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Are Window A/C Units Leaving You With High Electric Bills?

We all know that summer heat can be brutal, and without air conditioning, it’s downright dangerous. 

For homeowners whose HVAC systems have recently bit the dust, the thought of installing a central air conditioning system can seem overwhelming, expensive, and time-consuming. You might think that utilizing a window unit is cheaper, easier to install, and doesn't require a service technician, and you’d be right if you only need one window unit. However, if you need 2 or 3 window units to cool an entire house, they quickly surpass the energy consumption costs that a whole home HVAC unit would use.

Before you consider a band-aid fix, learn more about how a home comfort system can work for you!

So how  does your Air Conditioner Work?

The most common central cooling system is a split system which includes an outdoor cabinet containing a condenser coil and compressor and an indoor evaporator coil usually installed in conjunction with your furnace or air handler. The compressor pumps a chemical called refrigerant through the system. Once warm air inside your home blows across the indoor evaporator coil, its heat energy transfers to the refrigerant inside the coil. That transfer, in turn, “cools” the air. The refrigerant is pumped back to the compressor where the cycle begins again. The heat absorbed by the refrigerant is moved outside your home while cooled air is blown inside. Moisture that contributes to humidity is also condensed out of the air. Your cooling system is usually combined with your central heating system because they share the same ductwork for distributing conditioned air throughout your home.

Getting a central air system installed in your home might not be as daunting as you think. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Home Size: Homes come in all shapes and sizes. So do heating and air conditioning systems! Properly measuring the size of your rooms and the placement of your windows and vents is essential to adequately heating or cooling your house and preventing costly energy bills.
  • Load Calculation: Choosing the right-sized system also means performing what’s called a load calculation. Your F.H. Furr Comfort Consultant will plug in the different aspects of your home energy use to choose a system that will be best for the comfort of you and your family and save you money on your utility bills. Our load calculations consider many factors-including, but not limited to, the number of windows and type of window treatments, whether you have skylights or fireplaces, the height of your ceilings, the existing insulation and ductwork and the number of people in your home.
  • Duct Inspection: We will inspect the size and length of your current ductwork to ensure they are adequately delivering the correct amount of heating and cooling to your home.
  • System Features: Your Home Comfort Consultant will discuss all the features and benefits of the system we recommend and answer any of your questions.
  • Comfort Enhancements: In customizing your new heating and cooling system to your home’s unique needs, we may suggest a number of enhancements to make your system run more efficiently and improve the air quality in your home.
  • Payment Options: F.H. Furr accepts a variety of payment options and your Home Comfort Consultant will work with you to find the one that’s best for you. Right now, you can purchase a Lennox Home Comfort System and get 60 months no interest financing!

Ready to Install/Replace you Home Comfort System?

Let our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Consultants give you a free Home Comfort System Analysis. They’ll study and discuss any concerns/problems that you may have with your current comfort system. They’ll review all system recommendation options and help you with finding the best home comfort system that meets all your family’s needs and budget.

 

Topics: Cooling window units whole house system