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Should I Buy The Cheapest Air Conditioning Unit or Heat Pump?

What about price?

Should you go for the cheapest air conditioning or heat pump system you can get? In most cases, the answer is no. Generally… you get what you pay for. Some contractors may offer to carrier ac repairinstall air conditioning or heat pump systems at a low price, but this can come back to bite you if the air conditioning or heat pump system is installed improperly, or it is the wrong kind of air conditioning or heat pump system for your home. In the long run, you may find yourself paying more — a lot more — in operating and maintenance costs, unnecessary repairs, increased utility bills and shortened lifespan of your central air conditioning or heat pump unit.

Reputable air conditioning contractors will not sell you the cheapest air conditioning or heat pump system on the market; but they will give you the best air conditioning or heat pump system value for your home’s heating and cooling needs and for the life of your air conditioning or heat pump system.

Choosing the right air conditioning or heat pump system is only part of the equation; proper installation is perhaps the most critical determinant of how air conditioning or heat pump systems perform. The energy efficiency of air conditioning or heat pump systems depend greatly on where and how they are installed. Our professional air conditioning and heat pump installation and repair technicians can maximize the performance of air conditioning or heat pump systems with proper placement, sizing, connection, configuration and calibration. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach; every air conditioning or heat pump system installation is different. We always perform a heat load calculation to ensure you are purchasing the correct size AC unit or heat pump for your home.

Our air conditioning or heat pump system specialists take the time to make sure that your air conditioning or heat pump system is installed correctly so that it operates at maximum efficiency today and years from now.  We always obtain a city building permit to ensure all air conditioning and heat pump installations are performed correctly and comply with city building codes. And our experienced Service Technicians are always on-hand to make sure your air conditioning or heat pump system keeps on working.

Air Conditioning and Heat Pump System Types

Split systems

A split system simply means air conditioner or heat pump consists of  2 separate parts. An indoor air handling unit and an outdoor condensing unit. In many cases, a split system consists of:

  • Furnace―provides heating and the fan used year round to circulate air
  • Evaporator coil―the indoor component of your outdoor cooling unit
  • Air conditioner or heat pump―works in tandem with the evaporator coil
  • Ducts―carry the conditioned air throughout your home
  • Control or thermostat―your interface for controlling your system
  • Optional air quality accessories―clean, humidify, and freshen air before it circulates throughout your home

Some split systems consist only of an outdoor unit―such as a heat pump or air conditioner―and an inside fan coil. If that’s the case, there’s usually another heat source in the home like baseboard heat or a boiler.

Carrier-infinity-air-conditionerHybrid Heat® split systems

It’s a smarter version of your standard split system, with an energy efficient twist: In addition to gas furnace heat, this system automatically figures out how to get the best efficiency by also using an electricity-fueled heat pump to provide warmth. Bonus―the heat pump functions in the place of an air conditioner too.

In the warmer, humid climates of the south you might consider a high performance heat pump with a lower efficiency and lower up front cost furnace so you can have the furnace as backup heating on really cold nights, while taking advantage of the high-efficiency heat pump most of the year. A heat pump with a variable-speed compressor matched to a furnace with a variable-speed blower motor can do an amazing job of pulling humidity out of the air in the summer to save money.

Meanwhile, in colder climates, it’s best to pair your heat pump with a high-efficiency furnace. Despite the cold, you might be surprised by just how much mileage―not to mention cost-saving efficiency―you’ll get from a heat pump in the spring, fall and, yes, even winter months.

A Hybrid Heat system includes:

  • Heat pump―provides summer cooling and dehumidification and warmth in cooler seasons
  • Evaporator coil―the indoor component of your outdoor heat pump
  • Furnace―provides heating and the fan used year round to circulate air
  • Ducts―carry the conditioned air throughout your home
  • Control or thermostat―your interface for controlling your system
  • Optional air quality accessories―clean, humidify, and freshen air before it circulates throughout your home

Ductless air conditionerDuctless split systems

As you may have guessed from its name, a ductless split system doesn’t rely on air ducts to spread treated air in your home. Instead, this specialty system is designed to heat or cool room additions or other places that may lack ductwork, such as home theaters, exercise rooms, garages or any other area where the existing system doesn’t quite cut it. Ductless split systems include:

  • Small outdoor air conditioner or heat pump unit
  • A compact indoor wall unit
  • Refrigerant tubing and wire connections―pass through a small hole from indoor to outdoor unit to connect the system.
  • On unit or remote control―your interface for controlling your system

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Some homes just don’t have space inside for a furnace or the coil needed for cooling. That doesn’t mean they can’t be filled with the same comfort and improved air quality of a split system home.

Packaged units tend to all look alike but can do vastly different things:

  • Cool only as an air conditioner
  • Cool and heat as an electric heat pump
  • Cool and heat as a Hybrid Heat® dual fuel system of gas furnace with electric heat pump
  • Cool and heat as a gas furnace with electric air conditioner

As an all-in-one unit, the only other thing you need is a control or thermostat and, of course, ductwork to carry the conditioned air. Additionally you can add air quality accessories if you like. Packaged systems may be located on the exterior of your home, either on a flat rooftop or in the yard.

Geothermal Heat Pump Systemcarrier geothermal heat pump

Traditional heat pumps do the same thing as air conditioners but in winter, they do it in reverse, drawing their heat energy from the outside air. Geothermal heat pumps don’t have to rely on the potentially wide temperature swings of outdoor air. They tap into the relatively consistent and more moderate temperatures of the earth instead. Using your yard, pond or well water, this ingenious technology enables you to enjoy higher energy efficiency inside your home—no matter how extreme the weather gets outside.

There are geothermal systems that can serve homes with ductwork or homes with radiant heat. The radiant heat versions are referred to as hydronic systems and some of those can also provide you with all your hot water needs.

A geothermal system can be used to provide all of your heating and cooling needs or you can pair it with a furnace for a dual fuel heating solution.

Comfort is about much more than heating and cooling.

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Are some air conditioners built better than others?

It’s always best to stick with the top name brands like Trane, Carrier and Rheem. All the better brand Air Conditioning trane air conditioning units copy
and Heat Pump manufacturers make high efficiency AC units up to 20 SEERS. 
The compressor is the heart of a condensing unit. On a hot day, it works long and hard. Rheem installs the highly advanced scroll compressor in every Rheem condensing unit we produce. Scroll Compressors are recognized by the industry as the leader in reliability, efficiency and quiet operation.

Other features to look for include louvered steel cabinets that protect the coils from damage and expensive repair bills.

Also, with some condensing units, the fan can be another source of bothersome noise. Rheem units have a grill design that minimizes air restriction for quieter fan operation.

Whether you are building a new home, or you are upgrading to a new, more efficient air conditioning system, we offer a wide variety of residential and commercial air conditioner, heatnest programmable ac system thermostat pump and HVAC brands that meet the capacity, efficiency rating, and price that you are looking for.  Fix Your AC Fast sells complete heating and cooling systems that include air conditioners, thermostats, heat pumps, filtersIndoor Air Quality products, accessories and AC repair services

Your air conditioning system consumes more power than any other appliance in your home or office. Today’s high efficiency systems cost much less to operate. In the past decade, the development of new technology has drastically improved the efficiency of heating and air conditioning equipment. Today’s high efficiency heating and cooling systems are so much more efficient that they can actually pay for themselves in energy savings. With Federal Tax Credits, Utility Company rebates and Air Conditioner Manufacturer Rebates it may practically pay for itself in the first year of ownership. Air Conditioning technology has improved so much that systems installed prior to 2006 could be highly inefficient by today’s standards.

 

 

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