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What are the basics of Air Conditioning?

A central air conditioning system consists of a condensing unit and an evaporator coil. The condensing unit compresses and cools refrigerant gas before sending it to the evaporator coil. A blower passes air over the super cooled coil, cooling the air. This cool air is then circulated through ducts in your home. A “split system” air conditioning setup places the condensing unit outside your home and the evaporator coil inside.

How is Efficiency of Central Air Conditioning Rated?

The efficiency of a central air conditioner is indicated by its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit. The more efficient the unit, the less electricity needed to operate it.

How Do I Benefit From a Two-Stage Compressor?

Two-stage cooling means the air conditioner or heat pump has a compressor with two levels of operation: high for hot summer days and low for milder days. Since the low setting is adequate to meet household-cooling demands 80 percent of the time, a two-stage unit runs for longer periods and produces more even temperatures.

Longer cooling cycles also translate to quieter, more efficient operation and enhanced humidity control. Compared to a single-stage unit, a two-stage air conditioner or heat pump can remove twice as much moisture from the air. This is important because when moisture levels are high, there’s a higher potential for mold and other pollutant problems.

Why is it Important to Choose the Right Size System?

Choose a unit that’s too large, and it will cost more to purchase, more to operate and probably won’t remove enough humidity from the air to make you feel comfortable. Choose a unit that’s too small, and it will lack the capacity to give you the comfort you want on the hottest days.

What is Energy Star Compliant?

  • Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. 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. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect our climate by helping prevent harmful carbon pollution and reducing other greenhouse gases.Products can earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the energy efficiency requirements set forth in ENERGY STAR product specifications. EPA establishes these specifications based on the following set of key guiding principles:
  • Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.
  • Qualified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
  • If the qualified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.
  • Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.
  • Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
  • Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers.

Getting started with air conditioning equipment and installation in Connecticut

Your Wesson Energy consultant can help you determine the proper size, brand, model and technology to keep your home or business cool and dry. Contact Wesson Energy for air conditioning equipment and installation in Connecticut.