Here’s Why You Should Leave Your Air Conditioning Installation To A Professional

For homeowners throughout the Palm Springs area, air conditioning is not merely a luxury or a pleasant accessory to their homes, it’s an absolute necessity. With some of the highest temperatures in the country, residents of the area know how hot it can get during the summer, which means that their air conditioners have to work hard to combat the heat levels. Whatever type of system you have, and whatever condition it is in, it will inevitably endure significant wear and tear in this region. That’s what makes professional air conditioning installation so critical to your future comfort. If you’re in the market for a comprehensive cooling solution for your new home, or you want to replace your existing system with a highly energy efficient unit, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning today. We can make sure that your air conditioning installation in Palm Springs, CA is completed professionally.

Let’s take a look at what makes installation so important:

  • Size. Perhaps more so than any other single factor, the size of your AC will continue to impact your cooling experience long after the installation is done. An overly small system suffers from high energy costs and the risk of inadequate cooling, while an overly large system suffers from short-cycling. Pro installation ensures that you have an AC that matches the size of your living space.
  • Reliability. Simply put, you need your AC to last. One of the main benefits of pro installation is that you know the job is done right, which means that you can rely on your AC to work hard for you, despite the temperature outside. Amateur and DIY installation can lead to faulty connections, which can further lead to premature breakdowns and frequent repairs down the line.
  • Quality. A new air conditioning system is a major investment of your time and resources. It’s not something you do very often, and your home’s comfort and convenience will depend upon it for years to come. High quality equipment is incredibly important to ensure a great cooling experience, but equally important is the quality of the installation itself. Only by hiring a knowledge professional can you expect great performance.

Call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning today for all of your air conditioning installation needs in Palm Springs, CA.

What Does COP Stand for in an Air Conditioning System?

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningWe often encourage our customers to consider the installation of a high efficiency air conditioning system in Palm Desert, CA and the surrounding areas. In the extreme hot weather we experience in the Southern California deserts, this type of AC can make a big difference in cooling bills. We’ve previously written about SEER and EER, which are important measures of the efficiency of an air conditioning system. However, there’s another energy efficiency rating to discuss, COP, which stands for Coefficient of Performance.

What COP Means

Coefficient of performance is used in a number of applications, but it’s usually applied to air conditioners and heat pumps. It’s a ratio of work or useful output to the amount of work or energy input. This sounds quite similar to SEER and EER, but there are a few differences. For one, COP can also be used to measure the output of heat from a system, which is why it’s useful for discussing heat pumps. SEER and EER, on the other hand, are applied only to cooling power, measuring how an air conditioner is able to move heat out of the house.

COP is equal to the heat delivered (which means in an air conditioner the heat delivered to the outside of a house) as measured by British Thermal Units (BTUs) per hour divided by the heat equivalent of the electric energy input. So an AC that generates 3.6kW of heat to the outside while using 1kW of energy has a COP of 3.6. The higher the COP, the more efficient the system.

Different from EER and SEER, which are focused on the cooling power of the system—in other words, how much heat is removed from the house—COP is focused on the heat produced on the outside. This is why COP is often more useful for determining the effectiveness of heat pumps, which can switch to moving heat inside. However, the rating shouldn’t be ignored on a standard air conditioning system. HVAC professionals can help you read the different efficiency ratings to find the right new system for you.

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3 Signs That You Need a New Air Conditioner

The days are beginning to warm up, and before long we’ll be in the middle of the hottest time of the year. That means it’s time to start getting your air conditioner prepped for the added stress of keeping you cool all summer long. Part of those preparations, however, include evaluating whether your air conditioner can even make it through another summer. If not, you’ll need to have it replaced with a new one. How can you tell if you need a new air conditioner? Read on to find out.

Age

The easiest way to evaluate whether or not you need a new air conditioner is to look at the age of your current one. Most air conditioners are built to last around 15–20 years, with regular repairs and maintenance. If your air conditioner is that old, and has been experiencing problems, it is probably cheaper in the long run to just replace it than to keep it running. Even if the system is running fine at that age, the increase in efficiency that you would get from a new system would probably still be worth the switch.

Efficiency

Older systems are worn out, plain and simple. The wear and tear on their constituent parts makes them less efficient than they once were, causing them to have to stay on for longer to achieve the same temperature changes. This leads to higher electric bills, which is a good sign that you need a new air conditioner.

Repairs

That same wear and tear that decreases the system’s efficiency will eventually cause parts to fail. A healthy system should only need repairs every year or two. In an older system, however, the advanced wear and tear will start causing groups of parts to fail in rapid succession. If you have to have your air conditioner repaired every few months, it’s time to replace it.

If you need a new air conditioner, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We install and service air conditioners throughout Yucaipa, CA.

Why the Installation of Your Air Conditioning System is So Important

Getting a new air conditioning system installed in your home is a huge decision and one that you will have to live with for many years. You rely on your air conditioning system a lot—especially during the summer when it gets really hot here in the desert. One of the best things that you can do for the performance, consistency and efficiency of your AC system is to get it installed by a professional Palm Springs air conditioning technician. Here at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer a full range of air conditioning installation services and we wanted to share some of the benefits to getting your air conditioner installed by a pro. Give us a call if you have any questions or if you’re interested in getting help with your new air conditioning system.

Benefits of Professional Air Conditioning Installation Services in Palm Springs, CA

Here are a few of the potential benefits to getting your air conditioner installed by a professional Palm Springs, CA air conditioning installation specialist.

  • Faster service – When you call a professional contractor to install your home’s new air conditioning system you know that they have the years of experience and training to get the job done as fast as possible. They don’t need to spend time reading the manual, or running out to grab missing parts. They’ll be able to know exactly what to do from the moment they get to your home. When the temperature starts to rise you don’t want to have to wait to have your new AC system installed.
  • Better quality – One of the most common causes of air conditioning repair is bad installation. There are so many different calibrations and connections that need to be made and if one of them isn’t done properly it can cause years of poor and inefficient performance. Make sure that you call for professional Palm Springs air conditioning installation services when you need a new system installed.
  • Warranty on labor – Finally, make sure that you work with a contractor that offers some kind of warranty on their labor. If part of the equipment goes bad it might be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. But working with a professional company that guarantees their labor will go a long way if something goes wrong.

If you need air conditioning installation services, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. Our Palm Springs air conditioning technicians are highly trained and we offer a variety of warranties on our labor. Call us today to learn more.

What Kind of Air Conditioning Should I Get for My New Installation?

There was a time when choosing a central air conditioning system for a home was straightforward, since there was little in the way of variety available. Professionals still needed to size the unit for the home and then take care of the actual installation work, but almost all ACs were split systems that used an outdoor condenser unit and an indoor evaporator and air handler connected to ductwork.

Today you have more choices when it comes to air conditioning. And with more choices comes some confusion. Which is the right unit for your home? Below are some of the air conditioning options available to you.

  • Standard split units: There’s nothing wrong installing a traditional central air conditioning system. If you have a home with an extensive duct network already in place, this is often the best of your choices.
  • Ductless mini splits: Rapidly gaining in popularity across the country, ductless mini splits offer energy efficiency, zone control, an increase in indoor air quality, and many other advantages that come with the lack of ductwork. A ductless mini split works especially well for older homes without room for ducts and for new home construction.
  • Package units: This is essentially a “non-split” air conditioner, in which the condenser and evaporator are housed within a single outdoor unit. These are popular with businesses, but can sometimes benefit homes.
  • High efficiency systems: Of course everyone wants an AC that works at high efficiency, but there are special units on the market today that can achieve remarkable levels of energy savings. But you need to be certain that these units are matched well to your home before deciding to install one.

To get started with selecting your new air conditioning system, contact HVAC professionals who will help you make the best choice that will fit with your comfort needs and budget.

If you are looking for exceptional customer service, call Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer air conditioning installation in Cherry Valley, CA.

The Thermal Expansion Valve and Better Air Conditioning Performance

Now is one of the best times to consider replacing your old AC and installing a new system. Hotter weather is already arriving, and we can expect to experience another scorching summer, when it’ll be necessary to have air conditioners in our homes that are capable of handling 100°F+ temperatures on a regular basis.

But putting in a new air conditioner is also about having a system that will save money while working with greater reliability. One of the key components of the an effective and efficient air conditioner is a part called the thermal expansion valve (or TXV). We’re going to take a look at what this component does and how it significantly improves efficiency and performance in a cooling system.

What the thermal expansion valve (TXV) does

A TXV is designed to regulate the flow of refrigerant into the evaporator (the indoor part of an air conditioning system containing the evaporator coils). Controlling this flow is important to increase the evaporator’s energy efficiency, but it also stops excess liquid refrigerant from getting into the compressor, a condition known as floodback that can cause the compressor serious damage, even leading to it burning out.

When refrigerant first enters the TXV, it’s in liquid form, having cooled down after moving from the outdoor condenser coils. The TXV reduces the pressure of the liquid, which causes it too cool down more. The valve then controls the rate at which the cold liquid refrigerant flows into the evaporator in order to match the flow rate against the speed at which the refrigerant evaporates in the coil. This ensures the most efficient evaporation (which absorbs heat) and keeps a flood of refrigerant from getting to the compressor.

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that when you’re looking for a new AC that you check to see that the model you purchase has a high-temperature rating (EER) greater than 11.6 and a thermostat expansion valve in order to ensure the best performance under even the hottest conditions.

To arrange for new air conditioning installation in Desert Hot Springs, CA, contact Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

Time to Look into Installing a High Efficiency Air Conditioner!

For much of the rest of the country, thinking about installing central air conditioning during mid-February sounds a bit nutty. But here in Southern California’s desert communities, it’s always a good time to investigate options for better cooling. Especially when that better cooling also comes with energy-saving performance!

Going high efficiency with your AC

Every year, air conditioning technology advances farther. New ACs in general use less power than older ones, thanks in part to the development of thinner aluminum refrigerant coils that helps them absorb heat faster and more effectively before. The SEER rating of air conditioners (a measure of how much cooling a system produces compared to the electricity it draws) is risen significantly, and you should aim to find a system with a SEER rating of 14.5 of higher, which is the requirement for a system to earnt the ENERGY STAR label.

Among the various types of air conditioners available, there are some special high-efficiency models that can score 18 SEER and above. These air conditioners are variable-speed models. What this means is that the blower fan on the AC can operate at different power levels. The conventional AC has a fan that is simply “on” or “off”; when running, it runs at top capacity, and that’s not always the most effective use of energy. A variable-speed air conditioner can run at a lower capacity for the fan, and it will automatically adjust itself to match the comfort needs of the house. Nearly 80% of the time, the air conditioner will run at the lower speed, and this mean a significant reduction in energy consumption.

Be cautious in choosing a high-efficiency system!

Something to keep in mind: a high-efficiency rating doesn’t automatically mean a system that’s better for your home. A system with a high SEER rating may not effectively cool your house. Talk to professional installers before making a decision about your new AC.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning will guide you toward the best air conditioning installation for your Palm Desert, CA home.

Air Conditioner Efficiency: What Are EER and SEER?

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningWe’re in the middle of the time of the year when homeowners are often looking into replacing their air conditioning systems. Having a new air conditioning installation in Palm Desert, CA before the big heat of summer strikes is a good idea. If you have any suspicions that your current AC won’t make it through the coming season, make an appointment with our team to look over the air conditioner and offer you recommendations about whether to replace it or not… and what kind of system to replace it with.

The Question of Efficiency

When looking into the installation of a new air conditioning system, one of the key things to investigate is energy efficiency. Newer air conditioners have higher energy-efficiency ratings than ever before, and requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program have increased since 2015.

However, just because one AC model has a higher efficiency rating than another doesn’t automatically mean it will save you more money. It’s vital to have professionals assist you with locating a system that not only has the best efficiency for your needs, but also is the right size for your home’s cooling requirements.

With this in mind, let’s take a close look at the two efficiency ratings you find on air conditioners—EER and SEER—and what makes them different.

EER = Energy Efficiency Ratio

The energy efficiency ratio (EER) is the basic way of measuring how much electrical energy an air conditioner uses to provide cooling. The ratio is the amount of heat removed from the air (measured as BTUs, British Thermal Units) to the amount of electricity consumed (measured in watt-hours). The test to determine EER is done under a set of specific conditions: outdoor temperatures of 95°F, indoor temperatures of 80°F, and 50% relative humidity levels. The higher the resulting number, the less electricity the system uses to produce cooling. The current EER requirement for ENERGY STAR certification is 12.5 or greater for split systems.

SEER = Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

If SEER and EER look like they are almost the same thing, it’s no accident. SEER is the same ratio of heat removed from the air to electricity consumed, and the higher SEER, the more efficient the system. So what difference does that “S” make? It’s the difference in how the measurements are made. SEER is determined over an entire season and a variety of conditions, rather than a single spot test under one set of conditions. Testing for SEER uses indoor and outdoor temperatures from as low as 65°F to as high as 105°F, with an equally wide range of relative humidity levels. This gives a sense of how efficiency an AC will perform over an entire summer season. The current SEER requirement for ENERGY STAR certification is 15 or greater for split systems.

Which Rating Is More Important?

They’re both important, although you’ll probably lean a bit more on SEER since it allows an easier calculation of what you might save over a whole season of cooling. As long as you have a professional HVAC technician to assist you with your new air conditioning installation, you shouldn’t have a difficult time finding the SEER/EER combination that will work best for your home and deliver genuine energy savings this summer and many summers to come.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning has served the Desert Communities and the Inland Empire since 1980.

July Employee of the Month – Paul Bird

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningCongratulations to our July Employee of the Month, Lead Installer, Paul Bird! He has demonstrated an eagerness to excel in his field and willingness to broaden his knowledge. Paul has been with Russell’s for one and a half years and has always shown signs of being a true leader by stepping in beyond his regular duties. His true dedication and respect to his customers, the office staff and co-workers really sets him apart. THANK YOU Paul!

When not the lead installer of air conditioning units, Paul enjoys spending his time with his wife.  He also enjoys a good day (or weekend) of fishing.

How SEER Ratings Affect Air Conditioning Size

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it measures the efficiency of your air conditioning system. The higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner. Systems made since 2006 need to have a SEER rating of at least 13, but some units can go as high as 24. This can have a profound effect not only on your monthly energy bills, but on the proper size of your air conditioner. Services that offer air conditioning installation in Beaumont, CA can explain the specifics based on your particular household.

Here’s Some General Information about How SEER Ratings Affect Air Conditioning Size

By “size,” we mean the power output of the air conditioner, which needs to be carefully balanced against the specifics of your home. A unit that’s too small won’t have the power to adequately cool the hose. A unit that’s too large will cycle on and off too rapidly, increasing strain and wasting far too much energy. (Air conditioners use exponentially more energy when they start up and shut down than they do when they’re just running.) So sizing becomes very important when determining the most efficient unit for your home.

Some of that involves the physical dimensions of your house (square footage, leaky windows, the presence of insulation in the attic, etc.). But it also involves the SEER rating in your air conditioner. For example, a unit that performs 30% more efficiently than another unit is going to cool your home more quickly as a result. That means it doesn’t need to be as powerful in order to be properly balanced for your household. Indeed, it plays a major part in those considerations, meaning that you need to compare the SEER rating with the size (and price) of each of the units you consider.

The good news is that a qualified professional can provide strong advice on how SEER ratings affect air conditioning size. The experts at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning handle air conditioning installation in Beaumont, CA and can help find the right sized system for you. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!