Are you planning to have a new air conditioner installed? Having some knowledge about air conditioning systems will help make the process less stressful. How exactly do they work? What size should you get? A new HVAC system is a big investment. The final cost will depend on the system you go with, any additional items that you decide to add and the installation cost. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning present this simple guide to assist you in replacing your old, run down central air conditioning system.
HVAC System Working Principle
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It is a system that is designed to keep the environment in your home comfortable. Another goal of the HVAC system in your home is to maintain an acceptable indoor air quality. Your cooling system is usually combined with your heating system because they share the same ductwork for distributing conditioned air throughout your home.
Central Air Conditioner Installation Questions & Answers
1. What is a central air conditioner? The central AC system in most homes is a split system. This means that the system has a compressor unit on the outside of the home and indoor coil that is installed on the furnace. The compressor pumps refrigerant through the system.
2. How does central AC work? When there is warm air in your home it will blow across the indoor evaporator coil. It’s heat energy then transfers to the refrigerant inside the coil and cools the air. The refrigerant is then pumped back to the compressor and the cycle starts again. The heat that is absorbed be the refrigerant is moved outside your home and cool air is blown inside.
3. What size should my AC unit be? The system you have installed in your home should be the right size. If it’s too big it will not be very efficient. It will turn on too quickly to cool your home and then turn off and continue to repeat. If it’s too small, it will constantly run in an attempt to cool your home. This will increase wear and tear on the unit. Having the right size installed will ensure that the unit will run the required number of cycles to keep your home comfortable without running inefficiently.
4. What is a SEER rating? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This ratio is the amount of cooling produced divided by the amount of electricity used and measures the energy efficiency. There will be a federal EnergyGuide label right on the unit. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system.
5. When should filters be replaced? One of the least expensive ways to maintain your system is to change filters regularly. This will improve the air quality in your home, the efficiency of the system and it will extend the life of the system.