Central Air FAQ

Do you have questions about upgrading your home to central air?  See our FAQ's below and be sure to contact us if you have a question we haven't addressed.

Yes, programmable thermostats can reduce the energy used for air conditioning or heating by 5 to 30% IF they are properly programmed. Just installing the thermostat isn't enough; you need to enter a schedule designed to be sure the heating and cooling systems do not run when not needed, and are set back when the comfort needs are more flexible.

Programmable thermostats, while not always digital, save money by turning the air conditioner to a higher setting (or heater to a lower setting) when no one is present in the house, or in the evenings when it is cooler. You can achieve the same savings without the programmable thermostat, but you would have to remember to change your thermostat every day when you leave the house, and turn it down every night when you go to bed. In addition, if you are using the thermostat to regulate your heater, you would wake to a cold house.

The air temperature your system produces depends on the temperature of the air going into the system. Generally, the air produced should be 18º-20º below what enters the system. So if the air entering the system is 80º, the air exiting should be about 60º-62º. However, that only works on a system that has been running at least 15 minutes on a warm, dry day with a home that is about 80º inside. On a mild day, with an indoor temperature in the low 70's, or during humid conditions, the air coming out may only be 15º-17º cooler than what enters.

You should have maintenance done on your air conditioning system twice a year. This not only ensures maximum efficiency, it enables us to foresee any possible problems that may occur in the near future. Our service plans are specifically designed to keep your air conditioning system running at its peak efficiency year-round.

Before purchasing a replacement system you should always make sure your system is sized properly. Our representative will provide a heat load calculation to determine the proper size and make the appropriate recommendation. Remember, bigger is not always better

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