Split System Air Conditioners have an outdoor section and an indoor section.The outdoor section features the compressor and fan, but it uses the indoor sections (such as a furnace or air handler) to distribute cool air.
Single Package Air Conditioners features all of the components of a split system but in a single outdoors section. Simply put, the blower is housed with the air conditioning components.
The structure of your home is key to selecting the proper air conditioner. For example, split system units are commonly used in the Midwest because most homes feature basements with gas furnaces. Single packaged units are more common in the southeast region where homes may have a crawl space instead of a basement – making the single packaged unit more space efficient.
This post was written by pulleye | November 22, 2019
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, should I repair or replace my air conditioner? How long will my air conditioning last?
Those are questions everyone has pondered at some point. Now, I will answer all the important questions regarding air conditioning replacement vs. repairing the old unit.
There are a lot of good reasons to replace an air conditioner, but it should never be your only choice, as everything can be fixed. If old things couldn’t be retro-fitted or repaired there would be no antique cars on the road. And there are plenty of those, that being said it may not be a good idea to repair an old unit or there may be numerous other reasons that might make replacing the old ac system with a newer model. Newer model air conditioners have come a long way in technology, in ways of efficiency and comfort.
Good reasons to replace an air conditioner are:
1. If you are paying too much in power – Today a new air conditioner can lower a power bill by so much that in some cases, we can finance a new system for $80 a month and then we lower the power bill by $100 which is like saving $20 a month and getting a new system and warranty. If you are one of the ones paying too much in power than keeping your old system is a waste, it’s just math.
2. Your unit is 12 or more years old – Technology has come a long way in 12 years we can make your home 10 times more comfortable with stable temperatures using new 2 stage technology. And energy efficiency has doubled in 12 years.
3. You have a bad compressor and your system is over 8 years old – Compressors are very expensive and are the hearts of air conditioners. If your compressor fails consider replacement as some compressors are 50% the cost of a whole new system and the new system would have 5 or 10 years warranty vs. a 1 year warranty on a replacement compressor. And after a replacement compressor, the new one usually doesn’t last as long as the original because any blockage or other failing parts are already worn starting on day one of your new compressors life.
4. Your coil is rusted – If your coils start rusting and leaking, fixing a leak is only a Band-Aid as rust means another leak will occur guaranteed.
5. Your home has hot or cold rooms – If you have rooms that are always hotter or cooler than other rooms certain times a year, it may be caused by improper duct balancing or from an improperly sized air conditioner. Either way consider this when deciding whether to repair or replace?
6. If your air conditioner takes r-22 Freon you may want to consider replacement – The E.P.A. has deemed r-22 Freon deadly to the ozone. New systems are using r-410A which is ozone safe but also a new r-410A system will blow colder air for less electricity making it the green choice for many reasons. R-22 systems are coming more costly to repair due to the difficulty and price of obtaining r-22 after the government regulations.
I won’t make a list for why to keep your old unit because; if none of the reasons above apply to you then you should just fix or keep your old unit. But when faced with a decision to repair or replace you should simply know all the benefits of replacement and then decide if it makes sense to you at that time.
The benefits to a new air conditioner are:
A new air conditioner can lower the energy consumption by as much as 60% depending on your situation.
A variable speed system will circulate air through the entire home eliminating the need for fans and it will do it with only 80 watts of power.
A Variable speed system even out temperatures from room to room – imagine never having a hot spot, room or flash.
A new unit is quiet
New systems come with 10 year warranties
There you have it, replacing an air conditioner can benefit you by providing a more stable temperature in the home and lowering a power bill by 60% but if your air conditioner is already installed right and all your rooms are same temperature and your power bills are already low then you’re in good shape. But don’t forget to get a routine maintenance check-up because if your machine is ok now, we want to keep it that way.
A lot of people ask, “Does the UV light produce smells”. Well the answer is yes, some brands do for a short period of time after being newly installed. However, the brand we offer does not produce any noticeable smell after install.
The FRESH-AIRE UV light is installed in the duct-work of your central air system and is designed to help reduce odors, toxic chemical vapors, germs and mold in your home.
Detox the air in your home and protect you and your loved ones from:
How does the UV Light work?
By removing airborne contaminants as the air is circulated by the central HVAC system. Using a proprietary absorption media to capture VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) then reduces the captured constituents through an innovative photo-cytaltic oxidation process (PCO) which breaks them down into elemental carbon dioxide and water vapor.
Toxic airborne compounds are captured in the photo-catalytic carbon matrix
As odors and chemical contaminants circulate through your air handling system, the ultraviolet light unit utilizes a highly absorptive carbon media which captures these contaminants, removing them from the air stream, much like a sponge absorbs water.
The toxic molecules are broken down into simple water vapor and CO2
During the off cycles of the air handler the UV Light self-regenerating photo-catalytic oxidation process breaks down the captured contaminants and frees up the carbon cell to be able to capture additional airborne VOC’s and odors.
UV Light limits the spead of bio-contaminants like mold and viruses
In addition to the units system’s ability to absorb airborne VOCs, the UV light helps to maintain the cleanliness of your central ac system by shining on the duct-work, cooling coils, heat strips and blowers that are prone to biological growth that can contaminate and clog the system.
UV-C Light Kills Germs
For over a century scientists have known that certain frequencies of light have a devastating effect on microbial life. We now know that exposure to ultraviolet light in the range of 254 NM (UV-C band) disrupts the DNA of micro-organisms, thus preventing them from reproducing, thereby effectively killing them.
The Science of Clean Air
Over time mold can build up on cooling coils. this is a health risk that robs the air system of efficiency and requires cleaning with chemicals. The germicidal UV light inside kills mold and keeps the coil and air system interior clean.
Recent studies have shown that the level of invisible airborne organic chemical and odor contaminates in our indoor air is generally two to five times higher then the levels found outdoors. while some of these substances merely smell bad, others can be extremely harmful.
these contaminates, known as Volatile Organic Compounds are carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. The unique technology inside the Fresh-Arie UV helps to eliminate VOCs, making your home a safer and more pleasant place to live.
Common Sources of VOCs Include:
Carpets and adhesives
Composite wood products
Paints and varnishes
Sealing caulks and glues
Carpet cleaning solvent
Home and personal care products
Air cleaners that produce ozone
Cleaning and disinfecting chemicals
Smoking and fireplaces
Fuel oil and gasoline
Vehicle exhaust from an attached garage
We look forward to discussing your home air quality with you.
Two-thirds of all homes have leaky ducts that go undetected. These leaks can cause your energy bill to go up and affect the comfort and air quality inside your home. The good news is, repairing leaky ducts is often fairly easy and inexpensive, especially with FPL’s and Aloha Air Conditioning’s help. Here’s what you need to know about your ductwork to avoid wasting energy and money.
1. What are leaky ducts?
When your cooling and heating duct system has leaks or holes in it, air is allowed to escape into the attic, which ends up wasting energy and costing you money.
2. What can you do?
Schedule an FPL Energy Expert to perform a fast, easy and affordable Duct System Test to determine if your dusts are sealed properly and if repairs need to be made.
3. How does it work?
Pay $30.00 for the first central A/C system to be inspected and $15.00 for each additional air handler.
Receive a complete report of the repairs needed and then contact us at Aloha Air Conditioning (954) 772-0079 as we are a proud independent contractor who has been evaluated by FPL and have a record of good reviews from our customers.
Get incentives from FPL to help cover the cost of repairs:
– Up to $154.00 per central A/C system for single-family detached homes.
– $60.00 for multi-family, single-family attached homes, manufactured and mobile homes.
4. What are the qualifications for a Duct System Test?
Single- and multi-family homes where the duct system is accessible qualify
Multi-family homes with chimneys and gas appliances are not eligible unless there is a firewall.
5. How do you participate?
To request a Duct System Test, simple call 1-800-DIAL FPL (1-800-342-5375), or visit them online at https://www.fpl.com/
You don’t have to choose efficiency or comfort. You should have both!
In fact, properly designed, installed and maintained heating and cooling systems will reduce your costs, lower your carbon footprint, and keep you and your family comfortable and healthy all year long. It all comes down to hiring the right professionals to do the right job. That’s what you get when you hire Aloha Air because we are committed to professional contracting and high-quality, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems in homes and buildings of all kinds.
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