it. If you manually use the "ON" setting then this air is circulated and filtered through the air filter and because the air is continually being circulated the temperature stays more even in the house.
Should shrubs or flowers be planted around an outdoor unit?
Yes they can be planted no closer than 18 inches to the unit. This will allow room for air flow in and out of the unit.^Yes you can plant shrubs or flowers around an outdoor unit but they should be planted no closer than 18 inches to the unit. This will allow room for air flow in and out of the unit.
Is it necessary to change the indoor and outdoor units at the same time?
Yes they must be replaced concurrently. The air conditioning was designed to be a completely matched system. Because of this , they must be replaced at the same time.^Yes the air conditioning is designed 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 uses indoor and outdoor parts to allow for a complete 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 a complete 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 might be a few reasons for this happening. This is often as a result of lack of maintenance. When a unit freezes up there is a lack of airflow or a insufficient refrigerant (FREON). A regular maintenance check this will help prevent this from happening and Air Conditioning & Heating EXPERTS can help ensure all the airflow ducts are free and clear and your refrigerant (FREON) is charged up to the proper level for the best performance.^There might be different reasons behind this happening. Most appear to be because of a lack of servicing. 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 may prevent this from happening and Air Conditioning & Heating EXPERTS will make sure all the airflow passages are free and clear and your refrigerant (FREON) is charged up to the proper level.~