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Central Air Conditioner Verses Window Air Conditioner

Central Air Conditioner Verses Window Air Conditioner

There are a number of options home owners can take when deciding how to cool their homes. Today we are going to look at the differences between a temporary air conditioner verses that of a permanently installed solution. Window and Portable Air Conditioners These systems are commonly sold in Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Walmart, etc. They range in size from around 2000 Btu to upwards of 15000 Btu. Basically there are ductless systems, window systems, and roller floor systems. Generally they are most effective when used to cool a single room in your home as there is only one output location. De-humidification One of the primary functions of any air conditioner is dehumidifying the air, this results in much cooler feeling temperatures. Window mounted systems expel the water out the back of the unit, floor standing units sometimes have reservoirs that need to be emptied. SEER Rating Power consumption is an important factor when considering an air conditioner and unfortunately these smaller sized systems are some of the most inefficient systems you can buy. In fact most window and free standing air conditioner have SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) below 10. This is equivalent to full home central air conditioners sold in the 70’s. Warranty These small systems typically have a one year warranty and realistically are not designed to last any more than 3-5 years. They are built cheaply and are sold at the same standard. Whole Home Central Air Conditioners These systems are designed to cool your entire home, they install into your furnace system and use your homes existing duct-work to spread the cool air evenly. Full home air conditioners are not commonly sold in big box stores due to the specialized knowledge and equipment needed for installation. Your best bet is to have a local contract supply and perform installation. As always we recommend homeowners receive at least three quotes before choosing a contractor. De-humidification As with all air conditioners dehumidifying the air is a big part of maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. Fully installed central air conditioners have a double walled collection plate that ensures all moisture is caught a diverted to the nearest drain. SEER Rating Whole home air conditioners are now restricted...

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What Does It Cost To Run Your Air Conditioner In Toronto

What Does It Cost To Run Your Air Conditioner In Toronto

Are you interested in seeing how much it will cost to run your air conditioner in the Greater Toronto Area.  We took some time to break down the costs associated with some different sized and efficiency air conditioners. Electricity Costs Sure the hydro companies say we have comparable electricity prices within Ontario at around 8 cents per kilowatt hour but they don’t take into account all the extras we pay on top of that. To get a true cost we have taken the most recent electrical bill here from the office added all the fees up and divided by the kWh. Electricty: 405 kWh @ 8.3 cents = $33.62 Delivery Charge: $47.03 Regulatory Charges: $2.71 Debt Retirement Charge: $2.84 HST: $11.21 Total: $97.41 Clean Energy Benefit (10%off):  $9.74 One Month Bill Total  —  $87.67 Now taking the bill total and dividing it with the kWh used give us $87.67 / 405kWh = .216 or 21.6 cents per kWh Electrical Cost To Run Your Air Conditioner   AC Size AC SEER Cost @ 8 Hours Cost @ 12 Hours 1 Ton 7 (1970’s) $88.87/Month $133.30/Month 9 (1990’s) $69.12/Month $103.68/Month 11 (2000’s) $56.55/Month $84.83/Month 15 (current) $41.47/Month $62.21/Month 1.5 Ton 7 (1970’s) $133.30/Month $199.95/Month 9 (1990’s) $103.68/Month $155.52/Month 11 (2000’s) $84.83/Month $127.24/Month 15 (current) $62.21/Month $93.91/Month 2.0 Ton 7 (1970’s) $177.74/Month $266.61/Month 9 (1990’s) $138.24/Month $207.36/Month 11 (2000’s) $113.11/Month $169.66/Month 15 (current) $82.94/Month $124.42/Month 2.5 Ton 7 (1970’s) $222.17/Month $333.26/Month 9 (1990’s) $172.80/Month $259.20/Month 11 (2000’s) $141.38/Month $212.07/Month 15 (current) $103.68/Month $155.52/Month 3.0 Ton 7 (1970’s) $266.61/Month $399.91/Month 9 (1990’s) $207.36/Month $311.04/Month 11 (2000’s) $169.66/Month $254.49/Month 15 (current) $124.42/Month $186.62/Month A properly sized air conditioner should run nearly continuously during a hot summer day.  On average most homes will require the AC to run for 6-12 hours. Results When using the true costs of electricity it’s easy to make the case for upgrading to a more efficient air conditioner.  Simply upgrading to a SEER 15 central air can reduce your hydro costs associated with your AC by 50%.  Also a SEER 15 AC is a lower end system, we have air conditioners with up to 24 SEER . Location The GTA is quite large and temperatures can be significantly different between...

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How Much More Efficient Are Air Conditioners Now

How Much More Efficient Are Air Conditioners Now

This is an interesting question but it is very relevant. Is a new air conditioner that much more efficient now than an older model? If so how much more efficient are they? Central air conditioners calculate their cooling rate using something called SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) which we have talked about in depth and describes the efficiency increase in central air conditioners over time. This mea­sure of air conditioner energy effi­ciency is calculated over the cool­ing sea­son. It rep­re­sents the total cool­ing of a cen­tral air con­di­tioner dur­ing the nor­mal cool­ing sea­son as com­pared to the total electricity energy input (in Watt-Hours) con­sumed dur­ing the same period. The higher the SEER, the bet­ter the energy per­for­mance and thus the more money you save. In other words a sys­tem with a SEER of 16.00 will cost half as much to oper­ate as a sys­tem with a SEER of 8.00… Simple as that The min­i­mum SEER for new Cool­ing Sys­tems here in Ontario is 13.00, sys­tems between 5–10 years old would likely have a SEER rat­ings in the range of  10.00 to 13.00 , units over 10 years old will likely have SEER rat­ings of 7.00 to 10.00.  Now if your air conditioner is over 15 years old it will likely have SEER rat­ings of 7 or less. I went through my electrical bill the other day and worked out the actual cost of electricity here in the Greater T0ronto Area. My bill was over $65 and I only received 299 kWh for that price.  When I worked it out I am paying 22 cents per kWh with the debt retirement, taxes, delivery, and other assorted charges added on. In the summer months we can easily see an central air conditioner eat up 20, 40, 60, 100 kWh worth of electricity.  Running that system quickly becomes quite expensive. Upgrading to a new air conditioner may very well cut your air conditioners electricity bill in half of your old system had a SEER rating bellow...

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Air Conditioner Scroll Compressors

Air Conditioner Scroll Compressors

The scroll compressor is found on most central air conditioners installed throughout the Greater Toronto Area.  When I say most I still mean some… If you have an air conditioner outside that looks like the image to the right…. then there is a good chance that you don’t have one.  A scroll compressor is an very efficient way to compress a fluid, gas, or refrigerant necessary to create cooling. History of Scroll Compressors The system was invented in 1905 but requires such close tolerances that the parts were not able to be built until after World War II.  Even then it took until the early 1980’s for this technology to start making it into your home air conditioners.  The scroll compressor is used most commonly in a central air conditioner but you can find them in automobiles, mechanical shops, and air compressors. What is a Scroll Compressor It is challenging to try and detail how this compressor works through words, but here it goes.  You need to fit two Archimedean spirals together, one is stationary and the other will orbit inside the other (not rotate).  This produces pockets of air or fluid that travel inwards toward a smaller area, ultimately being compressed. Benefits of a Scroll Compressor The system is more efficient than traditional methods of compression increasing and A/C seer rating. These types of compressors are far more quiet than past designs. The scroll compressor is very stable and produces little vibration. 70 percent fewer moving parts than alternative compressors. Very small size allows smaller air conditioners. Vulnerabilities of Scroll Compressors Tight tolerances make these systems vulnerable to introduced debris (your air conditioner is a sealed system so the chance is close to zero). Scroll compressor can only rotate in one direction. Air Conditioners Using Scroll Compressor Goodman SSX14 Goodman SSX16 Goodman SSX18 Amana ASX13 Amana ASX14 Amana ASX16 Amana ASX18 Amana SSX14 Amana SSX16 Amana DSXC 16 Amana DSXC...

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Airconditioning – Keeping Your Toronto Home Cool This Summer

Airconditioning – Keeping Your Toronto Home Cool This Summer

When buying or looking for a new airconditioning unit look for a model with a highest efficiency to achieve the greatest energy cost savings.  Central airconditioning units are rated according to a standardized industry wide rating called SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio). The SEER scale rated airconditioners in and around 1992 at an average of 6-8 SEER.  With fast increases in technology our air conditioners are now averaging around a 13-14 SEER and can easily reach the mid 20’s SEER ratings.  This is such a significant increase in efficiency that airconditioning now consumes 50 percent less energy than it did in the past. SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. As I mentioned before older airconditioning systems have SEER ratings of 6 or less. The minimum SEER allowed today is 13 Substantial energy cost savings can be gained from more efficient airconditioning systems. Lets just say that if you went and checked your homes air conditioner outside and happen to find it is one of those old low lying rectangular box systems. Then, for example, if you upgrade from that old SEER 9 unit at best to A SEER 13, your power consumption is reduced by 30%.  It is claimed that this can result in an energy savings of up to $300 per year, but of course this depends on the usage rate and the cost of electricity. Either way you will be saving some money. Seeing as we are in Toronto and the GTA if the existing airconditiong unit is still functional and well-maintained, and when the time value of money is considered, keeping the unit may be the most cost effective. However, the efficiency of air conditioners can degrade significantly over time. Therefore, maintenance should be performed regularly to keep and airconditioning units efficiency as high as possible. It is important to note that any grants and rebates can significantly change the time value evaluation toward proactive replacement.  There are rebates currently available that we can help you access. We can help get you out of a low SEER airconditioning system and into a new higher efficiency model that will save you money on your Energy bills. Give us a...

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