Central Air Conditioning – What You Should Know

What you should know about central ac

What You Should Know About Central AC

Though tons of Sacramento families have air conditioning in their homes, not many people know much about their central air conditioning. Today on the blog, our HVAC Techs share all you need to know about central AC.

What You Should Know About Central AC

Though air conditioning is something that many people have in their homes, many of our customers don’t know much about these systems. Today on the blog, our Sacramento AC Replacement experts share all you need to know about central air conditioning.  

Variety of Shapes & Sizes

The first thing our Sacramento HVAC Technicians want you to know is that there is a variety of shapes and sizes. As follows, the condenser and compressor are housed in an outdoor metal cabinet, while the evaporator is housed in an indoor metal cabinet in a split-system central air conditioner. Additionally, this indoor cabinet often houses a furnace or the indoor portion of a heat pump in several split-system air conditioners. Then, the evaporator coil of the air conditioner is mounted in the furnace or heat pump’s cabinet or main supply conduit. A split-system air conditioner is the most cost-effective central air conditioner to install if your home already has a furnace but no air conditioner.

The evaporator, condenser, and compressor are all housed in one cabinet in a packaged central air conditioner, which is normally mounted on the roof or on a concrete slab next to the house’s base. Additionally, our Cooling Company Sacramento explains that small commercial buildings use this form of air conditioner. Air supply and return ducts are connected to the packaged air conditioner, which is normally installed outside, via the home’s exterior wall or roof. However, electric heating coils or a natural gas furnace are often used in packaged air conditioners. Indoors, this air conditioner and central heater combination removes the need for a separate furnace. 

Choosing or Increasing the Efficiency of Your Central Air Conditioner

Room air conditioners are inefficient compared to central air conditioners. Furthermore, they are out of the way, quiet, and simple to use. You should try to purchase an energy-efficient air conditioner and reduce the energy usage of your central air conditioner to save energy and money. Thus, if you’re thinking about installing central air conditioning in your house, the need for ductwork may be the deciding factor.

If your central air conditioner is older, you might want to consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a more modern, high-efficiency model. If you do so, make sure the new compressor is appropriately fitted to the indoor unit by consulting a local heating and cooling contractor. However, given recent improvements in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, replacing the entire system could be the better option.

The Benefits of High Efficiency Models

The best air conditioners today use 30% to 50% less energy to generate the same amount of cooling as air conditioners from the mid-1970s. Our friends over at McQuillan Bros, Saint Paul Cooling Company, explains that, even if your air conditioner is just ten years old, replacing it with a newer, more powerful model will save you 20% to 40% on cooling energy costs.

The importance of proper sizing and installation in assessing air conditioner performance cannot be overstated. A device that is too big would not be able to extract enough humidity. On the hottest days, a device that is too small would not be able to maintain a comfortable temperature. Inefficient duct installation, improper unit placement, and lack of insulation can all reduce performance.

When shopping for an air conditioner, look for one that has a high efficiency rating. The seasonal energy efficiency ratio is used to score central air conditioners (SEER). The SEER rating indicates the amount of energy required to provide a given cooling output. SEER ratings of 6 or less are common in older systems.

When purchasing an air conditioner, look for the following features:

  • For new ventilation systems, a variable speed air handler is needed.
  • A system that runs quietly.
  • A fan-only switch, which allows you to use the unit for nighttime ventilation and save money on air conditioning.
  • After a set number of operating hours, a filter check light will illuminate to remind you to check the filter.
  • An automatic-delay fan switch that switches the fan off a few minutes after the compressor shuts down.

Air Conditioner Installation and Positioning

If your air conditioner is properly installed, or if major installation issues are discovered and corrected, it will run reliably for years with only minimal routine maintenance. However, several air conditioners are improperly mounted. As a consequence, new energy-efficient air conditioners will perform nearly as poorly as inefficient older models.

Of course, at Gilmore Heating, Air and Plumbing, our veteran-owned company is here for you to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact our company today! We are always happy to discuss your options and help you make the best decision for your home.

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Prep Your AC For Sacramento Summer

Prep Your AC For Sacramento Summer

Prep Your AC For Sacramento Summer

Is your air conditioning system capable of coping with the heat of a Sacramento summer? We reach temperatures over 100 degrees in the Sacramento Valley, so getting a functioning air conditioner is critical. Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing, a Sacramento HVAC company, discusses how to prepare your air conditioner for the Sacramento summer on the blog today.

Prep Your AC For Sacramento Summer

Is your air conditioning system up to the task of dealing with a hot Sacramento summer? Here in the Sacramento Valley, we are used to having temperatures over 100 degrees, making it absolutely essential to have a working AC.  Today on the blog, Gilmore Heating, Air and Plumbing, Sacramento HVAC Company, shares how to prep your AC for Sacramento summer. 

Prep Your AC For Sacramento Summer

Change Your Filters.

While this is the most basic method of air-conditioning maintenance, many people fail to perform it on a regular basis. Our Sacramento AC Service technicians recommend changing your air conditioner’s filters every month or two to keep it running smoothly.

Ensure the Condensation Lines are Clean

Condensation will clog the pipe leading away from your air conditioner. If the pipe clogs, water can back up into the air conditioner, causing a messy situation and a large repair bill.

Hiring a Sacramento Residential AC Company will help best maintain your residential air conditioner. 

Get a Smart Thermostat

We asked our friends over at McQuillan Brothers, Minneapolis Cooling Company, what they believe is the most impactful way to lower your bills and maintain your AC. They agreed with us that installing a programmable thermostat and setting it to minimize the use of air conditioning or heat when you are not home will save you a lot of money on your energy bills. Fortunately, installing these thermostats yourself is relatively simple and just needs a few tools. Our Sacramento HVAC experts can get this done for you! 

Clean the Outside Unit’s Coils.

Additionally, if you don’t use a cover, the outside unit of your air conditioner has been accumulating dust, dirt, and other debris throughout the winter. All of that gunk clogs up the machine, slowing down the operation of your air conditioner.

As follows, our team recommends using a garden hose to clean the unit’s exterior if it’s soiled. A commercial air-conditioner cleaner can be purchased at a hardware store to clean heavily soiled units. Our team can also do this for you during a residential AC maintenance appointment. 

Clear the Area around the Exterior

Plants, leaves, tall grass, and debris near your outdoor device will reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner. Cut the lawn, vacuum out any debris, and remove any plants that are blocking the device before turning on the air conditioner. Also, we recommend doing this at least once a month during the summer for debris.

Check for leaks in the ductwork.

Leaky ducts make the HVAC system operate 50 percent harder because they leak only 20% of the conditioned air flowing through them.

Inspect the ductwork for broken joints, missing parts, and small holes. If you notice a leak, use Underwriters Laboratories-branded tape to cover it. Tapes with a fabric or rubber backing degrade faster.

Hire a Professional HVAC Company

Of course, the best way to ensure a great-operating AC unit ready for the Sacramento heat is to hire a professional. Our team at Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing is proud to help Sacramento homeowners prepare for the heat. Contact our team today to book a residential AC maintenance appointment. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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