Keep your home cool and comfortable with a modern AC system
We provide a variety of air conditioning systems to help you get the comfort and efficiency you want in your home. No one wants to deal with hot, uncomfortable rooms in their home, which is why air conditioners are among the most popular home upgrades. However, every home is different, and the air conditioning system that provides the best solution for one home may not be the right choice for another. Whether you’re interested in central air, ductless air conditioning, or any other type of cooling system, we can help and will advise you on the right kind of air conditioning for your home to ensure you can enjoy a comfortable home and get the energy savings you want. Contact us today to get started on your air conditioning upgrade with a free estimate!
Types of air conditioners and coolers
- Central air conditioning: Also known as packaged systems or ducted systems, central air consists of an external unit that uses a heat exchanger to move cool air through the existing ductwork in the home. Central air conditioning allows the homeowner to easily keep the home at a consistent temperature and also allows for zoned thermostats. The cost of central air can vary depending on your existing HVAC system and ductwork, as well as the type of unit you choose.
- Window-mounted units: Single room units are typically placed in a window, though they can be installed through a hole in the wall. Various sizes and shapes are available for all types of windows. Low-profile units are designed to obscure less window area. The advantage to window and wall AC is primarily cost. You can cool a house with 3 or 4 units for much less than a central system. Disadvantages, however, are numerous. They include noise, off-season storage, security issues, and loss of the use of the window while the unit is installed.
- Split system: Split system is a form of central air conditioning where half the system (the evaporator coil) is located inside the home, typically in a plenum above the furnace or in a separate air handler located in the attic. The other half (condenser, compressor coil, and a large cooling fan) are stationed outside in a metal cabinet. Split systems are more efficient to run over time, but they can be expensive to install. We can help you determine if this is the right choice based on your home’s existing HVAC system.
- Mini-split system: A mini-split air conditioning system, also called a ductless system, is a smart alternative to central air conditioning and heating for homes that have hydronic (water-based) heating, or for homes that rely on space heaters. They are ideal for homes where installing ducts would be expensive or infeasible. Like central air conditioning, a ductless system’s compressor/condenser components are located outside the living space. Air handlers, each of which includes an evaporative coil and blower, are typically mounted on interior walls near the ceiling. The downside is that these units can be expensive and are only designed to cool smaller spaces.
- Portable air conditioners: Portable air conditioners are freestanding units that reside inside a room but that must be ducted to a window or hole in the wall. The most efficient portables have two hoses, similar to dryer vent hoses, to expel warm air. While these provide an effective solution, they take up space in the room and may not perform as well as a window unit.
- Evaporative coolers: Evaporative coolers look like a portable air conditioner but rely on evaporation of water rather than refrigerant to cool the air. These machines use much less electricity than an air conditioner, but are far less effective. You also have to fill them with water or ice and perform regular cleaning to prevent mold growth. Evaporative coolers are best-suited to dry climates and to open air spaces, such as screened porches.
Sympathetic size and rating of air conditioning systems
Air conditioning efficiency ratings
EER and SEER ratings are used to describe an air conditioner’s efficiency. The Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) denotes the efficiency of a cooling system at a specific outdoor temperature (usually 95 degrees Fahrenheit). Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is used to measure the efficiency of a cooling system over an entire cooling season with both EER and SEER, the higher the rating the more efficient the unit.
Window, portable, and central air conditioning units should have EER and SEER ratings. SEER ratings will always be slightly higher than EER ratings. More efficient air conditioners are also likely to have an ENERGY STAR® rating, which means that they are at least 10% more efficient than the minimum standard established by the federal government.
Sympathetic size and rating of air conditioning systems
The capacity of an air conditioner should be carefully sized according to the space it is intended to cool. That’s because a big part of an air conditioner’s effectiveness is its ability to dehumidify the interior air – and drier air feels significantly cooler than humid air. If you install an oversized unit, such as a 10,000 BTU model in a 150 sq. ft. room, it will cool the room quickly and turn off before it has removed moisture in the air. The result is a damp, uncomfortable feeling
Window, portable, and mini-split air conditioners are typically rated by the number of BTUs they can remove. A BTU, or British thermal unit, is a unit of energy about equal to the energy produced by a single match. Large central air conditioning systems utilize a different sizing convention called the “ton.” A “ton” of cooling capacity equals the amount of heat absorbed by one ton of ice melting over a 24-hour period. One ton of cooling capacity is equal to 12,000 BTUs.
Discover all of your options for home heating needs
No matter what kind of heating system you currently have and what repairs or replacements you need. When wintertime is fast approaching, it’s a good idea to check in on your heating system and ensure it’s in working order. If your heating system is in need of repairs, call in a professional sooner rather than later. If you’re looking to install a totally new heating system for increased home comfort and affordability, there are many kinds of heating systems to choose from.
We can evaluate your system and suggest ways it can be improved for better performance and energy savings. We understand that some heating systems are better suited for certain climates than others, for example, so we can help you make informed choices for your home.
We are skilled at working with all heating systems
- Furnaces: A very popular type of heating system, furnaces use warm air to heat your home, distributed by a ductwork system. Furnaces can run on many kinds of fuel, including propane, electricity, oil, and gas.
- Electric: Many types of systems, including radiant heaters and heat pumps, use electricity to power their heating needs.
Heating distribution systems
- Radiant heating
We will choose the right system for your home
With so many heating options available, it’s important to talk to the professionals to make sure your heating is optimized for your home. Contact us today and schedule a home energy audit! We’ll help you repair your existing unit or install a heating system that will keep you warm and save you money for years to come.