Frequently Asked Questions
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How does an air conditioner work?
An air conditioner works by dehumidifying, cleaning, and circulating the indoor air. The filter inside the air conditioning unit traps dust along with particles that are in the air. The air blower inside the air conditioner circulates the air through refrigeration.
This refrigeration works by absorbing the heat inside the room and transferring it outdoors. The air conditioning unit itself has two units inside. These are the indoor unit and the condensing unit.
The indoor unit removes the warm air and humidity. It has a filter, an evaporator coil as well as an air handler. The air is blown via the evaporator coil.
The refrigerant within the evaporator coil is really what helps maintain it cold. When air travels across the evaporator coil it cools because of the refrigerant. Humidity condenses when it comes in contact with the cold surface of the coil.
The dry cool air is distributed back into the housethrough ducts, in either the floor or ceiling, to keep it at a comfortable level.
The condensing unit releases heat to outdoors which was captured indoors. The exact same refrigerant that absorbed the heat indoors is then pressurized by the compressor and then it is distributed through another coil called the condensing coil.
The condensing coil whenever under extreme pressure will cause the refrigerant to release the heat it contains quickly and the coil becomes hot. A fan is utilized to blow over the coil which causes it to cool and after that moves the heat to outdoors.
What in common do good central air units have?
Good units have the following in common: They're efficient using a minimal amount of electricity to keep your electric bills down and they provide good service for many years, they are quiet, long-lasting and require very little service.
How do I know I have the right size unit?
An air conditioner that is too small will not keep your home cool. Likewise, a system that is too big for your home will switch on and off a lot more than necessary and waste energy and put a strain on the compressor.
Mike Counsil Air Conditioning & Heating will check out your whole home's air conditioning needs by taking a look at window sizes and exposure to sun and cold, floor space, insulation or lack of inside walls and ceiling. We will also check any appliances that generate heat, the direction your home is facing and how much of your home's exterior is shaded by trees.
Which air conditioners are energy efficient?
Air conditioner manufacturers must rate their equipment according to its energy efficiency. This rating is known as a SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the equipment will be.
Lots of new homes with central air also come with a typical builder's model. However, when it's time to replace the unit a property owner can go to an even more energy efficient system.
A higher number SEER model is normally higher priced but this expense is made up by the decrease in your home's energy bills in the long run.
What is the best setting for my thermostat, "auto" or "on"?
The best setting for your air conditioning unit is "AUTO". In this way the fan only activates when the temperature requires it. If you manually utilize the "ON" setting then the air is circulated through the air filter and because the air is constantly being circulated the temperature stays more even in the house.^The preferred setting for your air conditioning unit is "AUTO". This way the fan only turns on when the temperature requires it. If you manually use the "ON" setting then the air is circulated and filtered through the air conditioner filter and because the air is constantly being circulated the temperature stays more even in the house.
Should shrubs or flowers be planted around an outdoor unit?
Yes they may be planted no closer than 18 inches to the unit. This tends to allow room for air flow in and out of the unit.^Yes you can plant shrubs or flowers around an outside unit however they should be planted no closer than 18 inches to the unit. This will allow room for air flow in and out of the unit.
Is it necessary to change the indoor and outdoor units at the same time?
Yes they should be replaced at the same time. The air conditioning was designed to be a completely matched system. Because of this , they should be replaced at the same time.^Yes the air conditioner is made to be a completely , matched system. Therefore, when you replace one unit you should replace the other as well.
What's the difference between a split system and a package unit?
A split system uses indoor and outdoor components to allow for an entire home comfort system. A package unit is a self-contained unit that does not require any air handlers, external coils, or heating units.^A split system uses indoor and outdoor components to allow for an entire home comfort system. A package unit is self-contained plus it doesn't need any air handlers, external coils, or heating units.
My air conditioning unit ices up with frost on the coil and copper tubing. What causes this?
There could be a few reasons for this happening. This is often due to a not enough maintenance. When a unit freezes up there is a not enough airflow or a lack of refrigerant (FREON). A regular maintenance check this can help prevent this from happening and Mike Counsil Air Conditioning & Heating can help make sure all the airflow ducts are free and clear and your refrigerant (FREON) is charged up to the proper level to get the best performance.^There could be different reasons behind this happening. Most of them are because of a lack of servicing. When an air conditioner freezes up it's because there is a lack of airflow or a lack of refrigerant (FREON). If you have a regular maintenance check this will prevent this from happening and Mike Counsil Air Conditioning & Heating will make sure all the airflow passages are free and clear plus your refrigerant (FREON) is charged up to the proper level.~