New Jersey Central Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning is one of the most popular cooling systems today. Central air conditioners circulate air through a system of ducts. Ducts connect your air conditioning unit to duct openings in your home's walls, floors or ceilings. Cooled air leaves these ducts, fills the room and eventually circulates throughout your entire home. As the air warms, it then flows back through return ducts where it is filtered and recycled back into the home as cool air.
Central Air Conditioning Types
Central Air Conditioning System
There are two main types of central air conditioning: split-system unit or packaged unit. The central air experts at Van Natta Mechanical can help you determine the right type of air conditioning system for your home.
Split-System Central Air Conditioner
Split-systems are the most common type of central air conditioning in the country. In a split-system, the evaporator coil, which removes heat from the inside air, is located inside the house. The condenser coil and the compressor are located in a separate metal case outside the house. The condenser coil releases the heat into the air outside and the compressor pumps refrigerant between the two coils.
If your house already has a central furnace, this is often the most cost-effective cooling system to install because it can share ductwork with the heating system.
Packaged Central Air Conditioner
Packaged central air conditioning systems contain the evaporator, condenser, and compressor in a single unit located outside of the home. Usually this packaged unit is located on the roof or near the foundation. This type of unit can be cost-effective for a new building that does not have a furnace installed yet because it can be combined with heating coils or a natural gas furnace and function as both a heating and cooling device in one convenient package.
Installing a Central Air Conditioning System
Central air conditioners are much more efficient than window air conditioners. They are also quieter because they can be placed in a spot that is out of the way. When considering what type of air conditioner to install, a primary factor in your decision should be the need for ductwork. If you already have ductwork for heating your home, a central air system can be installed with minimum construction work and at a relatively low price. However, if you have an older home that utilizes radiators for steam heat, you may want to consider installing a ductless mini split system. A Van Natta air conditioning expert can provide you with an estimate for air conditioning installation or replacement and can help you pick the right option for your home.
In addition to choosing the right type of air conditioner for your home, another consideration in your decision should be size. An air conditioner that is too small obviously will not be able to keep your home sufficiently cool. What many people don't realize is that an air conditioner too large for a home is also extremely inefficient. An oversized air conditioner will cycle on and off more than is necessary in order to maintain optimal temperature and will be wasting energy and putting strain on the compressor. When you get an estimate from Van Natta, you can rest assured that our air conditioning specialists will carefully weigh all the factors that go into choosing the right size air conditioner, including floor space, insulation, dimensions, exposure and more.
Air Conditioning Replacement or Upgrade
If you have an older air conditioning system in place, it may be worthwhile for you to replace your current system. The best modern air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy than air conditioners from 30 to 40 years ago. If your air conditioner is from the 70's or 80's, you could save a significant amount of money on cooling costs over the course of many years by upgrading. Even if your air conditioning system is only about 10 years old, you could still save 20% to 40% on your energy costs by switching to a new more efficient model.
When purchasing a new central air conditioner, look for a model with a high seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). The higher your SEER ratio, the more energy efficient your central air conditioning system is. The national minimum SEER requirement for new air conditioners is 13 but many older models can have a ratio of 10 or less. Upgrading an aging central air conditioning system can both save you money on energy while helping the environment .