Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

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Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

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upgrading your air conditioner,  NevadaIt can feel like you need to learn another language when you’re upgrading your air conditioner, with all of the industry-specific terms used by HVAC professionals. But with this handy glossary, you can understand the terms and make informed choices when you’re upgrading your air conditioner.

  • British Thermal Units: The basic unit of heat transfer. This term is used in the industry because air conditioners transfer heat out of your home. What inches are to distance, BTUs are to cooling.
  • Ton: When used in reference to upgrading your air conditioner, a ton has nothing to do with weight. Rather, an air conditioning ton represents 12,000 BTUs of heat transfer per hour.
  • Cooling load: The number of BTUs needed to cool your home on a hot day. You must calculate your home’s cooling load to determine how many tons of air conditioning you need.
  • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio: The average number of BTUs provided for each watt of electricity. A higher SEER number indicates higher A/C efficiency.
  • Delta T: The change in temperature as air passes through the evaporator coil of an A/C.
  • Air handler: The indoor half of a central air conditioning system and the part that actually cools your house. An air handler can be single-speed or variable-speed, with the latter being more energy efficient.
  • Condensing unit: The outdoor half of an A/C system. It transfers the indoor heat to the outdoor air.
  • Compressor: The pump that circulates refrigerant through the system. Some compressors are two-stage, which means they operate more efficiently.
  • Coils: There are two coils in an A/C system: the outdoor condensing coil and the indoor evaporator coil. The evaporator coil absorbs heat from the air, and the condensing coil releases that heat to the outdoors.
  • Refrigerant: The substance that flows through the coils, alternately evaporating (to absorb heat) and condensing (to release heat).

For assistance in upgrading your air conditioner, contact the Nevada professionals at Las Vegas Air Conditioning. We serve homeowners in Green Valley, Las Vegas, Henderson and Las Vegas County.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, .

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Home A/C Efficiency — How Does Your Current SEER Compare To New High-Efficiency Models?

Home A/C Efficiency — How Does Your Current SEER Compare To New High-Efficiency Models?

Home A/C Efficiency — How Does Your Current SEER Compare To New High-Efficiency Models?

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Home A/C Efficiency — How Does Your Current SEER Compare To New High-Efficiency Models?

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home a/c efficiency, Las Vegas, NevadaIf you’re thinking about upgrading your air conditioner, efficiency is likely at the forefront of your mind. New higher-efficiency models outperform older models by using technology that improves energy savings and comfort, and they’re worth the investment.

To investigate A/C efficiency, you’ll need to become familiar with the seasonal energy efficiency ratio, a rating system developed by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute. The SEER rating of any air conditioner expresses its output over a cooling season compared to the amount of electricity required.

The government has set minimum standards for A/C efficiency, and since 2006, all air conditioners have had to be rated at least SEER 13. If you’re upgrading an old, inefficient system, and you have a SEER 8 model, you’ll gain considerable savings just by choosing a SEER 13 unit.

High-efficiency systems, however, begin at SEER 16, which could double your energy savings potential. These systems can achieve higher ratings because they use:

  • Improved coil design to maximize refrigerant use
  • Thermal expansion valves, which precisely meter just enough refrigerant on a minute-by-minute basis
  • Two-stage cooling, using compressors that run at two speeds (low speed for milder temperatures and high speed for extreme temperatures)
  • Variable-speed air handlers, which deliver Las Vegas air Conditioning at multiple speeds. With this feature, your A/C will be able to better dehumidify the air and produce consistently even home temperatures.

Other features that can boost savings and comfort include a fan-only and/or an automatic-delay fan switch.

You’ll also want to investigate the energy efficiency ratios of the air conditioners you’re looking at. It’s another ratings system, but EER expresses efficiency at higher temperatures (above 95 degrees) and higher humidity (above 50 percent).

Consider efficiency ratings as you compare units, and look for comfort features in order to maximize your investment. For more information, contact Las Vegas Air Conditioning. We have served homeowners in Nevada since 2002.

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What HSPF And SEER Mean To Heat Pump Efficiency

What HSPF And SEER Mean To Heat Pump Efficiency

What HSPF And SEER Mean To Heat Pump Efficiency

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What HSPF And SEER Mean To Heat Pump Efficiency

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heat pump efficiency, Las Vegas, NevadaIn Nevada, homeowners looking to upgrade their air conditioners should consider the value of heat pumps, as they have the potential to create higher energy savings and home comfort. When you’re evaluating heat pumps, you’ll want to consider HSPF and SEER, two ratings systems that reveal overall heating and cooling efficiency.

SEER

The seasonal energy efficiency ratio is used to rate the cooling efficiency of both air conditioners and heat pumps.  Simply put, SEER measures a heat pump’s ability to generate cool air by comparing the energy consumed to the amount of cooled air produced over a typical cooling season. Higher-efficiency heat-pump systems have SEER ratings of 14 to 18. Heat pumps with a SEER rating in this range will get better results than a unit that has a SEER 13 rating, the lowest allowed by the federal government.

Another rating that you’ll want to investigate is the energy efficiency ratio, which measures peak performance during the hottest days of the year — similar to the way vehicle efficiency is rated via city miles (SEER) and highway miles (EER).

HSPF

Because your heat pump provides both cooling and heating, you’ll need to evaluate the heating seasonal performance factor of the heat pumps you’re comparing, as well. High-efficiency systems have HSPF ratings of 8 to 10.

As with most other ratings systems, higher ratings net better monthly energy savings. So it makes sense to invest more up front for a high-efficiency heat pump, which will then give you a higher return over the life of the system.

Home comfort

One key factor that is often overlooked when considering heat pumps as opposed to a conventional A/C is their ability to provide superior comfort. Because of how they are designed to work, heat pumps produce heating and cooling at a low speed for the majority of the day, whereas forced-air systems emit strong blasts of intermittent cooling. As a result, homeowners who use heat pumps often report better home comfort.

In Nevada, get expert advice about heat pump efficiency and installation from Las Vegas Air Conditioning. We’re happy to talk efficiency ratings, and help you learn how to navigate HSPF and SEER.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, .

Las Vegas Air Conditioning services Nevada, including cities Henderson, Las Vegas or anywhere in between. Visit our website to see our special offers to get started today!   

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Does Your Home Air Conditioner Need Repair Or Replacement? 5 Ways To Tell

Does Your Home Air Conditioner Need Repair Or Replacement? 5 Ways To Tell

Does Your Home Air Conditioner Need Repair Or Replacement? 5 Ways To Tell

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Does Your Home Air Conditioner Need Repair Or Replacement? 5 Ways To Tell

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home air conditioner repair or replace,  NevadaCooling and heating systems represent a major investment in your home, so deciding whether to repair or replace a unit can be intimidating. Do you make one or two repairs and cross your fingers that nothing else will go wrong? Or do you go ahead and lay out the money for a new home air conditioner, even though you have nagging doubts about needing one?

Here are five tips to help you make that important repair-or-replace decision.

Equipment age
Is your air conditioner more than eight years old? You could be paying considerably higher utility bills than you need to. An Energy Star unit with a high SEER rating could pay for itself in a relatively short time. Air conditioners are designed to last about 12 years, so if yours is getting up there, it might be time for a replacement.

Frequent repairs
Have the repair bills for your unit begun to add up? If you are frequently calling your service technician, it might be time for a replacement. Review your repair expenses over the last two years, and think about any major components that you have had to replace. If the air conditioner has not been adequately maintained, and you have already put a lot of money into repairs, you should consider replacement.

Incentives and financial resources
Cost is certainly a factor in the decision to repair or replace. If you cannot afford a major outlay, you may opt to make repairs as they come up. But rebates and other financial incentives become available from time to time. Keep your eye out, checking with your local HVAC company. These can help you offset the cost of a new system.

Comfort
If your air conditioner does not keep your home evenly cooled, it may be time for a replacement. Your current system might very well be too big or too small.

Moving?
If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, you might opt for repairs. On the other hand, a new cooling and heating system is always a good selling point when you have your home on the market.

A trained professional can help you decide if repair or replacement of your equipment makes more sense. Las Vegas Air Conditioning has been providing trustworthy service to Nevada since 2002. For a consultation, visit our website or .

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Upgrading? Look For These Top Air Conditioning Features

Upgrading? Look For These Top Air Conditioning Features

Upgrading? Look For These Top Air Conditioning Features

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Upgrading? Look For These Top Air Conditioning Features

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air conditioning features,  NevadaWith the summer heat bearing down on Nevada, you might be wondering how well your cooling system will hold up for the duration of the season. In fact, you may be looking at new systems right now. 

If you’re thinking about shopping, or you’re actually taking the initial steps to replace your system, the first thing you’ll want to consider is the efficiency rating of each unit. An air conditioner’s cooling efficiency is measured in terms of its seasonal energy efficiency ratio. While many older units have SEER ratings as low as 6, all units manufactured today must have a SEER of at least 13. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the equipment. Also look for the Energy Star label.

You will also want to consider various energy efficiency and home comfort features. Among the features you should consider are:

  • A dual-stage compressor: A cooling system with a dual-stage compressor runs on high when it’s very hot and at a lower speed when the weather’s milder. On most days, it runs at low speed for a longer time. This means a more even temperature and better humidity control, as well as operation that’s quieter and more energy efficient.
  • Thermal expansion valve: This device controls the superheat in the compressor. Used in place of a capillary tube or other fixed orifice device, it helps to ensure that the evaporator coil operates at maximum efficiency, regardless of the outside temperature. It also helps to ensure compressor dependability.
  • A fan-only switch: You can use this for nighttime ventilation when the temperature’s moderate.
  • A filter light check: This will remind you that it’s time to change the filter.

Unfortunately, the best system in the world won’t give you the economy and comfort you want if it’s not sized and installed correctly. Make sure your contractor uses Manual J to size your system. One that’s too big will cycle on and off too frequently, failing to remove sufficient humidity from the air and detracting from your comfort. One that’s too small just won’t do the job.

For 20 years, Las Vegas Air Conditioning has provided reliable air conditioning sales and service to residential and commercial customers in Green Valley and Nevada. for expert advice when you’re upgrading.

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How Two-Stage Cooling Will Optimize Your Home Comfort

How Two-Stage Cooling Will Optimize Your Home Comfort

How Two-Stage Cooling Will Optimize Your Home Comfort

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How Two-Stage Cooling Will Optimize Your Home Comfort

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two-stage cooling,  NevadaToday’s air conditioners offer homeowners a selection of energy-efficient features, ranging from thermal expansion valves to filter-check lights. One of the most useful features is the two-stage compressor.

A traditional single-stage compressor runs at maximum speed all of the time. This provides optimal cooling when it’s very hot outside. But when the temperature’s more moderate, a single-stage compressor can cycle on and off frequently to maintain the right temperature. This can cause your unit to consume more energy than needed and ultimately lead to excessive wear and tear on your system.

But many air conditioners and heat pumps on the market today have two-stage compressors. Sometimes called dual-stage compressors, they run at two different speeds, depending on how hot it is outside. When the outside temperature is very hot, the compressor runs on high. When the temperature drops, the compressor shifts to a lower speed.

Most of the time, the compressor can run at the lower speed. Although it’s lower, the cycle is longer, so your home reaches and keeps a sufficiently cool temperature. This maximizes both your home comfort and your system’s energy efficiency.

The longer cycles provided by two-stage cooling has additional benefits, including quieter operation and improved humidity control. Two-stage compressors can remove almost twice as much moisture from your indoor air as single-stage units.

When you’re buying an air conditioner, the features are an important consideration. Just as important are your new unit’s seasonal energy efficiency ratio and correct sizing. Make sure your new unit has a SEER of at least 13. Also talk with your contractor about the sizing methods he uses, as you definitely want to avoid a unit that’s either too large or too small for your home. Your contractor should use Manual J for this job.

For 20 years, Las Vegas Air Conditioning has provided top-notch air conditioning sales and service to residential and commercial customers in Green Valley and Nevada. for more information on high-efficiency air conditioning and how two-stage cooling can keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.

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