How long does it take to install a central Air Conditioning Unit?
There are many things to take into consideration when it comes to determining the amount of time needed to install your unit. First the size of the house, type of cooling unit being installed, what kind of access is available, is there currently ducking installed, and much more. Call today to schedule a free no obligation quote and one of our trained technicians will come to your residence and answer all of questions.
Do you provide a warantee?
All of our Air Conditions and repair work is fully guaranteed and warranteed. Please inquire about the specific length of the warrantee as it will vary depending on the brand of air conditioning that is installed in your NYC home.
How do I determine which kind of Air Conditioning is right for my home?
There are many different things that go into determining what the best possible heating or cooling system is for your home. The best way is to have a qualified technician evaluate your home and present you with the options that are available in your situation.
Is there anything I can do to trouble shoot my problems before calling a technician?
We recommend that you do not try to fix a broken air conditioning unit yourself due to the extreme risk of being shocked. Anything that is connected to high level electricity runs the risk of electrocution.
When is the best time to purchase an Air Conditioner?
Early spring usually offers the time for the best rebates and the introduction of new energy efficient models. However, late summer has the best deals but not a large selection. Many companies are trying to sell their old stock to get ready for the new models.
What features should I look for in an AC unit?
You should look for an unit that has a thermostat that is adjustable, atleast two cooling and fan speeds, energy efficient mode, Adjustable vents to direct air, and a way to vent fresh air into the house. You should also look for a warrantee of 5 or more years and complete replacement if something happens within the first year.
What is SEER?
SEER is a central air conditioning unit's Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Unlike the EER (Energy Efficiency Rating), the SEER estimates a unit's performance over an entire cooling season, rather than measuring its performance at a given temperature and humidity level. In short, it measures the seasonal performance of the unit based on the cooling accomplished (in BTUs of energy) divided by the electricity consumed (in kWh).
What is R-22?
R-22 is the common name for hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). R-22 has been used as a refrigerant by HVAC manufacturers for over 40 years, but studies in the past decade have shown that HCFCs contain chlorine, an ozone-depleting agent. For this reason, the United States Clean Air Act has set a target date for January 1, 2010, on which HVAC manufacturers must cease the production of products that use R-22.
What is R-410A?
R-410A is the common name for an emerging hydro-fluorocarbon (HFC) that is being used as a refrigerant in the HVAC industry. R-410A is more environmentally friendly than R-22 and is being seen as the most likely replacement for R-22 by HVAC manufacturers. At the beginning of 2010, the use of alternate refrigerant will be required in HVAC manufacturing.
What is Energy Star?
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2010 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars -- all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.
Do I need a larger air conditioner to better cool my house?
Air conditioners cool and dehumidify. An oversized air conditioner can quickly cool a home, but results in it frequently cycling on and off, which doesn't allow it enough time to remove moisture and may make the house feel clammy. A properly sized A/C will operate for a longer period of time during the hottest days which will remove that uncomfortable moisture. Although a properly sized unit will run longer, it will be more efficient and use less energy. Over sizing a residential A/C system by 50% will cause a 10% increase in energy consumption. Not only do oversized units consume more energy, but they also remove less moisture from your home.
How often should I change my filter?
Once per month. This will help your air conditioner run more efficiently, keep your air cleaner and prolong the life of your system. A dirty or clogged filter will demand more energy and slow down the cooling process.
How often should I have my central heat & air system checked?
Twice per year and preferably during the spring and fall. Maintenance is the key to prolonging the life of your HVAC unit and can reduce your chances of a major repair by over 60%.
Should I replace my central air even though it is still working?
If your existing A/C unit is more than 15 years old, it is probably inefficient and you should consider replacing it with a newer, more energy efficient unit. For example, if you replace a 1970's central air conditioning unit that has a SEER of 6 with a new unit and a SEER of 13, you would cut your air conditioning costs in half-or more!
What is a heat pump?
Heat pumps are like conventional air conditioners except they also can provide heat in the winter.
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