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Frequently Asked Air Conditioning Questions

Does a heat pump provide air conditioning too?

Yes! A heat pump takes heat from the outdoor air and sends it into your house to warm it. When it’s hot, it reverses its process and removes heat from your house to cool it. It’s a heating and cooling powerhouse.

Am I ready for an air conditioning unit replacement?

Air conditioner replacement for Northwest homes is roughly between 16-20 years. Old air conditioning units may still be running after this time, but not very efficiently. This results in energy waste and higher costs.

A common sign indicating that it’s time for an air conditioner replacement is strange noises such as popping, banging, rattling, or squealing. Like heating equipment, air conditioning systems benefit from annual maintenance, which will extend the life of your air conditioner and ensure you stay cool.

Be sure to also regularly clear dirt and leaves from the outdoor unit. This is especially true of Seattle area air conditioners where usage may last for only a few months each year. 

Does a ductless heat pump provide air conditioning also?

Absolutely. Ductless heat pumps provide quiet air conditioning and are much more energy efficient than window air conditioners.

Should I select an air conditioner or a heat pump?

There are many reasons you might select an air conditioning system over a heat pump in our region, but ultimately, it depends on your unique home and needs. For example, if you already have a high efficiency gas furnace, the energy savings you would get from adding a heat pump will not be as great as upgrading from a different heating system. In that situation, the addition of just the air conditioner would suit you best. But there are many other factors to consider, which is why our Home Energy Specialist will come to your house, do a proper measurement and assessment of your current system, and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

Washington Energy Services sells, installs, and services energy efficient air conditioning systems and heat pumps. So no matter what option you select, you’ll find the right system and model to get your home cool and comfortable.

Learn more about the difference between heat pumps and air conditioners with our AC vs. Heat Pump infographic.

What types of AC units do you sell? 

We provide central air conditioning installation and ductless split system installation. Both provide cooling and are full AC systems, not the box type of air conditioner that sits in a window or has a window panel insert. 

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

Central air conditioning units do cost more, but they can cover the whole house more evenly. Individual room air conditioners can run from $200-$450 for a window AC, and $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 window or portable air conditioners– totaling up to $3000. For just a bit more you can have central AC installed. 

Your specific AC cost will be based on your home’s floor plan, ductwork, square footage, and the energy efficiency or noise reduction features you choose. To get a quote for your home and learn about $35/mo financing options, please complete 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 the Northwest region, is one that will minimize noise to you and your neighbors and allow for the least amount of electrical line, saving on cost. Our Home Energy Specialist will visit your home and assess the best placement, always keeping noise and cost in mind.

Can an air conditioner be too large? 

Yes. Just like furnaces and heat pumps, air conditioners need to be sized to fit the square footage of the house and size of the ducting. This sizing is done during the appointment with our Home Energy Specialist, who ensures the equipment fits your home so you don’t overpay for a larger AC unit.

I am buying a house with a central air conditioning unit. What do I need to know? 

Congratulations! First find out if it’s working properly. If not, you may want to build an allowance for AC repair into the contract of sale. It could be as simple as getting an air conditioning service call if it hasn’t been used in a while and needs refrigerant. However, other repairs can be costly. 

You should also consider the age of the air conditioner. Air conditioning technology has advanced significantly over the past decade and even a 10 year old AC could be an energy hog. Newer models may save up to 30% on energy costs over 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 a room or two upstairs that just aren’t cool enough. If you have central air, the first step is to to assess if adding a cold air return could increase the airflow volume in the system and help get cooler air upstairs. Another option is 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 post 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. Here are a few common terms to help cut through the jargon. Our Home Energy Specialists can also provide a more detailed discussion of each topic.

  • BTU: British Thermal Unit. Isn’t this about heating? Yes! But it’s for cooling, too. 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 AC 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 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’s energy usage. 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 BTUs. One ton is 12000 BTUs/hour, meaning that 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 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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