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Air Conditioning Heating

Why Buy Trane?

 

Trane is all about air – cool air, warm air, clean air. As a world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions, they control the comfort of people in homes and many of the world’s largest and most famous commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. Trane is applying their expertise in environmental technology and energy conservation to make a difference in energy efficiency around the world and our community.

 

How Do I Know What Size Furnace To Buy?

     A furnace that’s too large will wear out faster and cost more to operate.  A furnace that’s too small won’t be able to keep your home warm enough.

We calculate the size of the furnace you need by measuring walls, floors, ceilings, doors and windows.  Then we use a formula to determine how much heat is needed.  We match your special needs to the proper size furnace.

How Long Will My Furnace Last?

     Industry experts say the average life of a gas furnace is about 18 years.

 

How Long Will It Take For My Furnace To Pay For Itself?

Older furnaces can waste a lot of gas.  Many are only about 40-65% efficient.  That means for every $100.00 you spend on gas, $35.00 to $60.00 dollars goes up the chimney in waste.

New furnaces are at least 78% efficient and our newest Trane furnace is 96.9% efficient.  Besides saving money on gas, some new units can save you up to $250.00 a year in electrical costs.

Can I Add Air Conditioning To My Existing Furnace?

     Most older furnaces in this area can be modified to accommodate central air conditioning.  However, sometimes it makes more sense to replace your old furnace with one that is already fitted for cooling.  A new furnace will be more efficient and won’t be subject to age related failures.

What Size Air Conditioning Unit Do I Need?

     There are many factors to consider, including square feet being cooled, climate, humidity, number of windows, insulation, the direction your house faces and even the number of people who will be in the home.

A system that’s too small won’t adequately cool your home on the hottest days.  One that’s too large will short cycle, turning on and off frequently, resulting in higher energy bills and lower efficiency.

At Robert Love Heating and Air Conditioning,  we do a complete heat load calculation to measure these factors and help you decide which unit best fits your particular needs.

How  Much Will My New Cooling System Cost?

      There are many factors that determine the cost. Air Conditioning units are rated by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).  The higher the SEER the more efficient the unit. (Think of miles per gallon of gas in a car.)  The higher the efficiency the lower your energy bills will be. Another variable is the actual size of the unit commonly referred to as “ton”.  The tonnage of a unit is determined by the heat load calculation that we do based upon such things as square footage, windows, insulation, the direction your home faces etc.  Of course the higher the SEER and the bigger the tonnage the more expensive the unit.  Other determining factors are any duct work modifications that need to be made and whether or not you’ll need a new thermostat.

Don’t  be taken in by extremely low advertising prices.  When it comes to central air conditioning sometimes you don’t even get what you pay for.  Make sure that you choose a reputable company like Robert Love Heating and Air and great equipment that is properly sized with a high efficiency rating to get the most value for your dollar.  At Robert Love Heating & Air we give great service at fair and reasonable prices.  Call us for a free price quote today.

I’ve Heard Central Air Conditioning Is Expensive To Run.  How Much Will My Power Bills Increase?

      This depends on the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) air conditioner. The higher the SEER the less money it costs to run.  If you have a old 8 SEER air conditioner that costs you $100.00 a month to operate and you upgraded to a 19 SEER air conditioner you would save $59.00 a month.  Your bill would be $41.00 a month     

An electronic thermostat that is preprogrammed to go up and down at certain times of the day and night, (such as down while you are at work and back up just before you come home) will also save you a lot of money.

How Often Should I Change or Clean My Filters?

     Filters should generally be replaced every month.  Replace them with the same kind and size as the original filter.  If the filter is not disposable, clean according to manufacturer’s instructions.  When a central air conditioning system is not cooling well check your filter to make sure it is clean before calling for service.

Should I Cover My Outdoor Unit In The Winter?

     Air conditioners are designed to withstand all possible climate changes so it is not necessary to cover them during the winter. Some people like to cover them and that’s o.k.  If you would like a cover for your air conditioner call us and we will order one the size of your unit.

How Close To the Outdoor Unit Should I Plant Shrubs Or Flowers?

     Most manufacturers agree plants should not be an closer than 18″.  Air Conditioners need to take in and exhaust air to operate efficiently.  Otherwise, the unit could overheat and require service.

I Need a New Outdoor Unit But My Indoor Unit Works Fine. Do I Need To Replace Them Both?

     Air Conditioners are designed as matched systems.  To make sure you get the highest system efficiency, performance and comfort, an indoor cooling coil must be matched in size and rated with your air conditioner.  If you replace only one part, you won’t get the advantages of many technological changes that make the system work most efficiently.  Replacing the whole system means you’re less likely to need service in the near future.

Is There Any Advantage To Setting My Thermostat Fan To ‘ON” So the System Runs Constantly?

     Yes.  It provides constant air filtering in your home.  Also, because the air is moving you have a more even temperature throughout.

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