Are you looking to replace your existing cooling system or install a new one to enhance your home comfort and beat the summer heat? More than 75 percent of U.S. homes use air conditioning, and 90 percent of new homes are equipped with central air.
The building industry and energy efficiency guidelines mandate that homes are built increasingly air tight. From an air infiltration standpoint, that is a good thing. From the perspective of indoor air quality and from a comfort standpoint, it is not such a good thing during the summer months if you do not have air conditioning.
Let Pyramid’s expert comfort consultants help you determine which option best suits your needs.
Central Air Conditioner
An air conditioner cools your home with a cold indoor coil called the evaporator. The condenser, a hot outdoor coil, releases the collected heat outside. Central air conditioners are more efficient than room air conditioners. In addition, they are out of the way, quiet, and convenient to operate.
Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid 1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.
Proper sizing and installation are key elements in determining air conditioner efficiency. Too large a unit will not adequately remove humidity. Too small a unit will not be able to attain a comfortable temperature on the hottest days. Improper unit location, lack of insulation, and improper duct installation can greatly diminish efficiency.
Thinking of installing or paring a heat pump? You might be surprised by just how much mileage, not to mention cost-saving efficiency you’ll get from a heat pump in the spring, fall and, winter months. A heat pump runs on electricity and draws heat from the external air or from the ground, transferring warm air to cool air, and vice versa.
High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months.
Ductless, mini split-system air conditioners have numerous potential for your home; room additions, hot or cold rooms, basements, or small apartments, where extending or installing ductwork is not feasible.
Since mini splits have no ducts, they avoid the energy losses associated with ductwork of central forced air systems. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption.
Mini splits can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a drop ceiling, or hung on a wall.