Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
How does your Heating & Air Conditioning system work?
An air conditioning system does more than cool the air. An air conditioning system cleans, circulates, cools and dehumidifies (removes moisture from) indoor air. The air conditioning system cools your home by transferring indoor heat (across the indoor coil) to the outdoor unit and outside with the help of refrigerant. The heat captured in the indoor coil is then released outside through the outdoor a/c condensing coil. As this cooling process takes place, the system also removes moisture and dehumidifies the air. The lower humidity makes the air feel cooler as compared to the same temperature with higher humidity.
A typical gas furnace heats your home through the burning of natural gas. A mixture of natural gas and air is ignited and passes through a chamber. As this combustion occurs, the chamber, known as the heat exchanger is heated up and becomes hot. Indoor air is then blown across the heat exchanger which absorbs the heat. The air then travels back into the house after being heated and distributed as needed. The combustion gases in the heat exchanger are then exhausted through the venting system to the outside.
A typical Heat Pump heats your home through the process of refrigeration, similar to how an air conditioning system works. These systems do not use/need natural gas to heat the indoor air, they use the power of refrigerant (pressure). During "heat" mode, a heat pump operates in reverse by capturing heat in the outdoor coil and then transferring that heat to the indoor coil. The indoor air is then passed across the indoor coil transferring the heat into your home.
SELECTING A CONTRACTOR:
Selecting the right contractor is key
Buying a new heating and/or air conditioning system is a major decision – ranking just behind paying for your home, your cars and your children’s college education. Selecting the right contractor to design and install your new system is essential. After all, homeowners only buy new heating and air conditioning systems once every ten or twenty years…maybe longer. Making sure your new system is designed and installed professionally is crucial to ensuring your home’s comfort for many years to come. Most systems never achieve the efficiency rating stated by the manufacturer due to improper installation. There are many factors effecting how efficient your system is, so the installation is very important. If the system is not installed exactly right, on all these aspects, your system will not perform as stated, thus requiring more energy. Every system installed by Caliber Heating & Air Conditioning Inc is thoroughly checked and balanced to ensure proper operation and efficiency.
Most people take for granted the comfort provided by their central air conditioner, heat pump or furnace until something goes wrong and the unit needs to be serviced or replaced.When this happens, you need a quality heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor who is knowledgeable, skilled and qualified to do the job. A quality contractor will advise you on what is best for you and your system, whether it be repaired or replaced.
Dependability.Look for a dealer you see in your community. You want one who’s close by to provide you faster, more convenient service.
The contractor should offer a recognized name brand and have a well-stocked inventory of replacement parts. You wouldn’t want to sit out a mid-summer heat wave waiting for a simple repair!
A Quality Contractor:
Complies with state and local codes and regulations
and carries the proper business license and insurance
Is prompt, courteous and provides fast, reliable service while attempting to perform service at your convenience
Has the skill and knowledge to not only service your equipment, but if necessary, to design and install the right system for you
Is up to date on the newest developments in equipment, technology and design procedures in order to choose and install a system which will be the most efficient and most reliable system for you.
A heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is designed to suit your needs. Your contractor selects each part of the system individually so that everything works at top efficiency to provide the comfort you need. All the system components are matched -the furnace, the condensing unit, fans and blowers, air conditioning coil, the duct work and so on to produce a heating and cooling system that will work best for you.
A quality contractor listens to your problems and cares about your comfort ...
... While attempting to find out if any rooms are too drafty or dry during the winter, or too hot or damp in the summer.
A quality contractor can help determine if your home or building is prone to indoor air pollution problems ...
... Which can be caused by organic resins or vapors, poor air turnover or high humidity. If allergies are a problem, a quality contractor can service your heating and air conditioning system and recommend system accessories that may prevent conditions that adversely affect health and comfort.
A quality contractor is concerned about protecting
Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC’s) used as air conditioning and heat pump refrigerant, have been linked to the destruction of the earth’s ozone layer. A quality contractor won’t release the refrigerant into the atmosphere and is trained and certified in the proper techniques for recovering, recycling, reclaiming and disposing of used refrigerant.
A quality contractor will show you how to care for your system on a day-to-day basis.
For example, how to change the filter and how to operate the thermostat. He or she will advise you about symptoms which could signal that there might be a problem with the equipment. After servicing your equipment, he or she will let you know when it should be serviced again.
If a new system is necessary, a quality contractor will perform a Manual J® load calculation ...
... And explain any changes which might be necessary in your duct system, and present options to help you make the best decision regarding replacing your old system.
A quality contractor offers a planned preventative maintenance service ...
... To maximize the life of your equipment. A quality contractor honors the terms of the warranty on the equipment throughout the warranty period.
A quality contractor does not offer price as the only consideration.
While it is a major factor, there often are valid reasons for price differences.
A quality contractor will follow up with you to make certain that you are satisfied with the service and with your new system.
When Consulting an HVACR Contractor:
Ask the contractor for references. Find out if other customers were satisfied.
Ask the contractor about his or her license. If a license is required in your area, ask for the license number.
Ask the contractor if he or she is a member of the
Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
ACCA members have access to the latest technical information regarding HVAC systems. Through ACCA, contractors learn how to make quality an integral part of their company operations.