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Information on how heating and cooling systems work.
All climate-control devices or systems have three basic components: a source of warmed or cooled air, a means of distributing the air to the rooms being heated or cooled, and a control used to regulate the system (e.g., thermostat). The sources of warm air, such as a furnace, and cool air, such as an air conditioner, in a house often use the same distribution and control systems. If your house has central air conditioning, cool air probably flows through the same ducts that heat does and is regulated by the same thermostat. When a heating or cooling system malfunctions, any of these three basic components may be causing the problem.
Both heating and air conditioning work on the principle that heat always moves from a warm object to a cooler one, just as water flows from a higher to a lower level. Furnaces and heaters put heat into the air to make your home warmer; air conditioners remove heat to make your home cooler.
All heating and cooling units burn fuel. Air conditioners use electricity. Most home heating systems use gas or fuel oil; other systems use electricity. The heat pump -- an electrically powered climate control unit -- both heats and cools air. In summer it extracts heat from the air inside your home. In winter it pulls heat from the air outside and uses this heat to warm the air inside.
When the furnace is turned on, it consumes the fuel that powers it, whether it be gas, oil, or electricity. As fuel is burned, heat is produced and channeled to the living areas of your home through ducts, pipes, or wires and then is blown out of registers, radiators, or heating panels. Older systems use the heat they produce to heat water, which in turn heats the air in your home. These systems use a boiler to store and heat the water supply, which is then circulated as hot water through pipes embedded in the wall, floor, or ceiling.
When an air conditioner is turned on, electrical power is used to cool a gas in a coil to its liquid state. Warm air in your home is cooled by contact with the cooling coil, and this cooled air is channeled to the rooms of your home through ducts and out registers or -- in the case of room air conditioners -- directly from the unit itself.
AC units can be compared on a multitude of dimensions. Certainly efficiency is one of the main drivers, and given what's happened lately with the cost of gas and electricity, efficiency has become extremely important.
In general, there are three factors to be aware of when selecting an air conditioning system:
Efficiency – Buy the most efficient air conditioning unit available, especially in the desert Southwest. Efficiency refers to how much energy the system will require to do its job. HVAC specialists use what are called S.E.E.R numbers to rate and compare different cooling systems. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. This is a standardized test, and the higher the SEER number, the more efficient the air conditioning unit is. Now the minimum efficiency, the builder's model, is rated a 10 and they go all the way up to 18. So make sure the air conditioning unit has a rating of 10 or higher.
Regional Climate – When designing a home, it's important to know the external factors that will need to be solved. In the desert southwest, it's one of high summer heat. In the northwest, it may be one of damp, cold winter weather. In the northeast, it's most likely frost in the winter and high humidity in the summer.
Noise – Internal sound is just as important as the sound coming externally from an air conditioning unit that's installed outside the kitchen or living room window. Be sure to purchase a unit that's as quiet as possible.
With all three of these areas, the builder and air conditioning distributor can help point you in the right direction.
West Coast Heating and Air is a certified Trane dealer. Summer is for relaxing, not battling the heat. A Trane central air conditioner allows you to rest comfortably day or night while eliminating the worry about your next utility bill. Each of our central air conditioner units is designed to give you a cooler, happier life. So whether you’re hosting a summer get together or having a movie night in, you can relax peacefully knowing your home cooling needs are backed by a Trane air conditioner.
The benefits of owning a Trane central air conditioner unit do not end after installation. Each AC unit is backed with a Trane warranty, guaranteeing a cooler, more comfortable home year round.