If you live in Contra Costa or the San Francisco Bay Area, you may have a room air conditioner or window unit. However, everyone has heard of central air conditioning, and to be truthful this type of cooling system is more efficient, quieter, and out of the way. At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we want you to understand central air conditioning before you jump in and upgrade your current system.
Let’s start from the beginning:
Central air conditioners circulate cool air throughout the rooms of your home using duct work that consists of supply and return ducts, and registers which are the grill covered openings that deliver conditioned air to the inside of your home. When the air inside your home becomes warm, it is recooled using the central conditioner before being recirculated as cool air. Central air conditioning systems are also capable of dehumidifying the air delivered to your home.
Split systems and packaged
Packaged models typically sit on a concrete slab outdoors or on the roof, and are designed so that all of the components/equipment are in one cabinet. Packaged systems frequently work to both cool and heat a home.
Split systems are usually the best choice for homes that already have a heating system, and consist of two metal cabinets, one indoors and one outdoors. The evaporator portion (and sometimes heat pump equipment) is located in the metal cabinet that is installed indoors, the condenser and compressor cabinet outdoors.
Factors to consider when purchasing central cir conditioning for your Contra Costa home
Today’s air conditioners are far more energy efficient than older models. If you are ready to replace, be sure your new system is properly sized, and installed by an experienced professional. Proper installation is key to efficient operation and the longevity of your equipment. Also look for:
- A fan-only switch for ventilation at night and added money savings
- Variable speed air handlers
- SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and EER (High Temperature Rating). These numbers indicate how much energy your system will use under normal circumstances and when temperatures are higher than normal
Considering a new central air conditioning system? Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, your local Contra Costa central air professionals, are dedicated to quality equipment, expert installation, and service after the sale. Contact our air conditioning installation pros today.