What is a Matched AC System?

With modern air conditioning systems, both the indoor and outdoor unit are matched together. We wanted to explain a little bit about what that means and why it’s important for your home. If you need any services for your air conditioning in Brevard, NC, make user that you call the experts at Comfort Central.

Air conditioning systems are given a particular SEER rating which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It describes how much cooling the system produces during a season and how much energy it uses to do so. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system is. Many manufacturers submit their equipment to a third party, independent testing organization called the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerant Institute (AHRI) so that their customers know that their claims about the SEER rating are valid.

Central air conditioning systems are often referred to as “split” because they use an indoor evaporator unit and an outdoor condensing unit. Many of these units receive their SEER rating based on the operation of both the indoor and outdoor unit. These systems are called “matched” because they are designed to work with each other and not with any other brand or type of unit.

If you want to know if your particular air conditioning system is matched, you can ask your air conditioning contractor for the AHRI certificate which will have the Certified Reference Number. AHRI keeps a database and the number can be used to find your unit there.

Deciding on a new AC system is a huge decision—one that you have to live with for many years. If you are thinking about replacing part of your AC system, make sure you talk to a professional contractor about matching systems and what solution makes the most sense for your home.

Call Comfort Central if you have any questions!

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