Did you know that being hot for too long can sometimes be dangerous? It’s not good for your body—too much heat can trigger a number of health problems. Installing air conditioning—or updating your current air conditioning unit—is the best way to avoid overheating in your home when the temperatures climb.
Southern California summers require a high-performance cooling system to keep everyone comfortable and productive, and Total Care High Efficiency air conditioning units are built to withstand the intense heat common during So. Cals hot season. Whether you need a new or replacement air conditioning unit, we will provide an air conditioning installation you’ll be happy with.
You deserve an efficient, top-of-the-line air conditioning unit to keep you and your family cool all summer long! Avoid overheating by installing a new Central heating & Air Conditioning System, call Total Care today at 951-808-8804 for services in Riverside, Orange & San Bernardino County, areas!
CHOOSING AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT
The best thing about modern air conditioning is that you have options. Total Care provides central air conditioning installation, ductless air conditioning installation, and heat pump installation. Which one you choose will depend largely on the size and style of your home as well as:
- How many windows it has
- How many people are living in your home
- Your preferences on temperature
- The layout and existing ductwork—or lack of it
- The type and quality of insulation in your attic and walls
- Your preference of efficiency, price, and environmental impact
The most popular type of air conditioner installation we do is a central air conditioner. A central air conditioning unit is a whole-house unit that distributes cool air to every room through duct work.
If this seems like a lot, don’t worry! With Total Care, you’re in good hands. We will ask you thorough questions so we can decide on the best type and size of unit together.
Energy-Efficient Air Conditioning
Are you considering buying a new air conditioner? Or, are you dissatisfied with the operation of your current air conditioner? Are you unsure whether to fix or replace it? Are you concerned about high summer utility bills? If you answered yes to any of these questions, let Total Care Help Design the right system for you. Let Total Care ensure that your new air conditioner is properly installed. Proper sizing, selection, installation, maintenance, and correct use are keys to cost-effective operation and lower overall costs.
A Total Care Explanation of How a System Works
Air conditioners employ the same operating principles and basic components as your home refrigerator. An air conditioner cools your home with a cold indoor coil called the evaporator. The condenser, a hot outdoor coil, releases the collected heat outside. The evaporator and condenser coils are serpentine tubing surrounded by aluminum fins. This tubing is usually made of copper. A pump, called the compressor, moves a heat transfer fluid (or refrigerant) between the evaporator and the condenser. The pump forces the refrigerant through the circuit of tubing and fins in the coils. The liquid refrigerant evaporates in the indoor evaporator coil, pulling heat out of indoor air and thereby cooling the home. The hot refrigerant gas is pumped outdoors into the condenser where it reverts back to a liquid giving up its heat to the air-flowing over the condenser’s metal tubing and fins.
Central Air Conditioners
Central air conditioners circulate cool air through a system of supply and return ducts. Supply ducts and registers (i.e., openings in the walls, floors, or ceilings covered by grills) carry cooled air from the air conditioner to the home. This cooled air becomes warmer as it circulates through the home; then it flows back to the central air conditioner through return ducts and registers. A central air conditioner is either a split-system unit or a packaged unit.
In a split-system central air conditioner, an outdoor metal cabinet contains the condenser and compressor, and an indoor cabinet contains the evaporator. In many split-system air conditioners, this indoor cabinet also contains a furnace or the indoor part of a heat pump. The air conditioner’s evaporator coil is installed in the cabinet or main supply duct of this furnace or heat pump. If your home already has a furnace but no air conditioner, a split-system is the most economical central air conditioner to install.
In a packaged central air conditioner, the evaporator, condenser, and compressor are all located in one cabinet, which usually is placed on a roof or on a concrete slab next to the house’s foundation. This type of air conditioner also is used in small commercial buildings. Air supply and return ducts come from indoors through the home’s exterior wall or roof to connect with the packaged air conditioner, which is usually located outdoors. Packaged air conditioners often include electric heating coils or a natural gas furnace. This combination of air conditioner and central heater eliminates the need for a separate furnace indoors.
An evaporative cooler (also called a “swamp cooler”) is a completely different type of air conditioner that works well in hot, dry climates. IE & San Bernardino areas
These units cool outdoor air by evaporation and blow it inside the building, causing a cooling effect much like the process when evaporating perspiration cools your body on a hot (but not overly humid) day. When operating an evaporative cooler, windows are opened part way to allow warm indoor air to escape as it is replaced by cooled air.
Evaporative coolers cost about one-half as much to install as central air conditioners and use about one-quarter as much energy. However, they require more frequent maintenance than refrigerated air conditioners and they’re suitable only for areas with low humidity.
Maintaining Existing Air Conditioners
Older air conditioners may still be able to offer years of relatively efficient use. However, making your older air conditioner last requires you to perform proper operation and maintenance.
If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.
An air conditioner’s filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.