Air Conditioners

Even Cooling to Eliminate Hot Spots for Superior Comfort

Heat Pumps

Dependable, Energy Efficient Cooling and Heating in One

Ductless Heat Pumps

Heating & Air Conditioning Systems Known For Their Significant Energy Savings

Solar Attic Fans

Stay Green with An Energy Efficient Solution for Attic Cooling

Frequently Asked Air Conditioning Questions

A heat pump provides air conditioning too?

Yes! Heat pumps take heat from the air during the winter and send it into your house, while when it’s hot, they reverse their process and remove heat from your house. So heat pumps provide not only heat but air conditioning too. Air conditioning Seattle is what we do.

Am I ready for an air conditioning unit replacement?

Air conditioner replacement timing for Seattle homes today is roughly between 16-20 years. Old air conditioning units may still be running after this time but not very efficiently and thus using more energy and costing you money. Other common signs indicating a need for air conditioner replacement are strange noises such as popping, banging, rattling or squealing air conditioner noises. Like heating equipment, air conditioning systems benefit from annual maintenance, and clearing of dirt and leaves from the outdoor unit frequently. This is especially true of Seattle air conditioners where usage may only be for a few weeks every year. Maintenance will extend the life of your air conditioner and ensure you are cool when you need to be. 

A ductless heat pump provides air conditioning too?

Ductless heat pumps are a primary heating AND cooling source. They provide super quiet air conditioning and are much more energy efficient than window air conditioners. We specialize in Seattle ductless heating and air conditioning installations.

Which one is better, an Air Conditioner or Heat Pump?

There are many reasons you might choose an A/C system vs a Heat Pump in Seattle, and it is particular to your home and your needs. Washington Energy Services sells, installs and services energy efficient air conditioning systems and heat pumps, so we can help you select the one that fits your particular situation. One consideration might be that when you already have a very high efficiency gas furnace, the energy savings you would get from adding a heat pump will not be as great as going from another heating option. Therefore the lower cost addition of just the air conditioner in that case may suit you best. But there are many other factors to consider, which is why our home energy specialist will come to your house, do proper measurement and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. We have been around since 1957 giving us over 55 years of experience in the industry. Heating and air conditioning Seattle is what we do best.

A fun way to learn more about the difference between heat pumps and air conditioners is through our AC vs Heat Pump infographic.

What types of AC units do you sell? 

We do central air conditioning installation and ductless split system installation. Both provide cooling. These are full AC systems, not the box type of air conditioner that sits in a window or has a window panel insert. We are a Seattle area air conditioning contractor with locations in Lynnwood and Tacoma.

How does central air conditioning cost compare to room air conditioners? 

Central air conditioning units cost more, but they can cover the whole house more evenly without freezing you out of some parts of the room. Individual room air conditioners can run from $200-$450 for a window AC, to $450-$600 for a portable AC. If you have a three bedroom house with a living area and separate den to cool,  that could be 5 individual ones or up to $3000 plus tax. For a little bit more you can have central AC installed. Your specific AC cost will be based on the floor plan and ductwork in your house, your square footage that needs to be cooled, and the energy efficiency or noise reduction features you choose. To get a quote for your specific house and learn about $35/mo financing options, please fill out the free estimate form on this page or call us at 800-398-4663.  

Where is the best place to install an air conditioner? 

Central air conditioning units are typically installed on the side or behind the house on a pad. The best place to install, particularly in Seattle, is one that will minimize noise to you and your neighbors, and allow for the least amount of electrical line, saving you cost. A great example of this would be right next to a garage. This is why we have a home energy specialist visit you and measure, so that we know we are keeping noise and cost in mind.

Is there ‘too big’ of an air conditioner? 

Absolutely, just like furnaces and heat pumps, air conditioners need to be sized to fit the square feet of the house and the size of the ducting. This sizing is done during the appointment with our Home Energy Specialist, and not only does it ensure the equipment fits your home, it ensures you don’t pay too much for too big of an AC unit. AC is an investment and we work with you to ensure it is sized to fit.

I am buying a house with a central air conditioning unit, what do I need to know? 

Congratulations! Several things are good to know about your new air conditioner, first is it working and if not, you are wise to build into the contract of sale an allowance for AC repair. It could be as simple as getting an air conditioning service call if it hasn’t been used in a while and needs refrigerant, but if there are parts blown, repair can be costly. Second, how old is it? Air conditioning technology has advanced significantly over the past decade and even a 10 year old AC may be an energy hogging appliance. Newer models may save up to 30% vs the cost to run the prior generation. 

I have one hot bedroom on the top floor. What’s the best way to cool it? 

The rest of your house is cool but you have one room or rooms upstairs that just don’t cool enough. If you have central air, the first place to start would be to assess if adding a cold air return could increase the airflow volume in the system and help get more to your upstairs. Another option would be to add a ductless heat pump just for the upstairs. For more information about inconsistent cooling in your house and what to do about it, check out our blog on the subject.

EER? Tons? Condenser Coil? What does it mean? Common Terminology of Air Conditioning Explained 

The Central Air Conditioning industry has many unique terms and acronyms. As a cooling contractor, we use them everyday in our language. Here are a few common terms translated in layman’s terms. Our Home Energy Specialists can provide a more detailed discussion of each topic.

  • BTU: British Thermal Unit. Isn’t this about heating? It’s both. For cooling, it’s a measure of the heat extracted from your home by the equipment. One BTU is equal to the heat produced by burning a 4″ wooden match. Each unit of heat that your A/C removes from the house, is a BTU of Cooling.
  • Condenser Coil: Aka the Outdoor Coil. This coil is an important part of your outdoor air conditioning unit or heat pump. It converts refrigerant that is in a gas form back into a liquid, pulling along heat from your house and releasing it outside. It’s an important component of your cooling equipment and should be maintained regularly.
  • EER: Energy Efficiency Rating. Measures the efficiency of your air conditioner in using energy to function. It divides the product’s BTU output by the watts of electricity used. The SEER, a related term, takes into account the EER over the course of a whole cooling season. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system is at turning electricity into cooling. Today’s most efficient equipment has a SEER of 17-20.
  • Tons: Cooling Capacity. Your cooling system has an ability to cool a given amount of space per hour. This is expressed in a capacity figure based on cooling BTU’s. One ton is 12000 btu’s/hour. Or said another way, the one ton system can get 12000 BTUs worth of heat out of the house. The use of the term ‘ton’ derives from the absorption of heat that people could obtain from a ton of ice back before refrigerants existed.  The average house will need between 2-4 tons of cooling power to provide comfortable air conditioning in summer.









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