Five Reasons to Consider Ductless Air Conditioning

December 11, 2013

Ductless AC units eliminate many drawbacks associated with window units and central air Ductless air conditioners are often overlooked as a cooling option, but they do offer some significant benefits over a window unit or central air. Ductless systems are similar to a window unit in that each evaporator is designed to cool a single room, and they are similar to a central split system in that there will be a condenser unit placed outside the home and an evaporator placed inside. The big difference between a ductless system and central air is of course that no ductwork is necessary. Instead, you only have to run refrigerant tubes between the evaporator and the condenser in order to enjoy cool, fresh air in your home. Cool Rooms without Major Renovations Ductless air conditioners can be used to cool a historic property where there’s no room to run ductwork, or to cool an addition, garage, sunroom, etc. that may not be attached to the existing central AC system in a newer home. Each ductless AC unit is designed to cool its own room, but by pairing multiple wall or ceiling units with a single outdoor condenser, you can create a multiple-zone split…...

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Bigger Isn’t Better When it Comes to Air Conditioners

November 24, 2013

Why getting a bigger unit isn’t the answer to your AC problems If you’re not satisfied with your current central AC system’s performance, you may assume you need a bigger unit. This is one of the most common errors that consumers make when trying to secure better performance from their AC systems. The truth is, bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to air conditioners. You need a unit that is appropriately sized for your home. Getting an oversized unit will not deliver improved cooling and can actually cause many problems, including: Uneven Temperatures An oversized air conditioner will cycle on and off too frequently, leading to air distribution issues. Basically, the rooms farthest from the unit will not receive enough cooled air before the system shuts off, while the rooms closest to the unit will get blasted with arctic air. You are better off with a smaller unit that will run almost constantly because this creates better air mixing in the home. Excess Humidity In addition to producing cool air, air conditioners also work as dehumidifiers provided they are left running long enough. When your system is too large for your home, the cooling will get done too…...

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Is It Time to Replace Your Heating or Cooling System?

November 24, 2013

Learn how to tell if you need a new heating or cooling system Heating and cooling equipment can be expensive, so naturally no homeowner necessarily wants to hear that they need a brand new unit. However, getting a new unit is well worth the investment if you choose your new heater or air conditioner wisely. You can expect improved performance and efficiency from your new unit, which will in turn provide you with better indoor air quality, lower utility bills, and improved overall home comfort. Here are some of the telltale signs of a heater or air conditioner that has outlived its usefulness and needs to be replaced. Familiarize yourself with them now and you won’t be so shocked when your HVAC technician breaks the news to you about your ailing unit! Your air conditioner is over 10 years old. Often, air conditioners that are over 10 years old cannot offer the same level of efficiency as a newer ENERGY STAR model. By upgrading to a new system rather than repairing your old system, you can often reap savings of up to 20 percent on your cooling bills. Your furnace is over 15 years old. Again, an older furnace is…...

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