A central air conditioning system offers many advantages over conventional air conditioning systems. Undoubtedly, central air is one of the most effective and efficient ways to circulate cool air throughout the house. However, central air conditioners offer one major benefit as they help improve the indoor air quality of your home. Centralized units send cool air directly through air ducts or vents located in each room, cooling your entire home to the desired temperature. Please note that second floors are a little harder to cool, as cold air drops. Ambient air is pulled into the air distribution unit (furnace) from each room through return-air ducts. The system filters the air that passes through it, removing airborne particles, like lint, and allergens, like dust, pollen and pet dander. Filtered air is then re-routed back to the rooms via a separate ductwork system. These systems can even trap the most microscopic pollutants. Obviously, more expensive filters can capture more pollutants and increase the air quality in the home. Having constantly clean and cool air is a major benefit with central air conditioners.
But the advantages don’t end there. The following are other advantages that central air conditioners have over other choices, such as evaporative coolers:
Know what the ratings mean:
S.E.E.R stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating”; the higher the SEER the greater the efficiency. The Department of Energy standards set the minimum SEER at 13.
Old inefficient units carry a SEER of 12 or less, and in most cases, utilize the now phased out R22 refrigerant. The new units optimize efficiency from 13 SEER to as high as 21 SEER and utilize R410A, an ozone friendly refrigerant. Purchasing a central air conditioner that is 15 SEER or greater can get you some incredible utility rebates as well as Federal Tax Credits.
Thinking of Replacing your Old Inefficient Central Air Conditioner? You should consider this:
Your old air conditioner probably utilizes R-22 ozone depleting Freon. The price of this Freon has more than tripled in a year and will continue to skyrocket until its phase out in 2015. The repairs are sometimes more or close to its price, more than purchasing and upgrading to a new energy efficient central air conditioner that contains the ozone friendly R410A Freon.
New high-efficient central air conditioning qualifies for local utility rebates and Federal Tax Credits, making the switch from old to new extremely attractive and affordable.
Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning prides itself by offering quality American-made products that fit almost any budget, and we offer free in-home estimates on new equipment installations.
Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to announce that we are one of the top rebate-producing contractors for Xcel Energy rebates. For customers to receive a rebate, they must work with one of the registered contractors on Xcel Energy’s rebate program. To become a qualified installer, HVAC companies have to agree to follow Quality Installation best practices and agree to installations being randomly inspected by Xcel Energy. Currently the rebate amounts to $500 for a new air conditioning system that meets the requirements, $300 for a new heating system, or $800 for an entirely new system (both the furnace and air conditioner). That’s money directly back in your pocket, which you can keep even if you are financing your system.
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