The answer usually depends on the age of your cooling system. A residential air conditioner or heat pump will typically use one of two refrigerants: R-22 (also called Freon) or HCFC-22. If your air conditioner was manufactured prior to 2010, it will use HCFC-22.
R-22, or Freon, is harmful to the earth's ozone layer. Freon is slowly being replaced with more environmentally-friendly refrigerants. The most common replacement for R-22 in central air conditioners is R410A, also known as Puron. If your central air conditioner is still using R-22, it will not be compatible with R410A.
When you upgrade to an R-410A central cooling system, a new line set and new evaporator coil will be installed to replace the older R-22 equipment. R-410A cooling systems have proven to be dependable, efficient, and quieter for your West Haven, CT, home.
With our steamy Connecticut summers, a central air conditioner is not just a luxury, it's a necessity. Air conditioners work hard to keep our homes comfortable, but have you ever thought about how they work? Here's a brief overview.
A typical central cooling system is a split system, meaning it consists of an outdoor unit housing a condenser coil and compressor, and an indoor evaporator coil, usually installed in conjunction with an air handler inside the house.
The compressor pumps a chemical refrigerant through the indoor evaporator coil. As warm air inside your home blows across the evaporator coil, the heat energy is transferred to the refrigerant inside the coil. It's this transfer of heat that cools the air. The heat absorbed by the refrigerant is sent outside while cooled air is blown back inside. This condensing process also removes excess humidity from the air.
A home's ductwork is designed to distribute conditioned air throughout your home, it also returns air to the air handler to repeat the process again.
The thermostat is the "brains" of the central heating and cooling system. Once the temperature is programmed, it maintains an even temperature. Some thermostats can be programmed to work on a schedule, saving energy when the house is unoccupied.
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Maintaining your home's air conditioner is the key to ensuring that it runs reliably and efficiently all season long. Watch the video below to learn more.
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It's not uncommon for homeowners in West Haven, CT, to tell us that their living room is perfectly comfortable while their bedroom is always too warm. If you have noticed that temperatures fluctuate throughout your home, there are several things you should check.
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