Upgrading Your AC System? San Francisco HVAC Experts Answer Questions

Whether you’re considering a new air conditioner in the San Mateo or Contra Costa areas or are in need of air conditioner repair, there are a few questions you may want to ask your HVAC expert. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that when you have questions while getting your existing air conditioner repaired or having a brand new system installed, the answers you may get sometimes seem like a lot of “technical jargon” that goes right over your head. If you’re considering an upgrade, it’s particularly important that you understand some of the common HVAC terms.

Knowing the meaning of these terms can help you in the selection of a new HVAC system, so that you know you’re getting the right size system for your heating/cooling needs. Essentially, you will save money by having the right system installed, rather than one that is too small or too large for your needs.

SEER – This abbreviation stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.” When comparing units, the higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficiency you will enjoy, resulting in savings on your utility bill. A SEER rating is simply the ratio of electrical input to cooling output.

Cooling load – When an indoor space is at its normal temperature without the air conditioner running, this is known as the cooling load. All factors that contribute to the heat load (insulation, windows, etc.) are considered. This helps your HVAC expert know what size system will efficiently cool that area.

Cooling capacity – This is one of the most important terms you need to understand when having air conditioner repair or installation performed in your home. Cooling capacity is expressed in terms of BTU/h, or British thermal units per hour. Essentially, this factor measures the extent to which your air conditioning unit can meet the cooling demands of a specific cooling load.

BTU/h – The British thermal units per hour actually measure how much cool air is capable of being put out by your air conditioner system on an hourly basis.

At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we want homeowners to understand how HVAC systems work, how to determine which system is best for your needs, and how the efficiency of your system affects money savings. If you are considering the installation of a new HVAC system in your Contra Costa or San Mateo home, call the San Francisco HVAC experts at Ortiz – we’re the trusted professionals you can count on for answers to all of your questions.