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An Easy Way To Extend Air Conditioning Into Your New Home Addition

 

We all love our home, and sometimes, this love entails adding a completely new addition so we can love it a little bit more – whether it be a patio, guest room or a new rec room for you and your friends to watch the playoffs.

If the room is located on a warmer side of the house, you wouldn’t think twice of having to heat it, but it is easy to overlook the fact that it will probably need to be cooled. Now, if you haven’t installed some form of air conditioning, you’re in luck because you can go ahead and install one for your entire house, including the new room.

However, if you have a pre-existing central air conditioning system, extending that system can become a real chore. Additional ductwork can lower your ceiling with a bulky duct system, which is not only not aesthetically pleasing but a completely unpleasant experience. When you install new ductwork, you have to work around the current system and conditions, and the materials used might not be accessible for additions.

If you decide to go down this road, you’ll need to not only locate and get into your current ductwork, but somehow access it in such a way as to extend it. Then, you’ll have to find a way to make sure both cool and hot air (if your furnace is incorporated into the duct system) does not pass by the new passage. A fan or boaster might need to be installed to force air flow through the new passage, and you’ll have to check to make sure your current heating and cooling systems have the necessary power to cool or heat your home’s addition.

If your addition is something more of a guest house or indoor garden shelter, expanding your current system is virtually impossible. Unless you have the expenditures for a second air conditioning unit, another method that may work best for you – in terms of energy and cost efficiency – is known as a ductless mini split.

A ductless mini split is made up of an outdoor unit, and usually one – but sometimes multiple indoor units. The indoor unit is placed high up in the room and is remote controlled. What’s wonderful about them is if you have multiple units in separate rooms, you don’t have to adjust one unit for multiple room comfort – rather you can adjust a single unit for that specific room. To put it simply: you can have comfort the way you want it. Some models even work backwards, so to speak, allowing a room to be heated on an otherwise cool night.

7 Tips for Keeping Cool & Saving Energy

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about ensuring your home is comfortable. Here are some air conditioning tips to get your home ready for the summer, while saving energy and money as well.

  • Air conditioners are design for around a 20 degree change in temperature. For instance, 100 degree air would only be cooled to 80 degrees. In this case, the hotter it is in your home, the longer and harder the air conditioner works, utilizing a lot of energy and in turn, your hard earned money.
  • To ensure your HVAC system isn’t overworked, and that you and your family is breathing clean air, change the filter in your air conditioner at least four times a year.
  • Consider alternatives to using your air conditioner on days that aren’t quite as hot as others. Simple things such as closing your blinds, shades and drapes on windows facing the sun, installing blinds or shades that are white and will reflect heat, and turning on ceiling fans or portable fans instead will keep you cool and save energy.
  • A nice breeze can more often than not do wonders for a hot interior. Opening windows or screen doors can allow the breeze to flow through the house which will cool the air.
  • An air conditioner in a properly shaded area can perform as much as 10% more efficiently. Trees or shrubs can provide the necessary shading, while still allowing air to flow around the air conditioner. Keep in mind that a technician will need easy access to provide service, so if you do plant trees or shrubs, ensure they aren’t too close.
  • Make sure your system is maintained throughout the year, especially before those incredibly hot summer days begin. Regular tune-ups reduce the risk of common malfunctions, and ensure that your air conditioner won’t leave you with the discomfort of a really warm home.
  • Some common sources of internal heat gain include, but are not limited to appliances, devices and lighting. If possible, avoid placing these near the air conditioners thermostat as they will trick the air conditioner into thinking the house is warmer than it is, leading it to run longer and waste energy.

For inquiries or questions regarding air conditioners, central heating, or other HVAC needs, contact us today at (705) 503 HEAT.

How a Central Air Conditioner Works

In order to give you a general idea of how a central air conditioner works, we have put together a short video. We hope that this may answer any questions you may have.

If you find you still have questions or would like to talk to us about getting a central air conditioner, feel free to contact us today!

Ductless Mini Split Air System

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Ductless Mini split systems

Ductless mini split systems are a great alternative to central air when wanting air conditioning in a home, office building or new addition that does not have ductwork.

These systems are made up of an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. Since the air compressor is located outside the home or building, this helps keep the system quiet and does not disrupt your home or office. Standard heating and cooling solutions run off one thermostat and works hard to heat or cool the whole building to the same temperature. For some people it ends up being too hot, while for others the temperature is too cold, and for a few it ends up feeling comfortable. A multi zone ductless mini split system allows you set up several inside units to one outdoor unit. And the best part is each indoor unit is controlled by its own remote control, allowing every area to be set to a desired temperature.

Most heating and cooling systems work hard to achieve your desired temperature by turning itself on and off in order to produce your desired temperature. This causes large temperature fluctuations and is an inefficient way to heat or cool an area. Now, new technology has surfaced that allows these machines to continually adjust the compressor as it detects changes in the room temperature, saving energy.

Another great highlight to these systems is that many now offer heating and cooling solutions. By running the system in a reverse mode, these units can heat an area when temperatures drop. Although, if temperatures drop too low, some units may require a secondary source of heat in order to keep your home or office at a comfortable temperature.

Quiet, easy to install and energy efficient. Contact us today for more on ductless mini split systems, and how they can be a benefit to your home or office.

Media vs. Electronic Air Purifiers

Know the difference between media air purifiers and electronic air purifiers to know which air cleaner is best for your home.

Media Air purifiers allow the air to flow through the system catching large and small particles with one or more filters. These filters come in many different styles according to the machine’s efficiency, size and material used. Filters are generally made up of a cloth like material that is disposable and should be changed on an annual basis.

Electronic air filters can also be known as ionizers or electrostatic precipitators. These use high voltage power to positively charge and attract particles onto large filter slots. These should be washed 3-5 times a year and reused.

Here are some Pros and Cons of Media Air Purifiers.

Pros are, filters only need to be replaced once a year and can be done fairly easily. These systems require less maintenance than the electronic air purifiers as they only need to be cleaned once a year.

Although these systems can tackle minor allergies, if your family suffers from severe allergies, this may not be the type of system you would want to go with.

Here are some Pros and Cons of Electronic Air Purifiers.

As just mentioned, Electronic systems tackle severe allergies much better than a media system. There also are little to no ongoing filter costs.

Unfortunately, it has been stated that some Electronic air cleaners emit low levels of ozone. And if you are looking for low maintenance, this may not be the air purifier for you. Once they are slightly dirty, they lose their efficiency, hence they need to be cleaned about 3 – 5 times a year.

Thanks for watching, for more information on Air Purifiers, call Affordable Comfort Heating and Cooling at 705-503-HEAT.