Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Installation’

When is it More Cost-Effective to Replace My Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 21st, 2017

air-conditionerEven if you take the best possible care of your air conditioner, you won’t be able to keep it up and running forever. Sooner or later there’s going to come a point where it costs more money to keep the air conditioner running than it does to replace the entire thing. It’s important that you are able to recognize when that time is, so that you can replace the system with minimal downtime. You don’t want to have the system break down permanently in the middle of a hot summer day, do you? With that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the signs that you might want to install a new air conditioner. (more…)

What Air Conditioning Tonnage Means

Monday, July 10th, 2017

technicians-evaluate-air-conditioning-systemWe hope that your air conditioning system is working at peak performance, seeing how we’re already deep into summer and dealing with warm to hot temperatures regularly. But sometimes, no matter how well you care for an AC, it can abruptly break down in the middle of the year and make it necessary to replace it.

When you have to arrange for an air conditioning replacement, it’s vital to have professionals do the work. There are many reasons for this. One of them is that it takes special skills to find out the correct tonnage of the new cooling system. (more…)

Can Air Conditioning Be Added to My Older House?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

ductless-mini-split-and-remoteCentral air conditioning first entered homes in the 1920s. However, these were expensive luxury items that only the wealthiest could afford. It wasn’t until the 1950s and the invention of the window air conditioning unit that air conditioning started to become widespread. In the 1960s, central air conditioning started to become a standard part of new home construction: ductwork was designed to be placed between walls and in the attic so cooled air from an evaporator and air handler could travel to the different rooms.

However, if you live a home that was built before central heating and cooling became commonplace (and there are plenty of these older homes here in Western North Carolina), there won’t be space for ductwork to allow for standard central cooling—not unless you have large house of the home ripped out. Will you just have to rely on window air units? We’re sure you won’t want that, since window units are inefficient, look unpleasant, and can add a security risk to your home.

But there is a way to add central air conditioning to an older home without making significant changes to it: The answer is ductless mini split systems. Installing a ductless mini split system won’t require doing major remodeling work to install ducts wherever installers can find a place to squeeze them in. Ductless systems combine the power and convenience of central air conditioning with the small size and direct cooling of a window unit. (more…)

Why We Think a Heat Pump Is Great for a Spring Installation

Monday, May 1st, 2017

cooling-and-heating-house-symbolsWe often talk about how advantageous the spring time is for upgrading and replacing your home’s existing HVAC equipment. Like fall, spring is a transitional time of the year when weather patterns are milder, providing excellent conditions for taking out old equipment and putting in new, higher efficiency ones.

If you have an AC system you think is too old to handle another summer here in Western North Carolina (and if it’s older than 15 years, then it’s too old), having our professionals put in a new air conditioner in Spring will get you ready in time for the hottest weather of the year. It’s also easier to work the job into our schedule—and yours—during this time.

However, you may consider having a heat pump installed rather than an air conditioner. Here are some reasons we recommend giving a heat pump installation serious consideration for the spring. (more…)

Replacing an Air Conditioner in Spring: A Few Things to Consider

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

air-conditioning-grillAlthough the spring season officially starts in the third week of March, it doesn’t really seem like spring until the calendar flips over to April. Even then it doesn’t mean warmer weather will rapidly sweep in and tell everyone that winter is fully in the past.

However, here in Wester North Carolina, we’re already enjoying temperate weather, with some rain as well, in these first days of April. If you’ve thought about installing a new air conditioning system to replace your home’s older model, now is the time to jump onto this task. You want to be ready for the summer heat when it arrives… and it will almost certainly arrive before the official first day of summer. (more…)

The Sizing of an Air Conditioning System: Why It’s Important

Monday, July 11th, 2016

One of the most prevalent misunderstandings of air conditioning systems is that it isn’t really important what “size” of air conditioner you have installed in your house. Just get the biggest one you can afford, and everything will be fine. We understand why people might have this misunderstanding: it only seems natural that if a house has a large system, it can simply be “dialed down” as necessary—and there will always be enough cooling for even the hottest day. Nonetheless, it’s still a misunderstanding, as we’ll explain below. (more…)

Air Conditioning Installation Guide: Why Do I Need to Look at the SEER Number?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

You probably wouldn’t purchase a car without reviewing its miles per gallon (mpg) rating because this rating provides you with some very important information. A SEER number for your air conditioner provides you with similar information, but not many homeowners are familiar with SEER ratings and what they tell you. When you work with an AC specialist from Comfort Central, Inc., on your air conditioning installation in Asheville, NC, you’ll review different SEER ratings as part of your installation process. To help you, our professionals have put together some information so you can better understand how this rating affects you. (more…)

Asheville, NC Air Conditioning Installation Question: What is a Two Stage Air Conditioning System?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Consumers looking for a new air conditioning system may hear the term “two stage air conditioning” when comparing the different models available. But what is a two stage air conditioning system exactly? And more importantly, what benefits does it provide to homeowners in the Asheville, NC area? As the name implies, two stage air conditioning systems have two modes of operation. During hot days, the air conditioning works at full capacity to keep your home cool and comfortable. Then when temperatures drop, the system switches to a lower capacity: fine for maintaining cool temperatures when the weather outside is more temperate. The cooling cycle lasts longer in the lower stage, and generally creates a more even temperature within the household.

What does all that mean? For the homeowner, it usually translates to lower bills. Air conditioners spend a lot of energy turning on and off, especially when temperatures aren’t so warm and the system needs to cycle on and off to keep your home from getting too cold. A two stage air conditioning system maintains longer, more even cycles… using less energy and keeping those electric bills in check.

Two-stage air conditioners also are a great way to deal with humidity, which Asheville, NC residents are all-too familiar with in the summer months. The longer cycles pull moisture out of the air more efficiently, making the air drier and more comfortable without expending any additional energy.

The exact type of technology used depends on the model of air conditioner. Some two-stage air conditioners use multiple compressors; one compressor turns on when temperatures are mild, with more kicking in as the mercury starts to rise. Other systems uses a single multi-speed compressor which shifts between modes and works harder during the hottest days of the year.

Air conditioning installation costs for a two-stage system may be a little higher than older one-stage systems, but you can often see the pay-off in lower bills and increased comfort. When the time comes to consider your Asheville, NC  air conditioning installation options, call the technicians at Comfort Central for a consultation. We’ll discuss the specifics with you and help you determine if a two-stage air conditioning system is right for you. Comfort Central is dedicated to prompt and professional service, whether it be air conditioning installation, repair, or maintenance services. Set up a meeting with us today; we can show you the advantages that a two-stage air conditioning system provides.

Air Conditioning Tip: What’s the Best System for My Home?

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Are you looking for a new air conditioner? There is a wide variety of system types and brands on the market today, so you may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of having to select just one. Fortunately, we have AC technicians who are ready to help. In figuring out what is the best system for your home, you need to figure out what you are really looking for in a cooling system, what you’re willing to spend and, most of all, what size of system you’ll need. This is why professional installation is so critical to the future of your comfort. Call Comfort Central today for comprehensive Asheville, NC air conditioning services.

Let’s take a look at just a handful of air conditioners that you can get for your home.

  • Central air: As one of the most popular ACs in the country, the central air is well known for its sturdy performance. It is a “split” system, which means that it has an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor evaporator/air handler. The outdoor unit is responsible for thermal dissipation and the indoor unit for the cooling and cool air distribution. This system requires ductwork to extract warm indoor air from your home and to distribute the cool after it has gone through the air handler.
  • Heat pump: A heat pump works just like an air conditioner, but it has one major distinction that sets it apart. It can also be used to heat your home during the colder months. It has a reversing valve that allows it to reverse the refrigerant cycle, so that the thermal energy of even colder air can be used to heat your home.
  • Ductless mini split: As its name suggests, the ductless mini split doesn’t use ducts to distribute cool air into your home, but rather its indoor unit sits directly in the living space. It has a sleek and compact profile that typically suspends from the ceiling or sits high on the wall. It connects to the outdoor unit by means of a set of drainage, electrical and refrigerant lines. It is highly energy efficient due to its lack of ductwork.

Call Comfort Central today if you’re in need of professional Asheville, NC air conditioning services. 

The Benefits of a Properly Sized Air Conditioning System

Monday, June 17th, 2013

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system in Asheville, NC, then you need to make sure it is properly sized above all other considerations. Whether you opt for a tried and true central air from Trane, a highly energy efficient Mitsubishi ductless mini split cooling and heating system, or even a geothermal system, you need to ensure that your new AC matches the size of your home. If it doesn’t, you might be making a poor investment in your future comfort, no matter how high the quality of the equipment. Call Comfort Central today for comprehensive air conditioning services in Asheville, NC, including thorough, quality installation.

Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of a properly sized AC:

  • Performance: This is why you got a new system. You need it to perform well no matter what the outside temperature and humidity may be. But you cannot expect consistent performance unless your AC is properly sized. If your system is too large, then it will be subject to short cycling, which can lead to inadequate cooling and even over-cooling. If your system is too small, then it simply won’t be able to keep up with your cooling needs during the summer. It will constantly have to overwork itself to be able to cut the Raleigh summer air.
  • Energy efficiency: While we cannot control the costs of energy in our area, we can control how we use it, and one way to boost your energy efficiency is by upgrading to a new cooling system. However, if your system short cycles or can’t keep up with your cooling needs, then it will lead to energy inefficiency.
  • Improved longevity: You need your new system to last. After all, a new AC is a large investment of your time and resources. But an AC of inappropriate size will endure increased levels of wear and tear over the years. This lack of compatibility may increase the risk of repairs and even premature replacement.

But just installation is not enough to ensure the ongoing integrity of your system. You also need professional routine maintenance to keep your system clean and in good operating condition. Call Comfort Central today for superior Asheville, NC air conditioning services.