A package unit is a self-contained air conditioning appliance that typically is mounted on the roof of your home. In contrast, a configuration consisting of both outdoor and indoor components is a split system; the outdoor housing with the compressor and condenser typically sits at ground level next to your home, while the indoor components include the evaporator and are typically tucked away in the attic or a closet.
Each type has its advantages and drawbacks, but at Comfort Control Heating and Air Conditioning, our experience covers both and we can advise you as to which is best suited your home as well as which best addresses to your needs.
One of the most notable and vital components of your air conditioning system is the condenser coil. Located outside the home in a dedicated condensing unit, the coil must withstand all of the elements and all of the airborne debris that it is exposed to. But the condenser coil must stand firm for the air conditioning system to function, because it serves as one of the key components affecting the system’s overall reliability, cost effectiveness, efficiency and lifespan.
As we bid Summer goodbye and welcome the Fall on September 22, we are still enjoying many warm days. But time marches on and the closer we get to the start of Winter on December 21, the more we have to plan for chilly days and relying on our heating system to keep our homes warm and toasty.
At Comfort Control, we help you review your financing options so you don’t have to make decisions based solely on the cost of a system and what you can afford in the moment. One recourse that can ease the financial pinch of choosing the system best suited for you is Ygrene Works.
Ygrene (“energy” spelled backwards) loans do not lien your home, and when you sell the home it stays with the home so you keep your equity. So, HVAC upgrades give you more equity, lower your utility bills and you get to enjoy the upgrades for as long as you live there. The loans can be set up on a 5 year, 10 year, 15 year or 20 year term, and they are added as a Melaroos (property tax) that is paid annually. Interest rates range from 6.25% to 8.5% and a homeowner can qualify even if they have no income or lower credit scores.
When multiple people occupy a home, frequently one person’s sensation of comfort is another’s sensation of uncomfortable cold or warmth. When two such occupants share the same room at the same time, they will arrive at solutions such as adjustment and compromise. However, contemporary heating and cooling systems also acknowledge that different temperatures may be called for in different rooms of a single home. Alternatively, different rooms may be exposed to different conditions and thus require more or less heating and cooling than others to achieve optimal climate conditions. The solution in these situations is zoning.
We can only imagine that condensate drain lines are not high on the average homeowner’s list of concerns, but there are some drawbacks of poor planning and design as well as negative effects of neglect and corrosion to consider. At Comfort Control, one of the Service Pledges of our Maintenance Agreement list is to inspect the condensate drain line and clear out any obstructions. Otherwise, our customers could discover algae and mold growth, or even face expensive water damage to their home.
Suppose you have a new, top-of-the-line heating and air conditioning system, as well as excellent insulation and everything else that a modern home would benefit from in keeping the indoor temperature within comfortable bounds while using energy most efficiently. Is there still a role for a ceiling fan, or are they just a legacy appliance from a time before air conditioning?
The answer is: yes, ceiling fans can be effective if used right, but don’t be in a hurry to get one if your home does not already have one.
There are three basic tiers of air filtration for keeping the air circulating through the heating and cooling system clean, comfortable and healthful:
With energy efficiency a leading factor in the optimization of furnaces for the home, the best modern models are condensing furnaces. By capturing and condensing water vapor in the air, condensing furnaces take advantage of the tighter, more closed system that characterize modern homes and yielding ever better energy conservation. But a condensing furnace may require fine-tuning the intake and exhaust of air to balance levels of humidity in the home.