Silverstate Air Conditioning HVAC Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions
The team at Silverstate Air Conditioning AC wants you to know that before selecting a type of air conditioning and setting up an installation with a Las Vegas air conditioning contractor, there are some important questions to answer and consider. Being well-versed in the various types of heating and cooling systems, as well as what various terms mean, will help you make the best, most cost-effective decision for your unique situation.
1. Is geothermal air conditioning and heating a viable alternative for me?
Geothermal air conditioning and heating technology is a viable alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems for anyone in the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area. Its up-front costs, which are higher than competing traditional systems, are higher — but they are offset by lower maintenance costs, lower repair costs, and a handful of generous “green energy” tax credits passed by the federal government. With their lower overall use of resources, geothermal heating and cooling systems can result in lower utility bills each month, further increasing their viability as an alternative to older systems.
2. What is a heat pump?
Simply put, a heat pump is a device that transports heat from one location to another rather than burning something or using electric resistance to make heat, typically from the ground (in geothermal setups) or from the air. When a heat pump is switched into a reverse mode, it helps to cool a building by extracting, rather than supplying, hot air. Heat pumps stand out among the many ways to heat and cool a building because they can perform both the heating and cooling functions, saving on costs, repair issues, and the space needed to keep a home or office building cool and enjoyable throughout the seasons.
3. What does the Energy Star rating mean on HVAC equipment?
Like most appliances throughout your home, your HVAC equipment is inspected by the Environmental Protection Agency to determine how many kilowatt hours it uses per year. Once this value is determined, it is assigned a rating based on its energy efficiency, with a lower number of kilowatt hours earning it a higher Energy Star rating and a higher amount earning it a proportionally lower score on the EPA’s energy efficiency scale. When selecting a heating and cooling system for your home or office, it’s important to select a system with the highest Energy Star rating possible, as this will result in maximal savings on monthly utility costs. As an added bonus, higher-rated devices are likely to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to an overall “greener” lifestyle.
4. Are preseason check ups for my air conditioner and furnace really necessary?
Absolutely. Your heating and cooling system depend on preventive maintenance as much as the average American depends on preventive care to notice any problems that could turn into bigger issues in the future. A pre-season checkup for your heating and cooling units can help to spot problems with the equipment before they turn into larger issues that can leave you sweating all summer long, or scrambling for space heaters in the cooler months.
Additionally, these pre-season checkups are a great way to “tune up” your heating or air conditioning unit and ensure that they’re operating at their most efficient levels. Remember, it’s a great idea to purchase an efficient heating or cooling system, but it will do you no good at all if it’s not functioning properly. A malfunctioning unit with a high Energy Star rating from the government can still run up your utility bills and cost you a great deal every month without proper care.
5. What is zone heating and cooling?
Put quite simply, zoned heating and cooling allows you to control the temperature of the rooms in your home or office individually. This has several major benefits that will help you save on your monthly bills as well as live in harmony with your family, whose temperature preferences are surely across the board from cool to hot.
With zoned cooling, you can save on your monthly utility bills by turning up the heat in your most-used rooms. That means bedrooms, living rooms, entertainment areas, and other important rooms in your house can be comfortably warm throughout the colder months, or cooler in the summer months. But for rooms you don’t use, like storage rooms, guest bedrooms, and utility rooms, you can turn the temperature down and save on your monthly bill by not paying to heat rooms which are hardly ever used by your family.
It also means that each bedroom can have its own thermostat and no one will have to argue over whether the temperature is too hot, too cold, or just right. Think of this as a great, additional benefit to the energy savings you’ll enjoy on your monthly utility bills.
6. What does SEER rating on air conditioners mean?
SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio” and is a method used to determine how much energy an air conditioning unit requires. It is determined by taking the total seasonal output over the course of an average summer and dividing it by the electrical input required to operate the air conditioning system. An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating is more energy efficient than those with lower ratings, using less energy and electricity to accomplish the same task. Higher SEER ratings are more “green” and lead to lower utility bills due to their reduced consumption.
7. What does HSPF rating on heat pumps mean?
The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, or HSPF rating, on heat pumps, is designed much the same as an air conditioning unit’s SEER rating. It divides the total output of a heat pump over the course of the heating season divided by the electrical input required to operate the unit. HSPF ratings are used to determine which heat pump is required for a particular region or climate zone, with those that produce more heat and use more energy designed for colder areas. This ensures that you will not install a unit that is overpowered for your particular climate zone, and results in energy and utility cost savings.[/fusion_text]