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A & R Heating & Air Conditioning of Redding, CA is your go-to company for all things related to residential air conditioning. Your cooling system is one of the most important systems in your house. This is evident if you have ever experienced a problem with your system during a hot day in Redding, CA. We can maintain a properly designed system that operates efficiently for you. This will keep your home cool and your energy bills low.
How Does One Choose an Air Conditioning System?
Selecting an air conditioner for your home shouldn’t be a hassle, but is, however, a big decision. It’s an important investment for any home to have today and will play a key role in your home energy expenses for many years to come. When the California summer heat is at its worst, you’ll want your family to have the best, most reliable cooling comfort available. Here are a two main points to take into consideration:
1) What do good central air units have in common?
The best air units are efficient and operate on minimal electricity to keep utility bills at a minimum. They provide steady, dependable performance for many years when properly maintained. Good systems are quiet, long-lasting, and low in maintenance needs.
2) How can I be sure my unit is the right size?
As you may have guessed, an air conditioner that’s too small won’t keep your entire home very cool. But what many don’t realize is that an oversized system will turn on and off more than it needs to. This results in a waste of expensive energy and possibly puts undue strain on the compressor unit.
One of our professional staff members will determine the optimum size for your home by making a careful study of the area of your home combined with your cooling requirements. Window dimensions and exposure, floor space, insulation, and local climate are all taken into consideration. Heat-generating appliances, the direction your home faces towards the sun, and even the amount of your home’s exterior shaded by trees are also added into the equation.
We’ll specify the cooling capacity of the system in either Btu/h, which are British thermal units of heat removed per hour, or refrigeration tons, which is one ton being equal to 12,000 Btu/h.
Let’s Talk About Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners
One of your first questions would probably be which air conditioners are energy-efficient? Well, much like automobile manufacturers, today’s air conditioner manufacturers are legally required to evaluate and rate their equipment according to the energy efficiency measured. This rating is known in the industry as a SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER, the more efficient your equipment is.
Most new homes today that have central air already come equipped with a standard builder’s model. However, when replacing the entire unit becomes necessary, property owners can upgrade their air conditioning by having a more energy-efficient system installed.
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The Ruud Classic XIV® High Efficiency model, for example, has a SEER of 14.00, among the highest ratings available. This model is significantly higher than today’s standard models, many of which carry a SEER of around 10. High SEER models usually are more expensive, but can easily pay for themselves by reducing your home energy bills over the long run.
Getting a Well-Built Air Conditioner
Are some air conditioners built better than others? In a word, yes, many air conditioners are not built as well as they should be. The compressor is the heart of any condensing unit. On a very hot day, it works long and hard. Ruud installs a highly advanced scroll compressor in every Ruud condensing unit produced. Scroll compressors are recognized today by the industry as leading factors in reliability, efficiency and quiet operation.
Other features you would look for include louvered steel cabinets that protect the coils from damage that would result in expensive repair bills. With some condensing units, the fan itself can be another source of a loud noise. Ruud units have a grill design that minimizes air restriction; this results in a quieter fan operation.
Contact us for any questions you may have. Whether you are in need of a heating and air conditioning system, repair services, or planned maintenance, our skilled technicians can handle the job with ease. Call for a FREE estimate.