Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
Summer comes to bring warmth into are lives….. a lot of warmth sometimes, and maybe too much for some people. Air conditioning was designed to bring comfort to people. Over time the process was refined and in 1902 Willis Carrier designed a refrigeration system that all modern air conditioning is modeled after. Technology has come a long way since then, so much so that the choice of brands, types, efficiencies, and even the company you chose to perform the installation is varied and difficult to navigate. The following are some useful tips and information that might make the process a little easier.
Air Conditioning Basics 101
Some of the major air conditioning and heat pump brands are Carrier, Goodman, Rheem, Trane, Lennox, Ruud, Amana, and York. Most mainstream brands of HVAC (Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning) equipment are built with quality techniques to meet proper energy efficiency standards and to provide reliability. Efficiency of equipment is rated in SEER (Seasonal energy efficiency ratio) for modern equipment this rating starts at 13 SEER and for every unit higher it decreases the energy draw and increases the equipment’s energy efficiency.
When one thinks of cooling, they may not think of heat pumps. In fact, air conditioning is likely the first thought, a heat pump can both heat and cool, and in some applications, it's the preferred choice of cooling system.
Oh By The Way What’s a Heat Pump?
A Heat Pump is a Refrigeration System that can be used for Cooling and Heating. Refrigeration systems work by transferring heat from one area to another. The Heat Pump is a refrigeration system that has been in use for many years. Refrigerators and Air Conditioners are both common examples of simple a Heat Pump used for Cooling.
Heat Pumps transfer Heat by pumping a medium used for heat transfer through a cycle of alternating evaporation and condensation. Two of the most commonly used mediums are Refrigerants R22, and R410A. A compressor pumps the Refrigerant between two Heat exchanger coils. In one coil, the Refrigerant is evaporated at low pressure and absorbs Heat from its surroundings. The Refrigerant is then compressed en route to the other coil, where it condenses at high pressure. At this point, it releases the Heat it absorbed earlier in the cycle.
An Air Conditioner is an example of a Heat Pump operating in the Cooling only or Straight Cool configuration. Heat is absorbed from inside the space to be Conditioned and transferred outside.
The Heat Pump cycle is reversible by implementation of a reversing valve in the Refrigeration circuit. A Heat Pump can provide year round conditioned air for your home, heating in winter and Cooling and Dehumidifying in summer.
The Air Source Heat Pump is the most popular type of Heat Pump; it absorbs and transfers Heat from the outdoor air in winter and it absorbs and transfers Heat from the indoor air during summer. Another type of Heat Pump is the Ground Source Heat Pump, also called a Geo Thermal Heat Pump System, it can absorb and transfer Heat to or from the ground or ground water, and is quite popular in certain geographic areas.
Some Key Points
Perform research on equipment brands and types to determine what fits your needs and budget. Choose your HVAC contractor wisely, be sure they have a valid contracting license with little or no complaints, look for a good rating with the better business bureau, and ask for references. Quality installation workmanship is key to the functionality and longevity of new HVAC equipment. Air conditioning and heat pumps must be installed by manufacturer’s specifications and to local and/or national codes.
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