Yeah, summer is almost upon us and you know what that means? Yep – it’s time to check out the air conditioner. What? You don’t have one?? Well, if you’re serious about staying comfortable on those hot, muggy days without the high utility bills, you need to select an energy efficient cooling system.
With 30+ brands to choose from, your decision is not an easy one. But don’t worry – we’re going to try to simplify the buying process for you.
No matter what form, air conditioning systems have similar working components. These include the refrigerant, compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and evaporator coil. They all work together to transfer heat and moisture from the inside of your home to the outside.
Here is information that could help you understand how they operate.
Split (Ductless) Air Conditioners
Split air conditioners are also called “ductless” or “mini-split”. They are common in homes as well as hotels and other multi-unit buildings. It’s popular for homes that are not served by a forced-air HVAC system. Most of them also offer heating functions.
This system has two terminal units. The outdoor condensing unit includes the compressor, condenser, and condenser fan. The evaporative unit is usually a rectangular box set high on an interior wall. It handles the air cooling and distribution in the room. It contains a circulation fan, expansion valve, and evaporator coil. Refrigerant tubing passes through the wall between the two units.
Now that you understand your options, it is critical that you select the right size of cooling system. I know – I’m starting to give you a headache – but this is essential if you don’t want your cooling system to over work or bust your energy budget. What’s the sense of selecting an energy efficient cooling system if it’s too small for the room you are cooling? You’re right, it makes no sense!
Here is what Maytag says about have a professional HVAC contractor specify the right sized cooling system for your home…
Did you make sure your contractor properly sized your air conditioner when you had it installed in your home? Proper sizing is a critical step in the air conditioning purchasing process. Your contractor should not simply base equipment size on rule-of-thumb measurements. In fact, they may not want to go off the size that you currently have in your home. An improperly sized air conditioner can have serious implications for your home comfort AND wallet.
If you are noticing any of the following things, your air conditioner may be too small.
- Your home never reaches your programmed temperature.
- Your equipment constantly runs.
- Your electricity bills are high.
Home comfort is paramount during the summer, but at what cost? An undersized air conditioner can have a major impact on your wallet. Not only will your system have a harder time reaching your desired temperature, but the constant operation can damage your unit – resulting in shorter system life. An air conditioner is an investment in your home comfort – you want to make sure your investment lasts.
If any of the following are happening in your home, your air conditioner may be too large.
- Your air conditioner short cycles.
- Your electricity bills are high.
- Your home is humid.
So there you have it. When choosing the right air conditioner, there are many factors that you must consider. When you’re ready to buy, make sure you call your local HVAC professional so that he can go through these options with you. In addition, please ensure that he calculates the right size AC for your home.