Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning System Installation’

The Packaged AC Unit—What It Is, When It’s a Good Idea

Monday, August 19th, 2019

technician-with-packaged-unitThere are several types of central air conditioning systems available for homes, but the most common one is the split system. This is what most people think of when they think of residential air conditioners. There are also mini split systems, a.k.a. ductless air conditioning, which have increased in popularity over the past decade and are often installed into older homes that lack ducts.

In this post, we’re going to look at a third type of residential air conditioning system, the packaged AC unit, which is the dominant type of cooling system for commercial buildings but can also work for a home. If you want to know fuller details about packaged air conditioning systems, feel free to call our experts at Comfort Master. They can answer all your questions and schedule an air conditioning replacement in Raleigh, NC.

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What Do the Efficiency Ratings on an AC Mean?

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

ENERGY-STARThe simple answer to this question: The efficiency ratings found on air conditioning systems indicate how well the unit converts its electrical power into cooling output. The higher the rating number, the less energy goes to waste—and, usually, the less it costs to run.

You may have figured out this much on your own. What you really want to know is what the specific efficiency ratings mean for air conditioners: EER and SEER. This is also basic to understand without bringing in the hard math. However, as we’ll explain later, you’ll still require the assistance of an air conditioning service company in Raleigh, NC when the time comes to pick a new unit to install. An efficient air conditioning system that’s not the right fit for a home, or which was installed poorly, will end up wasting energy anyway.

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Why Are My Cooling Bills Already So Steep?

Monday, June 10th, 2019

air-conditioner-money-saverAs warmer weather starts, the ACs all through the Triangle will start coming on. When that happens, electrical bills will begin to rise and more power goes to run the air conditioning systems’ compressors—the big workhorses of any air conditioner.

You’re probably used to seeing this uptick in your electrical bills once the cooling season starts, the same way you expect to see your gas bills rise during the winter when you have your furnace running. (Or, if you use an electric furnace or a heat pump, your electrical bills.) But if you’ve noticed the rise in electrical costs is far more than in the past, something may be up. Unless you’re running the air conditioner much more than usual or the cost of electricity has risen steeply, you may need to have air conditioning repair in Chapel Hill, NC to get those bills back down.

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How HVAC Experts Know What AC to Install for a Home

Monday, April 15th, 2019

air-conditioning-collageReplacing an old air conditioning system is something you can schedule for any part of the year. But the spring is the best season for it, since the hot weather hasn’t arrived yet but is just around the corner.

Choosing a new AC for a replacement isn’t a simple process of just looking over various models and picking the one that best fits your budget. To ensure you get the right unit and that it’s installed correctly, look to a licensed professional HVAC company in Garner, NC or elsewhere in the Triangle Area. An expert will find out what air conditioning system to install to keep your house cool for many summers to come.

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Why We Recommend Zone Controls for Your HVAC System

Monday, February 4th, 2019

relaxed-young-womanWhen spring arrives this year, you may be looking to have a new HVAC system installed for your home. Spring is a good time to have this done, between the winter and summer weather, and it’s easier to schedule the service with our technicians at a convenient time because we aren’t as busy handling major troubles for cooling or heating in Raleigh, NC.

If you’d like a head start thinking about spring installation plans, we have a proposal for you: making zone controls part of your new HVAC system.

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The Future of Your AC (Yes, It’s Time to Think About It)

Monday, October 1st, 2018

fall-pumpkins“Wait, it’s October! Why should I worry about my air conditioning system when I’m getting ready to have the heating system on?”

First, it’s always a wise idea to pay attention to the AC in the fall in case you might need it again during a surprise hot day. But we’re not talking about air conditioning repair in Durham, NC specifically this time. You can always call us to take care of any repairs, and we urge you to act fast at the first sign of problems, no matter how late in the summer.

What we’re talking about here is making long-term plans with your air conditioner: thinking about the summers ahead and if your current AC system can handle them. Because fall is a less busy period for the HVAC service industry, it’s one of the best times to schedule a major job like replacing an old air conditioning system.

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Sizing an AC Doesn’t Mean Exactly What You Think

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

tools-on-ac-unitWe can list many reasons why new air conditioning system installation must be left to professionals. One of them is only experienced HVAC technicians can do the calculations necessary for proper new cooling unit sizing.

What does sizing mean? It sounds like the technicians are taking measuring tape to find out how large the AC can be so it will fit into the space available. Which does sound a touch silly. Of course, a new air conditioner must be the right size to fit in a house, but why hire professionals for a job anybody with measuring tape could do just as well?

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Should You Install a Ductless AC System?

Monday, August 6th, 2018

room-with-ductless-mini-splitIf you’ve ever been in an air-conditioned building and noticed a unit up on the wall that looked like streamlined version of a window AC without having to protrude through a window, then you’ve seen part of a ductless AC. A ductless mini split system (as it’s also called) combines the benefits of a standard central AC with a window unit: point cooling with the cooled air sent directly into the space, but able to cool multiple rooms.

As ductless mini splits grow in popularity, more homeowners are confronted with choosing between going with a conventional split system air conditioner that relies on ducts and a ductless system. If you’re struggling with the question, or you’ve only started to consider it, we recommend you call a trustworthy Raleigh, NC, HVAC contractor to help you. You’ll need professionals to eventually install either system, so have them on board early to assist you with making the best choice.

We can provide some help to get you started thinking about whether ductless will work for you.

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Why Closing Room Vents Isn’t “Zone Control”

Monday, July 24th, 2017

room-ventOne of the services that we’re proud to offer our customers when it comes to air conditioning in Wake Forest, NC is installing zone control systems. With zone controls, you can manipulate temperature levels in different areas of your house separate from one another. There are plenty of benefits to this, such as providing individual comfort for people in your household (no more wrangling over the thermostat when people don’t agree on temperature) and reducing your energy bills by only cooling parts of the home that need it (helpful if you have a guest room).

However, when people hear about the basics of zone controls—dampers inside the ducts shutting off airflow to specific vents—they sometimes wonder why can’t they just do zone control by closing the shutters over the room vents.

There are two good reasons why they can’t: 1) It doesn’t work. 2) It can damage the HVAC system. Let’s take a closer look.

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Why a Bigger Air Conditioner Isn’t Necessarily a Better Air Conditioner

Monday, August 15th, 2016

When you’re planning to replace an old air conditioning system, or perhaps install a new air conditioner for a home that doesn’t have one, you’ll encounter a number of important choices about what type of unit to get. Perhaps the most important question to answer is, “How powerful an AC do I need?” Unfortunately, people tend to answer this question incorrectly because they automatically favor going larger than going smaller.

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