Be sure your home's air is clear of dust, pollen,
fungi, smoke and other particles too small to see. It's easy with a HEPA, Electronic or Media Air Cleaner. These cleaners
provide stepped-up filtration, more effective than your furnace or air conditioner alone. In fact, these cleaners can remove
up to 94 percent of the particles that pass through your home's system. And since these pollutants can build up as film
on walls and furniture, this is performance you'll feel and see.
An air conditioner is the outdoor unit that cools air and sends it to the indoor unit for circulation
through your home. Indoor and outdoor units are designed to work together. When the air conditioner is properly matched with
a furnace or air handler, you get maximum efficiency and longer system life.
A traditional home comfort system has two parts: an outdoor unit, such as an air conditioner or heat
pump, and an indoor unit. The air handler is the indoor unit that circulates cool air through your home in the summer and
warm air in the winter. The indoor and outdoor units are designed to work together. Air handlers supply conditioned air evenly
throughout your home, when used in place of a furnace, with either an air conditioning or heat pump system.
A traditional home comfort system has two parts: an outdoor unit,
such as an air conditioner or heat pump, and an indoor unit, such as a furnace or air handler. The evaporator coil is a series
of piping connected to a furnace or air handler that blows indoor air across it, causing the coil to absorb heat from the
air. The cooled air is then delivered to the house through ducting. The refrigerant then flows back to the compressor where
the cycle starts over again.
Furnaces heat and
circulate warm air in the winter. Furnace heating ability is measured with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) percentage.
A higher AFUE percentage indicates a more efficient furnace.
A split system heat pump keeps homes comfortable all year long. In summer, it draws heat out of your home to cool it. In
the winter, it draws heat from outside air into your home to warm it.
Packaged Heating and
In a packaged system, all equipment is built into an outdoor unit, usually on a
concrete slab or other platform. The "package" that gives it its name provides central air conditioning during the
summer and heat in colder months.
extremely important because they are your interface and control system for your heating and air conditioning equipment. This
is the device that will give you the information on what the equipment is doing, when it needs to be serviced, and allows
you to set the exact temperature and humidity you want to maintain in your home.
Zoning allows you to have different temperatures in each room or area of your house. You can have
one temperature in the kitchen, another temperature in the family room, another temperature in your bedroom, etc. Not only
does this provide much more comfort but it can save you up to 20% per year in your annual operating costs because you don't
overheat or overcool the areas that are unoccupied. The operating cost savings could be the equivalent to that of going from
a 13 SEER air conditioning system to a 15 SEER system.