Let’s chat about HVAC–also known as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems! It’s our getting to know you “session” that’s all about the ins and outs of heating and air conditioning units! Why are they a big deal, and what do they do for you?
Setting the Stage for Comfort with a Heating and Air Conditioning Unit
Thermodynamics is the basis for the design behind heating and air conditioning units. Using science to address indoor air quality, human comfort, and energy consumption management, HVAC experts ensure their clients experience a higher quality of life. The science of thermodynamics encompasses concepts such as transferring heat, fluid mechanics, and principles behind air regulation. The bottom line, the heating and AC unit you choose should accommodate your needs. With the help of thermodynamics, inventors have created a viable helper to keep your home or business comfortable!
Is your home safe? Humidity levels, indoor temperatures, and climate control as a whole can affect your health and wellness. If your home has the proper ventilation, it will:
- Keep the air smelling fresh and clean
- Remove excess moisture
- Bring in the air from the outdoors
- Prevent unhealthy oxygen stagnation
- Improve air circulation and flow
The best in heating and air conditioning units will do all of the above. If you are seeking a way to improve the atmosphere of your home, the right HVAC system will work diligently to provide you with what you want.
Turning Up the Heat with a Heat Pump that Keeps Away the Chill
Heating and air conditioning units use heat pumps to deliver that cozy feeling to your home or office. Heat pumps:
- Work like heat absorbers
- Transfer energy into the home
- Create heat even in freezing temps
- Use a reversing valve
Depending on where you live, a heat pump can prove to be very cost-effective.
- How cold are your winters?
- How drafty is your home?
- How old is the place you live?
These questions can shed some light on whether purchasing a heat pump is a worthwhile investment. In certain climates, heat pumps make sense. In older homes, insulation may leave much to be desired. Would it be more cost-effective to buy an air conditioning and heat pump together? Is it necessary? Time for a consultation with people who know all about heating and cooling options!
If you are interested in having a heat pump and an air conditioning unit, there are options available! Check with your local HVAC experts to discover what choices will be most cost-effective and custom for your home or business.
When HVAC Repair Isn’t Needed
If you are one of the many who already utilize an HVAC system, you might find yourself wondering if you require a replacement or repair crew. How can you tell? How old is your system? Have you noticed a variation in temperatures in different rooms of the home? Before you start panic–don’t! The type of home you have may be to blame for your concern. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Homes that have more than one level are susceptible to the nature of heat transfer. Heat rises. This natural phenomenon may cause warmer rooms upstairs and cool rooms below.
- Does your home have many windows facing the sun? It’s a natural assumption that your home may be warmer than others.
- Are you a consummate cook? Do you have one enthusiastic chef living in your home? Who is the daily dunker (aka shower user) in your home? Humidity rises when cooking and cleaning come into play.
If you are still concerned, high-quality heating and air conditioning units are great problem-solvers! Utilize the various settings on your system to increase air circulation and customize your unit to suit your home’s unique needs! Need more reassurance? Get an expert second opinion!
Counting the Costs for Comfortable Living
When addressing the ins and outs of heating and air conditioning, the cost is an important topic to tackle. How does your air conditioning unit custom fit your budget? Reliable heating and cooling systems offer incentives for people striving to count their costs and not incur any loss.
Be on the lookout for systems (like Trane units) that:
- Ensure you receive a local rebate
- Offer tax incentives to encourage energy-saving installs
- Provide limited time special price offers/discounts
When looking for a trustworthy heating and air conditioning expert, it’s important to compare prices, read reviews, and budget. Installation fees can vary depending on the region in which you live. Always look for installers that have experience and testimonials that ensure you are receiving quality work.
For HVAC Repairs, It’s All About Who Is In Your Contacts List
Is it time to introduce a heating and air conditioning unit into your space that functions well for you? Do you think your current system requires some expert attention? It doesn’t hurt to make inquiries regarding your HVAC system’s effectiveness. As systems fail, energy savings are lost. In the midday sun or in frigid colder temperatures, how well your heating and AC unit functions can change your living situation.
No one should worry about chilly temperatures and the health concerns/illnesses that come along with them. Along similar lines, no one should have to worry about heat exhaustion and uncomfortable living conditions. Sadly, these negative experiences happen too often! That’s why it’s so important to ensure your system is in tip-top shape for uncontrollable weather conditions. If you aren’t sure where to turn, turn to experts who know the ins and outs of heating and air conditioning units and what they need to keep you in comfort! Contact Corman and Sons today and get an inside look at how HVAC systems can improve your life!
How do you heat or cool your home or business? If you find yourself struggling to stay “chill” when summer begins or warm when winter blows in, you may need an upgrade! One of the many ways heating and cooling experts provide you with peace of mind is by bringing logical/affordable solutions to you. What custom heating/cooling system will work best in your space? Should you be seeking out a heat pump or an air conditioning unit?
Reasons Why Heat Pumps Help Your Home Stay Habitable
You may be wondering what a heat pump is. It functions similarly to an air conditioning unit in that it can cool your home. Not only can they cool your space, but it is also able to reverse its function and distribute heat into your home. They transfer heat energy but do not generate heat. Instead, it takes heat energy from the outside and pumps it into your home. An air conditioning unit cannot transfer heat into your home–it absorbs heat energy and pushes it outdoors.
Here are a few of the perks having a heat pump offers:
- Pumps are dual-purpose. They not only heat but cool a space.
- Reduced humidity.
- They are cost-efficient. Unlike outdated heating and cooling systems, they can lower utility bills and ensure homeowners save money!
- Operation costs can get spendy–especially if you have a multi-faceted heating/cooling system in place. If you want to avoid expensive HVAC repair, owning a single system can significantly reduce operation costs.
- For those with less room to work with (especially those who live in crowded cities,) they offer space-saving alternatives.
- If you approve of plant-friendly options for your heating and cooling needs, they don’t use fossil fuels. That’s a perk for you and the environment!
- Compared to gas furnaces, indoor heat pumps may have a lower upfront cost and save more in the long term.
The Science Behind HVAC Quality Options
Want to find out “how does it work?” Here is a brief synopsis of the ins and outs of heat pumps and their technological feats of heating and cooling wonder! They are dual-purpose. They operate in heating modes and cooling modes. These systems have outdoor units and indoor units. Both use coils and fans.
Coils depending on the function they are “signaled” to perform, act as condensers or evaporators. The fan element moves the air to keep energy flowing and moving indoors or outdoors. A liquid refrigerant rejects and or rejects warm air as it goes through its circulatory process. Using a meticulous combination of pressure, heating air, condensing, and absorbing, heat pumps use physics to keep your home at the temperature you require to be comfortable! Want to know more?! Get in touch with some HVAC experts in your area to get all the details!
Making Decisions to Better Your Quality of Life
How do you decide on what HVAC system will work for you? It’s time to consider a few factors before deciding which option to choose. To help narrow it down to a custom solution that makes sense, here are a few questions you’ll need to answer:
- What type of climate do you inhabit?
- Will you need an alternate/backup heat source?
- How often will you need to use your heat pump or air conditioning unit?
- Are you looking for tax break incentives?
- What type of upfront costs are there?
- Will the option you choose save you more or less money than the alternative?
The type of climate you live in can help determine the type of HVAC system you choose. Freezing temperatures often dictate the need for an additional heat source, even with a heat pump installed. Do you plan on using your system year-round? Do you plan on utilizing it part-time? Heat pumps bring in cool and hot air. They see more use typically. Air conditioning units run during warmer months, so they see less use.
HVAC Repair for the Most Important System in Your Space
Your well-thought-out questions wouldn’t be complete without considering the necessity of having a working HVAC repair crew ready to serve you. No matter what HVAC system you select, you may have to deal with repairs in the future. If you already have a solution in place, HVAC repair may already be a necessity for you. Are you getting the most out of your heating and cooling system? Has it fallen in disrepair? Do your utility bills seem to be going up? It could be time for a call to the local repair team! It may be time for an entirely new solution to your heating and cooling concerns! What should you do? If you don’t know the answer, it may be time to ask someone who does!
Corman and Sons take your needs seriously. You require a heating and cooling system that caters to you. It’s all about custom answers for your unique environment. For some, indoor temperatures are ideal when they stay in the upper 60s. For others who need a little more warmth in their life, the 70s are their perfect range!
How can you choose what temp is right for you without having the proper system in place to ensure you get what you want? Need more guidance? Contact Corman and Sons today to determine what your ideal comfort level is. Your home should be a place you can go to and relax. Let the HVAC experts help you rediscover your paradise!
Why is My Air Conditioner Not Cooling my Home?
The most common reasons your air conditioning system is not cooling:
- Clogged, dirty, or incorrect type of filter.
- Thermostat is not adjusted properly.
- Air flow to the condenser is restricted or blocked.
- Low refrigerant/coolant.
- Ductwork connection has dislocated.
- Fuse or electrical connection has malfunctioned.
- Dirt accumulation at the condenser.
- Undersized HVAC system.
- Thermostat is broken.
- Compressor is failing.
AC Not Cooling House Troubleshooting Guide
When your air conditioning system isn’t cooling, pinpointing the cause is a process of elimination.
Let’s start at your thermostat…
Check the settings on your thermostat. Does your thermostat have power? Is is set to cool? If there is no power to the thermostat, your AC will not work. Ensure the setting is set to “cool” and not “heat.”
Then, head over to your filter…
- If your filter is clogged it will restrict airflow. If the incorrect filter is placed, it can also restrict or block airflow. Do you have a HEPA filter? Some older HVAC systems struggle to pull enough air through a HEPA filter. If you have an older HVAC system and you have a thick HEPA filter, try changing the filter to a filter with a lower MERV rating. Changing your filter is simple. Your HVAC filter should be changed every three months.Inspect Your Condenser (located outside, square shaped component)Your condenser should be free from dirt. Additionally, the area around your condenser should be clear and clean. If you have shrubs growing around the unit, it could be restricting air flow.If there is dirt and debris buildup around your condenser, you can simply clean it with a hose. Use a low pressure stream of water to wash off your condenser..
Many residential properties will have what’s called – a packaged HVAC system. This is where your system is located on the roof. If your AC is located on the roof, you will not have a condenser located in your yard.
If Your Air Conditioning System is Still Not Cooling, It’s possible one of these issues exist.
- Your AC system is low on refrigerant.
- A section of your ductwork connection dislocated.
- A fuse or an electrical connection has malfunctioned.
- If your HVAC is new, you may have an undersized HVAC system.
- Your compressor could be failing.
If one of these above issues exist, it’s best to call a licensed, qualified AC repair company to come onsite and diagnose your problem.
Why Do People Choose Corman & Sons to Fix their AC When It’s Not Cooling?
“Working with us you will save money, receive prompt, professional service, and have your property looked after.”
Mindy Rodriguez | Corman & Sons Owner
- Licensed and Certified through NATE
- Upfront, Honest, and Responsive
- BBB Members with an A+ Rating
- We Strictly Follow HVAC Code Regulations
- Bonded, Insured, and Qualified to Care for You and Your HVAC
- 16 Years in Business Serving Your Neighborhood
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Trane HVAC System Cost
When shopping for new central air equipment, understandably, price is at the forefront of your shopping initiative.
Because HVAC systems are not “plug and play,” calculating costs for these types of installations can vary greatly between units and the property they are being assembled in.
Before going over costs it’s important we mention- the most important decision you can make before purchasing your new HVAC unit, is choosing the right contractor. Why Choose a Trane Comfort Specialist?
Statistics have shown, about 25% of the money we spend in heating and cooling utility costs are due to inefficiencies in the way the HVAC system was installed.
The performance and longevity of your system will rely to a considerable degree on how the HVAC installer chooses to construct your system.
With that in mind, here are some typical prices for Trane units.
|Trane HVAC System||Average Price|
|Trane XV20i||$6,000 to $11,746|
|Trane XL20i||$4,561 to $10,325|
|Trane XL19i||$4,300 to $9,890|
|Trane XV18||$4,327 to $9,511|
|Trane XL18i||$4,000 to $9,000|
|Trane XR17||$3,850 to $8,817|
|Trane XL16i||$3,797 to $8,625|
|Trane XR16 or XB16||$3,692 to $8,564|
|Trane XR15||$3,485 to $8,419|
|Trane XL15i||$3,390 to $8,340|
|Trane XR14||$3,168 to $8,291|
|Trane XL14i||$3,099 to $8,187|
|Trane XR13||$3,060 to $7,234|
|Trane XB13||$2,955 to $6,250|
Trane HVAC System Reviews 2018
According to a recent study by AdWeek, statistics show that 81% of consumers conduct online research before making a major purchase. Stats also show that 60% of consumers will read product reviews online before choosing their product.=
When searching for reviews on HVAC systems, you will likely see more negative reviews than positive ones. In fact, Consumer Reports shows Trane as having a 1 out of 5 star review.
But here’s the problem with these reviews from Consumer Reports…
If you had a central air conditioner installed and it worked perfectly after installation, would you go online and write a positive review on the manufacturer or the HVAC installer?
Presumably, like most people, you would write the positive review on the HVAC installer, not the system manufacturer.
If your system failed prematurely, you would most likely blame the manufacturer of the equipment, not the HVAC installer.
In this circumstance, you would immediately go online and express your negative experience with your central air equipment and use the brand name as the culpable party.
What most consumers don’t understand, is that premature failure of your HVAC equipment is predominantly induced by the installing contractor.
If your equipment fails 2 years after installation, it’s probably the contractor’s fault, not the HVAC brand name.
Do you see why Consumer Reports can have a very skewed and oblique review on HVAC manufacturers?
Here at Corman & Sons, we install any make and model HVAC system. However, we get asked often…
“Which is the best HVAC system to go with?”
Although each answer can vary based on unique situations, we more than often recommend Trane.
Why does Corman and Sons recommend Trane?
After being in the HVAC industry for multiple decades, our experience servicing and installing Trane equipment, has been nothing short of remarkable. Not only do we see these systems outlast others, they have longevity, durability, and unique warranties.
We also experience first-hand how Trane stays on the cutting edge of technology to ensure each new unit runs at peak performance.
Additionally, Trane provides unparalleled support to their dealers and installers. When parts, accessories, or warranty replacements are needed, Trane has always delivered the best overall service to their dealers.
Trane HVAC System Ratings 2018
Trane makes a variety of residential HVAC products. You can view them all by visiting here: Trane Residential Products.
ConsumerReports.org had a large owner survey regarding the owner satisfaction with Trane. When it came to reliability, Trane had above average feedback from owners and HVAC experts.
Why does Trane have above average ratings?
A unique, and critical part of Trane’s longevity is their testing. Trane uses a performance factory to run their equipment in extreme heat, extreme cold, rain, and snow to ensure under harsh conditions the HVAC systems still work as intended.
Other Unique Features from Trane:
Spine-Fin Coils: Trane makes their coils out of aluminum. Which is 5 times more resistant to corrosion than coils made of copper. The design of the coil fosters more efficient heat transfer.
Variable Speed Cooling: Better humidity control, improved indoor air-quality, and quieter when operating are all features of Trane’s variable speed cooling abilities.
Proprietary Compressor: Instead of outsourcing the fabrication of it’s compressor, like nearly 80% of other companies, Trane makes it’s own compressor. This allows the system to work better and operate at optimum levels.
Exclusive Air Scrubbing System: Improved indoor air quality derives right inside the unit. Trane Clean Effects is a whole house air cleaner that is 100 times more effective than a standard air filter.
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Remember, the most important part isn’t the brand name you choose, but the contractor your hire to install it.
HVAC systems don’t snap together and plug in. When your contractor purchases the HVAC, it is in pieces and is uncalibrated.
Your HVAC installer really is the person at the end of the manufacturing line.
What to do when your HVAC air filter is wet?
Before you run your HVAC system again, you’ll definitely need to replace your filter. You’ll also want to confirm the cause of water.
Running your HVAC system while the filter is wet can spread moisture throughout your ductwork and home. This moisture, if left alone, can result in mildew and bacteria growth.
How to Clear a Clogged HVAC Condensation Drain?
If you can find the end of the drain, the simplest way is through the use of a shop-vac.
- Locate the end of the condensation drain.
- Utilizing a shop-vac, attach the hose to the condensate drain and seal the connection with tape, or a towel to create an air-tight connection.
- Turn the shop-vac on to attempt sucking out the debris from the drain.
If you’d like video instructions on how to achieve this, you can watch this brief YouTube video here: Unclog AC Condensation Drain Line
Need Help Getting Your Condensate Drain Line Cleared?
Our job is to be upfront, honest, and responsive.
Our HVAC experts are specially trained and hold the North American Technician Excellence Certification through N.A.T.E.
We will ensure your HVAC repairs are completed to building codes
That’s why more people in Florida count on us.
We Come Prepared to Take Care of You
We offer many services to make sure that we can meet your needs. We have the qualifications to make the appropriate recommendations for your property. Saving you money, and giving you peace of mind.
To provide you with clarity- the term “Freon” is commonly used to mean refrigerant. However, “Freon” is actually a brand name of refrigerant. There are different types of refrigerant, and your AC system needs a specific type.
How Do I Know if My AC Needs Freon/Refrigerant?
If your AC is not cooling your home, there could be a chance your system is low on refrigerant.
If you run your AC without the required amount of refrigerant, it can induce other problems.
If you suspect your HVAC system is low on freon/refrigerant, call us at 352-343-8578. If you explain what you are experiencing with your system, we can elaborate on the required steps to get your equipment operating again.
How Much Freon/Refrigerant Does My AC Need?
This depends on your specific AC system. Your HVAC equipment will come with a label that provides these specific details. The size of your air conditioner, the length of the copper refrigerant lines, the SEER rating, and the model of your system are variables that need to be considered, prior to knowing how much refrigerant your AC will need.
How Often Does My Air Conditioner Need Freon/Refrigerant?
As long as your system is leak free, your HVAC should not require freon/refrigerant.
Here is the reason why…
The refrigerant inside your AC is contained, and flows only through a sealed, closed loop set of coils. This freon just circulates through your closed system to help cool the air. Refrigerant is not designed to be used up like fuel inside of a vehicle. As long as your system does not have a leak, you should never need a freon charge.
If you are experiencing a situation where your HVAC is running but not cooling, you may have a refrigerant leak.
Would you like an HVAC specialist to evaluate your system for low refrigerant? We can help.
How Can I Tell if I My AC Is Leaking Refrigerant?
Without an appropriate pressure test, it would be challenging to confirm a refrigerant leak in your system.
However, the most common signs of refrigerant leaks are…
- Your AC is not cooling the home.
- Visible ice buildup on your evaporator coils
- Your AC system makes a “hissing” sound while running.
- The AC seems to run longer than normal.
- Recently higher utility bills.
- Heat blows out of your ducts instead of cool air.
If your HVAC system is having an issue and you would like to hire professional help, then we are the company to count on.
Typically, when your central air conditioner is blowing hot air, it’s due to these three main reasons:
- Your thermostat may be set to “Heat” and not “Cool”
- Your HVAC fan is “On” and not “Auto”
- Your compressor (located outside of your home) is clogged, dirty, or has malfunctioned.
These problems can be easily fixed by setting your thermostat to “Cool,” ensuring your HVAC fan is set to “auto,” and reassure your compressor is not clogged or dirty.
If you confirmed none of the above components are your issue- Why else would your home’s air conditioner be blowing warm air?
- Your compressor may have broken down.
- Your HVAC filter could be dirty or needs replacement.
- Tripped electrical breaker
- Insufficient quantity of freon/refrigerant.
If your compressor seems to be running, and you’ve checked all other aspects of your system, your HVAC unit may be leaking refrigerant.
Finding a refrigerant leak is extremely difficult unless you have specialized HVAC equipment to detect a leak in your refrigerant lines.
Refrigerant leak detection is best left to a licensed HVAC company.
Why Do More People Choose Corman and Sons for their Air Conditioning Repairs?
Our Integrity and Credibility – We have been serving people of Florida since 1992. Your neighbor probably knows us.
Our Advanced HVAC Equipment – Specialty tools allow us to diagnose faster, repair quicker, and save you money!
The Warranties We Provide to You – Pay only once for the repairs we make and you’ll have a guarantee that it will work right, or we fix it free!
Liability Insurances – Don’t hire contractors without adequate insurance. Who pays for accidents? We carry full insurance lines to protect you, your property, and our team members.
Our Reputation – Check out some of our many customer reviews online. You’ll see that we are rated 5-stars.
Licenses and Certifications – We come to your property more than qualified and our technicians are NATE certified.
Need help figuring out why your central air conditioner is blowing warm/hot air?
Don’t sweat… call Corman & Sons. We can handle it.
WHY IS ONE ROOM IN MY HOUSE HOTTER THAN THE OTHERS?
If one room in your home is more warm than the others, and you’ve already checked for closed duct vents, you may have an unbalanced HVAC system.
An unbalanced air conditioning system means that each room in your home is not getting an equal amount of conditioned air flow.
Unbalanced HVAC systems can be induced by inadequate installations or a flaw in the design and construction of your HVAC install.
COMMON PROBLEMS OF AN UNBALANCED HVAC SYSTEM:
- Insufficient quantity (or too many) vents in each room.
- Poorly insulated ductwork.
- Ductwork length too great and limits air flow.
- Ductwork design flaw.
- Undersized or oversized HVAC
- If your home had an addition or renovation you were unaware of before you came into possession.
Incorrect quantity of necessary vents.
An unbalanced HVAC system is not generally something that can be fixed by the average DIY person.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE AN HVAC SYSTEM?
Ensuring that all the air being distributed through your ductwork has an equal flow is the process of “balancing.”
First, an HVAC inspection needs to be completed. Then, a proper load calculation and air flow test is conducted to help zero in on the root cause. Finally, a plan for remedying can then be executed.
WHY SHOULD I BALANCE MY HVAC UNIT?
- Extends the life of your air conditioner
- Eliminates unequal hot and cold rooms
- Increases energy efficiency and can lower your utility bills.
WHY IS MY AC BUZZING/HUMMING? 5 REASONS YOUR AC IS HUMMING/BUZZING.
Several different problems can induce a buzzing/humming noise in your HVAC system.
The most common issues are:
- Failing Capacitor: A humming noise is common when the capacitor starts to break down.
- Malfunctioning Compressor: Incorrect amperage can trigger a loud buzzing sound.
- Loose Parts inside the HVAC: Your system has moving parts that need to work in sync. If a part becomes detached, noises occur.
- Refrigerant Leaks: Freon leaks may cause your system to freeze up. As a result, a buzzing sound may happen.
5. Fan Motor Seized:: When the fan is jammed or stuck, it creates a humming/buzzing sound as it’s trying to spin.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY AC IS HUMMING/BUZZING?
It’s best to stop running your HVAC system and contact an HVAC professional to evaluate and diagnose the cause of noise. Even if your AC is cooling the home while the noise occurs, it could be a sign of a more serious issue.
One of the greatest strengths of mini-split systems is their lack of ducts. AC ductwork can develop leaks and holes that reduce efficiency. Ductless HVAC systems have a service life that’s five to eight years longer for that reason alone. They’re also cheap to maintain. They rely purely on compressors and evaporator coils. They only need preventative maintenance twice a year.
Ductless heating technology is one of the most sophisticated designs in the HVAC industry. It’s finally bringing homeowners the power to achieve true temperature consistency. Mini-split systems are also a dream to maintain. They balance price, energy efficiency, and heating power beautifully, so you can finally enjoy constant comfort in every season.
One of the most critical domestic expenses is attributed to HVAC repair. To avoid incurring huge costs for your HVAC system, here is some basic information you need to know.
Can You Avoid HVAC Repair Through Preventative Maintenance?
Preventative maintenance of your HVAC can help minimize the risk of expensive breakdowns by up to 95%. Many homeowners end up calling HVAC repair professionals by neglecting their systems. Here are some ways you can save money through preventative maintenance:
- Prevent costly HVAC repair issues
- Prolong the life of your system
- Pay lower energy bills
Additionally, preventative maintenance improves the air quality in your home. This keeps your system from breaking down due to faulty air filters or other worn-out parts. According to the EPA, the levels of indoor airborne pollutants are higher than outdoor pollutants.
You can also improve the comfort of your home through preventative maintenance. This ensures you produce and distribute cool or warm air steadily.
What Are the Common Heating and Air Conditioning Issues?
Some common heating and air conditioning problems you should familiarize yourself with include refrigerant leaks, electric control failure, and sensor problems. If your HVAC system is low on refrigerant, it’s likely there’s a leak. You should consult a technician in such a situation since your HVAC is most efficient when the refrigerant charge isn’t undercharged.
If your heating and air conditioning system is turning on and off frequently, you likely have an oversized system. This can cause the fan and compressor controls to wear out. Another probable culprit is the corrosion of terminals and wires.
Sensor problems are also common for HVAC systems. These systems have a thermostat sensor that regulates air temperature. Problems with the sensors can cause your air conditioner to behave erratically.
What are ductless systems?
Ductless heating systems are elegant in their simplicity. They’re mounted on your interior walls, then linked to an outdoor compressor. This way, no ductwork needs to be created and you can enjoy consistent room temperatures at a decidedly low installation cost. All it takes is the drilling of a tiny hole. They’re silent, subtle, and cost-effective—so much so that the US Department of Energy says they cost 30% less than HVACs to install. Their zone control powers also give you tight control over your utility bills. They’re also more energy-efficient than most central systems. Thanks to their heat pump technology, they can heat your home in winter and cool it in summer, so they let you get away with one purchase for all seasons.
Understanding Efficiency Ratings
SEER is the energy-efficiency rating of choice for comparing HVAC systems. It measures energy efficiency. The higher the rating, the better the system. Energy-Star-rated mini-split systems are required to achieve a minimum of 15 SEER. They can reduce your energy bill by up to 30%, so you can look forward to cheap running costs and cozy winters as well as cooler summers. To add to those benefits, they’re easy to customize to your comfort. As in all things, though, the less you pay, the less you get, so don’t hold onto that economy unit too tightly. It might be more expensive in the long run.
How Effective is Ductless Heating and Air Conditioning?
Unlike HVAC systems, ductless heating units aren’t designed for whole-house heating, but if you install a unit in every room, you can enjoy the same effects. The market offers plenty of variety, so you can choose a range of different installations to suit your décor. Traditional designs won’t do much for your aesthetics, but recessed products can fix that problem effectively. These can be installed in three ways:
- As the name suggests, ceiling recessed units are mounted into the ceiling and provide a seamless aesthetic.
- Horizontal ducted systems are usually installed at the top of an outdoor wall, but they can also be placed closer to the floor. They need extra power to distribute air from this position, so they’re not always the best choice.
- Floor units blow air upwards and can be installed along the wall if you’re looking for a less intrusive aesthetic.
What Is the Difference Between Ducted and Ductless Heating Air Conditioners?
A ducted air conditioning system consists of air ducts, as the name suggests. The ducts consist of flexible ductwork or sheet metal inside the attic or underneath your home. The ducted system satisfies both heating and cooling needs. The air passes from the air conditioner unit through the ducts and goes to every room of your home through vents.
With the ductless heating air conditioners, there are no ducts in your attic or underneath your home. Instead of passing air through ducts, this system sends refrigerant to multiple air handlers. These air handlers deal with each room individually. They are installed on the ceiling or wall of each room.
Knowing the difference between ducted and ductless heating air conditioners is important when you go shopping for an HVAC system. Whether a ducted or ductless system is suited for your home will depend on several factors. For instance, if there’s no room for ducts and vents and you want multiple cooling zones, you should opt for a ductless heating system.