|1- How long will a new air conditioner last?
The life of your air conditioner largely depends on how well it is maintained. Like a car, if you take good care of your air conditioner, it may perform well for years. If the system is not properly maintained, you may end up replacing it much sooner than you would have liked.
Energy efficiency is similar. If the unit is properly maintained, it will run at optimal performance and energy efficiency for much longer. Freezing Mechanical offers preventative maintenance agreements for residential customers and will perform manufacturer recommended maintenance twice a year.
2- Why should I replace my working furnace or air conditioner?
Although you present furnace or air conditioner may be working, if it is more than 12 years old you should consider replacing it with a new high efficiency system. A new heating and air conditioning system could save up to 50 percent on energy costs, and save you money in the long run on heating repairs. While these products save you money on your utility bills, they also offer a better degree of comfort within your home.
3- Will a larger air conditioner provide greater comfort?
Not necessarily. Oversized equipment may cool your home quicker, but the thermostat will sense that the home has reached the desired temperature before humidity has been effectively removed. Humidity causes most people to feel uncomfortable even if the temperature is at an ideal level, and the added moisture in the air may lead to mold or mildew problems.
Of course, units that are too small will struggle to maintain desired temperature levels. A Freezing Mechanical specialist will make sure that the proper equipment is installed for optimal performance. Your walls, windows, doors, insulation and other factors will be considered in addition to the size of your home.
4- Is one brand better than the others?
Deciding which brand is right for you will depend on several factors. You will have to consider your and your family's needs, energy efficiency, the size of your home, your current system and many other factors.
Freezing Mechanical offers all of the top brands in the industry so that you have a wide selection when choosing a new system. A Freezing Mechanical expert will gladly guide you through the process of choosing a new air conditioning system and will answer any questions you have along the way.
5- What is meant by a 'ton' of refrigeration?
Confusingly, the unit has little to do with weight, as used in everyday language. One ton of refrigeration is the term used to refer to 12,000 B.T.U.s/hour (British Thermal Units/Hour) of cooling effect. Thus, a condensing unit with a cooling capacity of 60,000 B.T.U.s/hour is said to have a capacity of 5 tons.
6- What are the benefits of Preventative Maintenance?
It is about more than service… it is about prevention. With typical service agreements, you pay money for priority service when there is a problem. With a Freezing Mechanical Preventative Service Agreement, you not only get priority service, you can prevent those problems for happening in the first place, and save money in the process!
Get the benefit of prevention with the service you expect from Freezing Mechanical Corp! You will receive our exclusive Blue Carpet Service. We will strive to arrive on time and in a clean uniform! Plus, we will cover our shoes before we enter, lay down work mats to keep our work areas clean, and tidy up when we are done. And we will follow-up to make sure everything was exactly as you expected.
7- What is the difference between R-410A and R-22?
In accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), newly manufactured air conditioning systems will not contain R-22 refrigerant. This went into effect on January 1, 2010. R-22 will continue to be produced for use in existing units, but production will be phased out over the next several years.
R-22 is considered an HCFC and is harmful to the ozone layer. Ozone-friendly refrigerants are now used in units manufactured after January 1, 2010. R-410A is the most common replacement and is found in most new units. R-410A has several names including Puron and Genetron AZ20.
While R-410A is used in most new systems, it may not be used in existing systems designed to use R-22 refrigerant. Design specifications to handle the increased pressure and cooling capacity of R-410A are required.
8- What is SEER?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating, the greater energy efficiency the unit offers. SEER is measured as the seasonal Btu output of cooling divided by the seasonal watt-hours used.
The government sets the minimum SEER at 13, while a unit must be rated at least 14 SEER to be considered an Energy Star product.