Can I get a quote over the phone?
No, to ensure you have the most appropriate cooling and heating system, our Comfort Advisors take many measurements to calculate the proper tonnage your new system should have. One of our Comfort Advisors would be happy to provide you a comprehensive quote. Contact us if you would like your free estimate.
Why does tonnage of an air conditioner matter?
Tonnage measures the amount of air an air handler moves. It is important to have the appropriate ton air conditioner for your unit to work efficiently and properly. If the tons per system are too much for a home, the unit short cycles and won’t remove humidity. If the tons per system are too little, meaning the unit is too small for a home, it won’t cool them home. The system will continue running causing high energy costs.
Our Comfort Advisors will look at all the specs of your home and design a system specifically for your home’s size and heat output.
How do I know if I have a quality air filter?
Our Comfort Advisors and Technicians would be happy to demonstrate a high quality filter from a low quality filter using the salt test. Essentially, if a filter is high quality, when salt is poured on the filter, it shouldn’t leak through the other side of the filter.
Why do I need to get annual maintenance?
To ensure you get the best efficiency out of your air conditioning system, it is important to have it maintained at least annually. If your unit is not properly maintained, it could lose 5% of operating efficiency every year because of debris build up that obstructs the airflow of the condenser.
For more information about annual maintenance, visit our page Why Is Regular Maintenance So Important?
What are some important factors to consider when purchasing an air conditioner?
Cost is certainly number one, but to make sure you can be confident about your purchase, here are some other factors to consider.
SEER rating – measures the efficiency of a unit
Manufacturer of the unit
Warranties available for unit
Company – make sure the company installing the unit is a certified contractor
Correct Size – If a unit is too big, it short cycles and won’t remove humidity. If a unit is too small, it will run continuously without cooling.
Permits – a certified contractor will take care of permitting so you don’t have to worry about it.
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What is AHRI?
The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute.
What is CFM?
A volume of airflow measurement which stands for Cubic Feet/Minute.
What is IAQ?
IAQ is Indoor Air Quality. Smoke, dust, allergens, etc., all affect indoor air quality. It is important to use a quality filter to trap particles and allergens to improve indoor air quality.
If you have any questions about how to improve the indoor air quality in your home, please contact us at (941) 485-2222.
What is BTU?
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. It is the amount of energy required to cool or heat a pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.
What is AFUE?
AFUE, Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, measures heating equipment’s efficiency in converting energy by projecting the average thermal efficiency for a heating season. Higher AFUE ratings means greater efficiency.
What is SEER?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is a measurement similar to MPG for vehicles. It is the amount of cooling produced divided by the amount of electricity used.
For more information, check out our blog on SEER.
What does HEPA stand for?
HEPA, High Efficiency Particulate Arresting, is a type of filter. HEPA filters meat strict standards of efficiency set by the US Department of Energy.
What is MERV?
MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Report Value. It is a rating to measure the effectiveness of air filters. The higher the MERV rating the more effective the filter. The key to choosing the correct filter is to balance indoor air quality and system required air flow.
What is EER?
MERV stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio which measures the cooling capacity at one condition.
Cooling Capacity (Btu/h) / Input Power (watts)
What is ASHRAE?
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioner Engineers.
What is COP?
Coefficient of Performance is another way to measure heating or cooling efficiency.