Category Archives: Air Conditioning System
What Type of HVAC System is Needed for my Mobile Home?
Many people are skeptical when it comes to the mechanical aspect of mobile or manufactured homes. Is my mobile home big enough for a split system? Am I stuck with a package system? What size air conditioning system do I need? These questions are great to ask your local air conditioning company. At AC Today, we have experience installing air conditioning systems for mobile homes. Unlike standard residential homes, the air conditioning system for mobile homes are not the same. The air conditioning system is specifically designed to utilize the space within your mobile home. The larger the home, the larger unit you are able to have. However, if you have a smaller mobile home, you will need to adapt to a smaller unit.
As the population grows here in Florida, so does the amount of mobile home parks. Like many homes in Florida, you are likley to find furnished homes with an air conditioning system already in place. A brick an mortar home will have a system around the 3-5 ton range due to larger square footage. Our technicians will measure the exact size that is needed for the amount of space you have. There are also a few factors that contribute to the unit you may need. Our technician will assess the direction your home faces, the number of windows and visually see if you are in a shaded area. These factors may seem small for an untrained individual, but it is essential in deciding the size of the air conditioning system you need.
Many people seem to think that they could install a window unit to cool down the mobile home, this is not really recommended. Since mobile homes are longer than they are wide, a typical single wide home makes it harder to cool. You would need to have multiple window units placed around the entire home to cool down every room. This could cost you more than it would to maintain a central air conditioning system.
There are two main options that can be installed in a mobile home; a split system or a package unit. Both systems perform adequately in either setting. The main difference is the package unit will work more effectively at a high static pressure for smaller duct systems. Package units also take up no interior space in the home and we all could use more closet space, couldn't we. Here are a couple descriptions for both types of air conditioning systems used in mobile homes.
"Package" HVAC System
A packaged HVAC system offers both cooling and heating performance, all from one unit. This type of system is primarily used within mobile or manufactured homes. Since there is virtually no room for ductwork or an air handler inside the home, the package unit is normally installed outside on top of the flat roof or on the ground. When you have a package unit, it is very important to have a professional air conditioning company to install or maintain the unit. If it is not installed properly, you may face serious issues in the future. That is why it is important to let AC Today handle your air conditioning system needs.
The word "Split" means that the system is divided into two main components; the indoor and outdoor system. The outdoor system is often referred to as the condenser or condensing unit. The indoor system is known as the furnace or air handler. The process is quite simple. The outdoor unit condenses/cools the refrigerant and then sends the refrigerant to the indoor unit. The evaporator coil then removes the heat from the air, resulting in the cool air that is being circulated throughout your home. Split systems are more beneficial for cooling down larger homes with a grater amount of ducts. For your mobile home, you want to ensure that you are not purchasing a larger unit than you need. This will only cause complications, such as a higher utility bill and improper dehumidification.
Like any type of air conditioning system, you are still recommended to follow all maintenance regulations. The size of your air conditioning system does not matter. Your system may have a smaller filter or smaller components, but you should still have a routine maintenance inspection. Remember, maintenance is good to prevent any unnecessary malfunctions that may happen. It is our job to ensure your air conditioning system is functioning properly. We would love for you to enjoy the cool air and comfort in your own home. For more information on our air conditioning systems for mobile homes, contact our office today.
What Is Your Energy Guide Label Telling You?
All appliances seem to be rather expensive these days and Air Conditioners are no different. Shopping for a new air conditioning system can become very overwhelming if you are not aware of what you are looking for. By paying attention to the yellow EnergyGuide label on your appliance, you can find the information you need without spending hours researching every product.
When it comes to saving money, we always look for stores that are having big sales and gimicks. But what if we told you that saving money is not in the price of the system itself, but the amount of what you will be saving year-round. People tend to panic when the total amount of a product is revealed to them. In reality, what they should be focusing on is the item they are investing in. Air Conditioners are not like other appliances such as refrigerators or washers, which could be easily replaced. Instead, these major products are long term items that impact your home in a major way.
Today, major appliances are required to meet the standards of the U.S Department of Energy. In order to meet this requirement by law, manufacturers must test the efficiency of the product before it could be sold to the public. The information on the EnergyGuide label describes the results of the energy test that was performed. The label supplies information including the amount of energy the appliance consumes, comparison of energy usage to other models as well as the approximate amount of annual operating costs (which can vary by the use of the consumer). This information can not be altered to benefit a company.
Here is a quick guide at what's on the label:
If you have this logo anywhere on the product, this indicates that the product has gone through extensive testing that meets strict energy efficiency guidelines.
Range Of Cost
This information is located in the center of the label. This explains the approximate annual cost of operating the unit. This is what you would use to compare this amount with other models.
Annual Energy Consumption
This amount is the yearly energy consumption that is based on the national average cost of fuel. In other words, what you would be using annually.
This information is located at the top right corner of the label. This describes the model number and brand.
As you can see, this EnergyGuide label is not just for looks. It provides information to all consumers about the product and how it works efficiently. This is a great tool to go by when choosing the proper Air Conditioning system for your home.
Written By: Daniel Kinnetz
Save money on your air conditioning System.
Have you ever wondered how you could save more money with your Air Conditioning System? We have listed a few tricks that will be easy for your system and easy on your wallet.
1. Schedule your Maintenance checks regularly.
When you are having your Air Conditioning company inspect your system routinely, you are less likely to run into issues. Also, by changing your filters and having the unit cleaned when needed will result in you saving money.
2. Save the guess work for the experts.
If you ever have any questions regarding your system, call AC Today "941-799-1889". Do not try to guess what you think will be the best option or answer. Whenever you think that there is a problem or an issue, have a technician come to your home and inspect the unit.
3. My Air Conditioner is working but I'm still warm.
Sometimes you may need more than your AC unit to cool you off. If you have your thermostat set at a certain degree constantly, your body will adjust to that temperature. Try installing or purchasing fans to circulate the air in your home. This will also simulate a breeze, which will make your home feel cooler.
4. What degree is your home considered normal at?
The more you adjust your temperature settings, the more money it will cost you on your statement. By constantly changing the degrees, you are not regulating a consistent temperature in your home. This means that your AC unit will work harder to cool the home. Try keeping a consistent degree that is both comfortable as well as money saving.
5. How old is your Air Conditioner system?
When you are starting to notice that your system is not running properly or that you seem to not have as cold air as you used to, then maybe it might be time to invest in a new unit. By installing a brand new air conditioning system unit, you are going to save yourself large amounts of money in the long run. You will no longer have to worry about parts breaking, leaking parts or even replacing older parts. Everything will be running smoothly.
6. Fresh air can benefit your home.
When the weather is cooler, try turning off your Air conditioning system and airing out your home. This will also help with allowing fresh air to naturally cool your home. For those hot and unbearable days, make sure that you have secluded the windows and doors that let in a large amount of light or heat. The benefits are going to not force your unit to work so hard to cool the entire house.
Our biggest suggestion would be to leave everything to a professional. If or when there is a potential problem with your Air Conditioning unit, contact us immediately. Our trained staff are available to answer all questions, comments or issues that you may have regarding your unit. Why waste money down the drain when we can help fix anything. Contact us today to speak with a specialist.