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Air Conditioning FAQs
How does an air conditioner work?
An air conditioner works by removing heat from air inside your home and blowing the cool conditioned air back into the living space. Heat is energy and since energy cannot be destroyed, the heat drawn out of your air must be released outside. Otherwise, your system will simply be moving hot and cold air around within your house rather than removing the heat from the home entirely.
What is the best type of air conditioning system?
The best type of air conditioning system for your house largely depends on your home’s size, layout and budget. We carry all major brands and a variety of sizes and styles designed to work with any home. Request a free air conditioning consultation today to learn more about what type of air conditioning system is best for your home.
How do you determine the size of my air conditioning system?
We will measure your home and calculate the actual cooling load on your home. Our calculation is based on window size, orientation, walls, ceiling, floors, appliances, insulation level and more. Additionally, we will take into account your lifestyle habits that may impact your home’s cooling needs. This will determine the proper size of air conditioner that is needed.
Do you offer financing for new cooling systems?
We offer several financing options to help make your air conditioning system purchase more affordable. Our financing promotions often change, so contact us today to learn more about our current financing options.
How do I best maintain my air conditioner?
The best way to maintain your air conditioner is with annual preventative maintenance checks. We recommend having an annual maintenance check-up for your air conditioner every fall before winter arrives to ensure that your air conditioner is working properly before its use is necessary.
When should I replace my air conditioner?
Air conditioners, like any hardware, wear out over time. The amount of use and the level of maintenance will all factor into how long your air conditioner lasts. If you notice that your air conditioner is not cooling as well as it once did or that you are having more frequent maintenance issues, it may be time for cooling system replacement.
My air conditioner stopped cooling, what do I do?
Air conditioners can stop cooling for a number of reasons, but often this will happen because of dirty coils. First clean your air conditioner coils or have them cleaned for you. If your system still doesn’t cool properly, you may require professional air conditioner repair.
What is SEER?
SEER is an efficiency rating for your air conditioning system, not so different than efficiency ratings on a car. Like MPG on car, SEER measures how well your air conditioning system performs in relation to the amount of energy used. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient your air conditioning system will be. Higher SEER air conditioning units generally cost more upfront, but they cost substantially less to operate over the life of the system compared to a low SEER unit.
Should I replace my existing air conditioning unit even if it is still working?
This is a question we are often asked. Air conditioners today are much more efficient than those produced even 10 years ago. Even if your current air conditioning system is still working, the increased efficiency of a new system may make upgrading to a new unit a smart economic decision.
Why does my air conditioner run all day?
Undersized or inefficient air conditioning units may run all day because they simply cannot cool your home sufficiently enough to bring the temperature down to desired levels. If you notice that your air conditioning unit is running constantly, it may be time to consider upgrading to a more efficient and properly sized unit.
How often should I change my air conditioner filters?
We recommend changing your air conditioning filters once per month. If you do not replace your air conditioner filters regularly, you are exposing your system to several potential problems. Dirty air conditioner filters can lead to dirty coils, decreased air flow or even more serious issues.