Know More About Your Central Air Conditioning System

Central air conditioning systems are already a part of almost everyone’s homes. In fact, these have become a necessity to most Canadian homes ( And the first thing that you would want to know about it is how it works.

To start, a central air conditioning Edmonton is composed of two parts. The first one is an outdoor unit which is the air conditioner. This part is responsible for cooling the air. The second part is the indoor unit which is a furnace or an air handler. The indoor unit circulates the cooled air to the rooms in your home.These units work together to make the temperature in your home comfortable. If your outdoor unit is properly paired with a furnace or air handler, then the efficiency is maximized.

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The outdoor unit consists of the compressor, evaporator coil, condenser coil and refrigerant. The heat of the air from your home will be extracted and transferred outside.

The rating of a central air conditioner is called Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER. The higher the SEER, the higher the efficiency.

Basically, the parts if your system are: a condensing unit, a furnace or air handler, and a ductwork (the pathway for the cooled air).

What should you do if your air conditioning system is not cooling enough?
-    If your air conditioner is old, then you may want to consider replacing it.The new central air conditioners that are being produced now are more efficient by approximately 60 percent. Furthermore, lack of maintenance may reduce your system’s efficiency.

What is the cost of a central air conditioning?
-    A lot of factors affect the price of a central air conditioning. From the size of your home to the type of materials to be used; prices can vary.

What should a central air conditioning have?
-    Before you choose any air conditioning, you will have to consider the size of your home and the temperature issues of your rooms. There are new central air conditioners that reduce uneven temperatures which helps in creating a comfortable living space. There are central air conditioners that filters the air as it circulates it. Health-wise, you need to consider the filters. Lastly, know your budget and the system’s efficiency.

How long should a central air conditioner last?
-    Generally, a central air conditioner should last 12 to 15 years.

In replacing your old system, what should be involved?
-    Installing a new system should also include inspection of the ductwork, insulation, wiring, flue piping and terminations, filters, grills, and other parts of a central air conditioning system.

There are terms that you may not be familiar with, but are parts of a central air conditioning system. Here are some:

  1. Air handler- an air handler sends the cooled or the heated air to your ductwork.
  2. BTU- British Thermal Unit. The amount of heat that the system needs to have a pound of water’s temperature raised by 1 degree F.
  3. Evaporator coil- part of the system that serves as the heat transfer point for cooling and heating the air.
  4. Outdoor coil/condensing unit- part of the system that serves as the heat transfer point for collecting and expelling heat to the outside.
  5. SEER- Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The rating for a central air conditioning system’s efficiency.
  6. Split system- an air conditioning system that has a unit located outside and another located inside.

Knowing more about your air conditioner will not only help you choose the right decision but will also allow you to keep your home’s central air conditioning system at its best condition.

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