What is a SEER?

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. SEER is a rating measurement used by the federal government to regulate efficiency standards for air conditioners and heat pumps. The more efficient the unit, the less it will cost to run through out the year. A few benefits of using higher SEER equipment are reduced noise, better warranties, and possibility of rebates from your electric company.

What causes refrigerant leaks and how can they be prevented?

Generally leaks develop in the evaporator coil, located in the unit inside your home. The coil is subject to heat and cold causing expansion and contractions.  Holes may develop in the copper coil over a period of time. Replacement is usually the best way to fix the problem.

How do I take care of my air conditioner?

#1 Airflow. The air filter installed in your unit must be changed on a regular basis. Filter maintenance is a must to allow proper airflow to the cooling coil. A dirty filter could lead to loss of airflow freezing the indoor coil. The indoor coil will need to be cleaned from time to time to eliminate dirt build up. The condensate drain should be kept clear to prevent flooding or water damage. The outdoor unit should be cleaned every year also. Remove leaves, vines, and cottonwood lint, fire ants, to maintain efficient operation of your unit.

What is a ton?

A ton of cooling is 12,000 Btu. A two-ton system will have a cooling capacity of 24,000 Btu. a three ton system 36,000 Btu., a four ton 48,000. Btu Each ton of cooling requires 400 cfm. Of airflow.

Don't ignore your heating and cooling unit.

HVAC systems are usually installed where they are not seen on regular intervals. This is an easy way to forget about them. Leading to Decreased efficiency, higher electric bills, and eventual premature replacement, do to neglect. Because your HVAC system is out of sight, does not mean it can be neglected. Getting your HVAC system checked twice annually is the best way to insure longer life of the system and greater efficiency.