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Air Conditioning Services
Home Comfort Practice is more than just a name; it's our commitment to ensuring every home experiences unparalleled comfort through our HVAC expertise. From installations to maintenance, our insights pave the way for optimal cooling solutions. Find all the answers to every air conditioning question you might have, right here.
A: The COP measures the efficiency of an air conditioning system by comparing the energy input to the cooling output. A higher COP indicates better efficiency. For Connecticut homeowners, a system with a high COP ensures more cooling for every unit of energy consumed. At Home Comfort Practice, we emphasize the importance of COP when guiding homeowners through replacement decisions, ensuring optimal energy utilization.
Rightsizing is crucial because it ensures the AC unit is tailored to your home's specific needs. An oversized unit can lead to frequent cycling, reducing efficiency and the unit's lifespan. On the other hand, an undersized unit will run continuously, leading to higher energy bills and reduced comfort. We always prioritize rightsizing to ensure optimal performance.
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AC units typically last 10-15 years. As they age, their efficiency and performance degrade and may require frequent repairs. If you've noticed a spike in your energy bills, it might be time for a replacement. Other indicators include inconsistent temperatures across rooms, reduced airflow, and if the unit uses outdated refrigerants like R-22. Older units lack modern features and might use phased-out refrigerants. Replacing an old unit can lead to better performance, energy savings, and a reduced environmental impact.
When advising homeowners at Home Comfort Practice, we emphasize considering the size of their home, the unit's energy efficiency (SEER rating). The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating is a measure of the unit's energy efficiency. A higher SEER rating means the unit is more energy-efficient, leading to lower energy bills. Other factors like the type of refrigerant used, the unit's noise levels, smart thermostats integration, air purification and dehumidification can also play a role in the decision-making process.
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Homeowners often approach us at Home Comfort Practice with issues like their AC not turning on, hearing unusual noises during operation, feeling warm air from supply registers, or noticing water pooling around the unit. Other concerns include refrigerant leaks, frozen evaporator coils, and malfunctioning compressors or fans. At Home Comfort Practice, our trained technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose issues promptly and recommend the best course of action.
If your AC doesn't turn on, first check the thermostat settings and ensure it's set to "cool." Inspect circuit breakers and fuses for any trips or burns. While basic troubleshooting can be done by homeowners, it's advisable to call our professional team at Home Comfort Practice when the AC isn't cooling effectively, makes unusual noises, emits strange odors, or shows signs of a refrigerant leak. Our experts can diagnose and fix the issue efficiently, ensuring the unit's longevity.
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Regular AC maintenance is the key to ensuring the unit operates efficiently, extends its lifespan, reduces energy bills, and helps in the early detection of potential issues. Regular checks can lead to energy savings and consistent indoor comfort. For optimal performance, we recommend homeowners opt for bi-annual maintenance, ideally once in spring before the peak summer season and once in fall before winter. This ensures the unit is prepared for the demands of the extreme seasons and operates efficiently throughout the year.
Comprehensive AC maintenance includes:
- Clean AC coils ensure efficient heat transfer. Dirty coils can hinder this process, making the unit work harder and consume more energy. Regular coil cleaning, ensures the unit cools the home effectively and operates efficiently.
- Replacing air filters. Old or clogged air filters restrict airflow, forcing the AC to work harder leading to reduced cooling efficiency, increased energy consumption, and potential wear on the unit's components.
- Checking and cleaning condensate drains.
- Lubricating mechanical parts.
- Checking refrigerant levels.
- Inspecting electrical connections.
- Verifying thermostat settings and testing the system controls to ensure proper operation.
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