Cooling & Heating Equipment

  • Air Conditioning : A traditional home comfort system has two parts: an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. An air conditioner is the outdoor unit which is also called a condenser.  The condenser, working with the indoor unit evaporator coil, cycles air through the system to remove the heat from the indoor air producing a comfortably cooled home.  The indoor and outdoor units are designed to work together and, when properly matched, efficiency and longevity are increased.
  • Refrigerant: Cooling equipment uses a chemical, called refrigerant, which is capable of changing from a liquid state to a gaseous state repeatedly (heat is absorbed when liquid changes to gas). Refrigerant is cycled through the outdoor condenser into the indoor evaporator coil. The system is designed to strategically allow the refrigerant to change states so that heat is absorbed when it passes through the indoor system and then continues the cycle by changing states again when it passes through the outdoor system.
  • Knowing your refrigerant types:
  • R-22: This refrigerant was the most commonly used type for the past forty years. However, the E.P.A, United States Environmental Protection       Agency, has deemed R-22 refrigerant hazardous to the environment. Production of this refrigerant has decreased by 75%; in 2015 production will be decreased by 90%. By 2020, only .5% of R-22 refrigerant will be produced. This refrigerant has been replaced with R-410A refrigerant.
  • R410A: This refrigerant has been approved by the E.P.A. and is the common replacement type for R-22 refrigerant.
  • Important Note: Refrigerants are not interchangeable meaning that R-22 refrigerant cannot be replaced with R410A refrigerant without replacing the equipment with R-410A compatible equipment. Your heating and cooling system was designed to use one type of refrigerant; however, some indoor units are compatible with outdoor units of a different refrigerant type. If you are interested in a new system or have questions about your existing system, please contact us.
  • Furnaces: The traditional home may find their furnace in the attic, closet, or garage. Furnaces heat and circulate warm air by passing the indoor air over a heated box, known as the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is heated by combustion air created by gas and flame. There are several safeties built into the furnace intended to prevent gas and fire risks. The combustion air is transferred out of the home through a vent and the newly heated air is transferred through the duct back into the home heating the house.
  • Evaporator Coils:
    A traditional home comfort system has two parts: an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. The evaporator coil is typically mounted with the indoor unit. This coil is used with the outdoor cooling system and is a part of the heat absorption process.  The refrigerant travels through the coil changing from a liquid to a gaseous state assisting with absorbing the heat from the indoor air. Once the air passes through this coil, it is then distributed into the duct to be put back into the home as cold air.
  • Thermostats: Your thermostat is the control mounted in your home which allows you to operate your cooling and heating system. Thermostats vary in their operating features such as manual and auto operations, programming capabilities, display screens, and wireless features.
  • Zoning: Zoning allows you to have different temperatures in each room or area of your house. For example, you would have the ability to set the kitchen to be a different temperature than the bedrooms. Zoning provides more comfort in your home while saving you energy by only providing heating and cooling to the occupied areas of the home. A zoning system is includes flaps, known as dampers, that are installed in the duct work. These dampers open and close as needed to supply the areas of your home with the correct air flow and temperature. The zoning areas have their own thermostat for custom temperature settings and control.
  • Dehumidifier: Dehumidification may be the right choice for you if you have a below ground level living space or struggle with humid conditions. High humidity can lead to mold and mildew in a home causing poor air quality, uncomfortable living conditions, and damage. A dehumidifier will remove moisture out of the air that would not be removed by using an air conditioner alone.
  • Humidifier: Humidifiers put moisture back into the air during dry conditions. When the weather is not providing enough humidity, you may notice personal dryness in skin, nose, and eyes. Humidity also causes static electricity.  To provide comfort in your home during these conditions, we recommend installing a humidifier which works with your air conditioner to increase the moisture in the air.
  • Air Cleaners: Several options are available to you for ensuring clean air quality in your home and preventing allergy symptoms. A healthy home is a comfortable home.