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A central air conditioner or heat pump will keep you cool, on average, for about 16 years. Here are some tips to consider before purchasing a new one:
Installation is critical. No matter how well your new heating and air system is made, it won’t perform well without a quality installation. We can address your duct-work and other home needs in addition to new cooling equipment. A high-quality installation will cost more upfront, but it will save you in service costs and headaches down the road.
Choose R-410A. Older air conditioners and heat pumps use a refrigerant called R-22. In 2010, the new standard refrigerant became R-410A - a non-ozone-depleting, more environmentally friendly refrigerant. If you currently have an R-22 system, choosing a new one with R-410A may mean some extra parts and labor to replace the line set and indoor coil. But with R-410A, you won’t have to worry about a dwindling supply of R-22, and you will be getting the maximum long-term efficiency out of your new system.
The higher the SEER, the better. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a measurement of the efficiency of your cooling system over an entire season. The higher the SEER, the higher the efficiency. Before 2006, most cooling systems were rated 8 – 10 SEER. In 2006, the minimum efficiency became 13 SEER. Today, top-end air conditioners such as the Maytag® iQ Drive® can be as high as 24.5 SEER. A 24.5-SEER system is 145% more efficient than a 10-SEER system; a 16-SEER system is 60% more efficient than a 10-SEER system.
Heat pumps are hot. Just like an air conditioner, a heat pump cools your home in the summer. But in the early spring and fall, it can also provide low-cost electric heat. Many homeowners choose a central heat pump instead of an air conditioner, and then pair that heat pump with a gas furnace inside. This is called a dual-fuel system, and it can significantly reduce your utility bills.
With dual fuel, you heat with electricity when the weather is mild and with gas when the temperatures get colder – so you are always using the most cost-effective fuel source to heat your home. If you have a package system (the entire system sits outside the home), there are also dual-fuel options that combine electric heat pump and gas heat technology.
Replace both components of your air conditioning system. A split-system air conditioner has two components – the outdoor unit and the indoor section (a coil and either a furnace or air handler). Other contractors may try to cut costs by replacing only the outdoor section. But in order for your system to achieve the efficiency you’re paying for, it needs to be matched with the correct indoor coil. Reusing previous indoor components can reduce the performance of your air conditioner (for instance, you’ll only get 10 SEER when you’re paying for a 13-SEER system) and can void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Know what you’ve got. There are two types of heating and air systems: A “split system” and a “package” system.
A split system includes an outdoor section and an indoor section, and is the most common type of heating and air system. The indoor section is the coil that sits on top of your furnace. Cool air is distributed throughout the home by the furnace blower.
Invest in comfort. Many higher-efficiency air conditioning and heat pump systems include features that will improve your home’s comfort. Two-stage systems reduce hot and cold spots by running at both a high and low stage, so they are quieter and provide a better mix of air throughout the home. Noise can be softened by swept-wing fan blades and compressor sound blankets. Variable-speed or modulating air conditioners will ramp up to full speed through several levels, providing the quietest performance and best mix of air.
Most people have heard of ductless cooling and heating systems, and they have probably seen the small, indoor devices installed high on walls in the occasional home, restaurant, or office building. But what do you really know about these systems?
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The Basics of Ductless Cooling and Heating
Whereas traditional heat pumps and central air conditioning systems force heated and cooled air through ducts, ductless systems deliver air directly into different zones. They are comprised of a small outdoor unit and one or more indoor units that require nothing more than mounting capabilities and access to electricity.
Sometimes referred to as split systems, multi-split systems, or split-ductless systems, ductless cooling and heating offers home and business owners a cost-effective way to replace inefficient window units, space heaters, and electric baseboard heaters. They can be installed in home additions, new construction, condominiums and apartments, or to improve temperature control in specific rooms. Ductless systems can even be fit for buildings that currently use ducted forced-air systems.
They Save You Money
One of the biggest reasons why homeowners switch to ductless cooling and heating is overall cost savings. In recent years, utility costs across the country have skyrocketed. When a home’s temperature depends upon an inefficient system, monthly bills can quickly climb out of control. Ductless systems operate on less power – they are smaller than traditional forced-air systems, and because the temperature-controlled air is delivered directly into a room, there is no loss in efficiency. Multi-split systems also allow homeowners to create “zones” in their home, which means they no longer have to heat or cool rooms that aren’t occupied.
In addition to saving money on utilities, homeowners may also be eligible for tax credits or utility rebates for the year in which they installed a ductless system. There are many programs at the federal, state, and local level that allow homeowners and businesses to take advantage of these additional savings.
They Improve Indoor Air Quality – Happy Breathing!
Often times, the quality of indoor air can actually be lower than the quality of outdoor air. With traditional HVAC systems, air ducts must be professionally cleaned on a regular basis, and even after cleaning, dust and allergens are left behind. Ductless systems, on the other hand, offer multi-stage filtration that can drastically reduce dust, bacteria, pollen, allergens, and other particulates in the air.
They Are Quick & Easy To Install
Installing a traditional, ducted system can take several weeks and disrupts daily activities in the home. Ductless systems are far less invasive to install, and depending upon the number of indoor and outdoor units required, can be up and running in as little as one day.
Multi-split systems run on small pipes that require a mere three-inch hole. That means homeowners don’t have to worry about rebuilding walls or ceilings around ductwork, and there is no loss of precious square footage
Ductless Cooling Lowers Your Carbon Footprint
The small size of a ductless cooling system and its zoning capabilities allows for greater energy efficiency. Ductless cooling and heating systems follow ENERGY STAR® guidelines, which means they are far more energy efficient than the minimum standards set forth by the U.S. federal government. Improved efficiency saves money, of course, but it also helps reduce your total carbon output.
Additionally, ductless systems take advantage of advances in chemistry to reduce effects on the environment. Traditional air conditioning systems utilize harsh coolant that is harmful to the environment but ductless systems use a refrigerant called R410A, which is known for its zero ozone depletion potential. This means a system will have less impact on the environment throughout its lifecycle.
Ductless cooling and heating systems are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and completely customizable. They offer homeowners the ability to cool and heat specific zones of their home to the exact temperature they desire, providing consistent and exceptional year-round comfort.