It's a tall task to replace your air conditioner in Phoenix and San Antonio! We understand that a properly functioning air conditioner during the summer months is a necessity. That’s why we take pride in providing high-quality AC Install, as well as unmatched pricing when you replace your air conditioning system.
From size to energy use and system specs, there’s a lot of things to consider when replacing your HVAC unit. With US Air Home Energy we focus on selling you the unit that best fits your needs, not the most expensive one. Let us help you choose the right system and have your AC installed by a company you can trust! US Air Home Energy provides award-winning air conditioning and heating brands along with award-winning installations. Call to schedule your FREE ESTIMATE today!
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US Air Home Energy wants to educate you when it comes to air conditioner replacement and ac install. Below is a little information that will help you in your decision-making process when it's time for you to choose a new air conditioner.
When it comes to investing in your air conditioning system, you first need to know what type of system you have but knowing the five major components required for an air conditioning system to work will help you understand your options and recommendations we make on our visit.
1. Compressor (compresses and pumps the refrigerant through the system, similar to a heart).
2. Evaporative Coil (absorbs/removes heat from in the home, thus cooling and conditioning your house).
3. Condenser Coil (expels heat from the refrigerant that was absorbed in the evaporative coil).
4. Condenser Fan Motor (moves air across the condenser, removing heat from the system)
5. Blower motor (runs warm indoor air across the evaporative coil allowing the coil to absorb the heat)
We want you to understand the components mentioned above. Below will help with understanding the different types of air conditioning systems.
Split system air conditioners are named appropriately because the AC System has two different housing components to house the functional components of the system. Furthermore, those components are split away from each other. You will find the condenser unit which has the compressor, condenser coil, and condenser fan motor, somewhere outside of the home. Secondly, you will find the air handler, which houses the evaporative coil and blower motor, somewhere inside the home (usually in the attic). The split system air conditioner gets its name because the two components are split away from each other. This type of air conditioner replacement takes the longest as well.
Note* A split system is capable of achieving a higher efficiency (rated in SEER, which we will get to later)
Package air conditioning systems are also named solely on the construct of the condenser and air handler. The condenser and air handler are manufactured in one component (or package) in this type of system. You will mostly see package systems on the roof of a home.
Note* Package systems air conditioners tend to be less expensive. Because of design, package ac units are unfortunately limited in efficiency.
Whether you have a split system air conditioner or a package system air conditioner you still must have a heating system for the winter. Gas heat (furnace) produces a great heat source for your home. A furnace works by igniting fuel through a burner system. The flames are then propelled into a heat exchanger which is getting extremely hot. As air is blown across the heat exchanger it warms up and is subsequently pumped into your home through your ducting system. Don't worry though, furnaces come with a multitude of features designed for the furnace to operate safely.
A newer technology in relation to the history of air conditioning and heating systems is the heat pump. This system utilizes the components of an AC system but it operates in reverse. A heat pump uses the refrigerant to absorb heat from outside during the winter and pump it into the home. Weird right? What most people don't realize is that the definition of heat doesn't necessarily relate to the human sensation of warm. Heat is existent in our atmosphere up until the temperature is about -200 Fahrenheit. Meaning even though you are cold when it is 40 degrees outside, there is still heat in the air that allows the heat pump to heat your home.
The Department of Energy rates air conditioning systems. This term used to rate an air conditioners efficiency is call SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). In Arizona, the lowest SEER rating available when you replace your air conditioner is 14 SEER. Trane offers a system that reaches a 20 SEER which is amazing for a central air conditioner. Here is a simple calculation to determine an air conditioners SEER rating.
Btu (of air conditioner)/Watts = SEER or 36,000 (Btu's of a 3 Ton)/ 1800 (Watts) = 20 SEER
There are multiple factors that play into an air conditioners efficiency. The type of compression, the type of blower motor, and the overall size of the condenser and evaporative coils.
Air Conditioners have three types of compressors. AC Units have either single stage, two stage, or variable speed compressors.
With a single stage compressor, the air conditioner has one speed and runs at one cooling output. This is the most common type of compressor currently found in a residential home. They are the most cost-effective, but they are the least efficient. Electricity cost will be greater with a single stage compressor vs a 2 stage or variable speed compressor. Your AC Install will cost the least with this type of compressor.
Two-stage compressors have two speeds. The benefits of two speeds not only effect comfort but also the efficiency of your air conditioner. Your air conditioner replacement should take into consideration the positive benefits of a two-stage compressor. 2 Stage Air Conditioners are engineered for the system to be able to calculate demand through a series of sensors.
AC systems are sized based on outdoor temperature and demand. We need to make sure that in the heat of summer the air conditioner can stand up to the task of keeping your home cool. However, in Arizona, we have over 100 days a year where the temperature gets over 90 degrees! THAT IS A NORMAL TEMPERATURE FOR MOST PLACES ALL SUMMER! During these "mild" Arizona temperatures your air conditioning system is actually bigger than it needs to be to keep your home cool. A two-stage compressor has sensors that can detect that and will "cycle down" and run at 70% output. Your home will still be cool, but electricity cost will be lower!
Variable speed is a relatively new technology, but it is by far the superior choice for air conditioning replacement. The compressor works off of the same theory as a 2 stage compressor, however, it has 750 DIFFERENT SPEEDS!!! A variable speed compressor is designed to never use more electricity than needed to keep your home comfortable. When you have your AC Install done by US Air Home Energy we love to show you the benefits of the Trane XV variable speed system.
If you would like to learn more about how we can customize your air conditioner replacement and AC install. Give US Air Home Energy a call today! We have knowledgeable representatives that are standing by to customize the right air conditioner replacement for you!