In the Miami Valley, a reliable air conditioner is a necessity. Modern air conditioning equipment cools, dehumidifies and cleans indoor air while being more energy efficient than older units. You can rely on the professionals at Hauck Bros., Inc. to install a new air conditioner for the first time, replace an outdated or broken air conditioner, or service your current system. Since 1921, we proudly serve both residential and commercial customers with the industry’s leading equipment that will provide comfort for years to come.
HOW DOES AN AIR CONDITIONER WORK?
It doesn’t just blow cold air, there’s far more to it than that! Cooling coils carrying refrigerant help to remove heat and humidity from your home’s air, and your unit’s blower fan helps disperse the cold air. The hot air is released to the outside from the condenser. The compressor helps move the refrigerant through the coils and the condenser to cool the air for the blower to send into your home! Another fan sends the hot air through the condenser, while a filter removes things like dust and dander from the air. Finally, the thermostat regulates the amount of cold air that is being distributed to your home.
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF AIR CONDITIONER FOR YOU?
- A single stage air conditioner turns on when indoor temperatures exceed the temperature setting on your thermostat. Once the temperature set on the thermostat is reached it turns off again. Single stage air conditioners always operate at 100% capacity.
- More efficient than single stage units, two stage air conditioners vary their output between two levels: high and low. Ideally, the low stage would satisfy the thermostat most of the time. When necessary, the high stage would turn on. This helps eliminate temperature swings and helps to dehumidify the air, making you feel more comfortable for longer periods of time.
- Variable speed air conditioners precisely control the airflow throughout your home in order to maintain the highest level of comfort. This allows the air conditioner to run continuously, while consuming far less electricity than a single stage air conditioner. The constant airflow has some key benefits: maximum air filtration, dehumidification, minimum cold spots and quieter operation.
If you’re looking at replacing your air conditioner, high efficiency systems can help lower utility bills, be environmentally friendly and maintain your comfort level. There are also rebates and incentives from some manufacturers and utility companies for higher efficiency air conditioners.
EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio)
EER is calculated by dividing the input electrical power (measured in watts) by the amount of cooling created (measured in British Thermal Units or BTU’s) under a single set of conditions.
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating)
SEER is a ratio of the amount of cooling produced (BTU) divided by the amount of electricity (watts) used. The difference between SEER and EER is that SEER accounts for changes in outside temperature instead of just one temperature. EER should be used as a comparison when the outside temperature is consistently over 95 degrees F.
The higher the SEER, the greater the air conditioner’s efficiency could be. Generally, most single stage air conditioners rate from 13 to 19 SEER. Two Stage units rate from 17 to 21. Variable speed units rate from 19 to 26. Comparing against a 10 SEER air conditioner over 15 years*, a 13 SEER could save $1,125, a 16 SEER could save $1,830, a 20 SEER could save $2,430, and a 25 SEER could save $2,835.
*based on 2016 US National Average
Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. By choosing ENERGY STAR certified heating and cooling equipment and taking steps to optimize its performance, you can enhance the comfort of your home while saving energy and cost. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect our climate by helping prevent harmful carbon pollution and reducing other greenhouse gases. Air Conditioner split systems and packaged units over 15 SEER qualify for ENERGY STAR.
Don’t sacrifice your comfort!
Air conditioners play a big role in keeping homes and businesses comfortable during hot days. Being able to lower the temperature inside allows for people to stay cool and comfortable.
The temperature that feels comfortable may be different for everyone. With a variable speed air conditioner, having the air move constantly allows for better dehumidification, better filtration, and lessening of hot and cold spots. Even with the two speed air conditioner, having the low speed on the majority of the time makes the air feel more comfortable.
These features in different models add benefits beyond comfort, energy efficiency, and humidity control.
- Covers more of the surface of the outside unit protecting the coils from damage
Baked-on powder paint
- Makes the surfaces more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other finishes
High and Low Pressure Switches
- Monitors the pressure of refrigerant, will automatically turn off compressor to prevent damage if there is a problem.
Forward-swept condenser fan blade
- Helps improve the effectiveness of the fan while keeping noise down
Compressor Sound Hood
- Helps reduce noise
Energy Tracking, with qualified controller
- Based on your energy costs, maintains a log of energy use for that system.
Enhanced Diagnostics, with qualified controller
- Notifies servicer of problems, high and low humidity, and service reminders
PROLONG THE LIFE OF YOUR AIR CONDITIONING UNIT!
Just like your car, your air conditioner needs maintenance at least once a year to keep operating as efficiently as possible to provide the comfort you and your family deserve. Things you can do yourself include:
- Replace or clean your air filters regularly – this lowers your unit’s energy consumption by at least 5%.
- Clean the evaporator coil as needed, typically once a year.
- If any coil fins are bent, you can straighten them with a “fin comb.”
- Clean debris from the fan, compressor and condenser of your split system.
- Prevent drain clogs in your unit by passing a stiff wire through the channels once in a while.
- Inspect the window seals around your window unit to make sure air is not escaping.
- Be sure your thermostat is set properly.
- Make sure the drain isn’t clogged and that the filter isn’t dirty.
- If your unit needs more than this basic maintenance, be sure to call the professionals!
Benefits of Maintenance
- Prolongs equipment efficiency
- Promotes healthy clean air
- Supports lower utility costs
- Guards against unexpected failures
- Prolongs equipment life
- Keeps your equipment warranty valid
UNIT NOT COOLING PROPERLY?
These are some common issues we run into:
- Refrigerant could be low or leaking. Give us a call to give your system a recharge and/or repair the leak.
- Unit not turning on? Check the thermostat batteries or contact us to check the electrical connections.
- Is the airflow not as strong as it should be? Check the filter or contact us to check your ducts for leaks, and to clean and seal them.
Air conditioner cover
- Keeps debris out of the unit during the heating season
- Keeps the unit quieter, ideal when the unit is close to neighbors or outside sitting areas
- Keeps the unit level and off the ground for longer performance
Hard start kit
- An energy storing capacitor that helps your unit start when it is struggling to turn on