Air Conditioning Services in the Greater Richmond Area
You rely on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable whenever it gets hot outside. Whether you are looking to install a new air conditioner or it’s time to maintain, repair, or replace your current system, you can rely on Short Pump Heating & Air for quick, reliable, exceptional service!
At Short Pump Heating & Air, our customers mean the world to us!
Our team of fully licensed, insured, and bonded experts has extensive experience servicing all types of air conditioning units in and around the Richmond, VA, area. We are proud to offer superior service, great prices, and convenient hours to meet all of your air conditioning needs! We also have great financing options to make it as easy and convenient as possible for you to get the AC service you whenever you need it!
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SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. All central air conditioners have a SEER rating, measuring the efficiency of the unit or system. You can think of a SEER rating like MPG fuel efficiency for a car. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the AC unit or heat pump is.
Currently, the minimum efficiency standard for air conditioners in the Richmond area is 14 SEER. Every few years, the minimum efficiency is raised. Most systems we replace are from the 6 to 12 SEER range. This means that simply replacing an old, inefficient system with a system that meets today’s minimum efficiency standards can greatly improve comfort while reducing energy bills!
How Efficient Are Modern Air Conditioning Units?
Most new air conditioners installed today are 14 to 20 SEER. There are ductless air conditioners that can achieve up to 42 SEER. Each increase in SEER number can save 6 to 8% on your cooling costs.
Many new systems also have a multi-stage compressor. A system with a multi-stage compressor can run at a lower speed when it is not as hot outside. This feature dramatically improves the energy efficiency of these types of air conditioners. If you need a new air conditioner and are looking for some expert advice on the best system for your home, simply contact the team at Short Pump Heating & Air! We can explain your best options, based on your needs and budget.
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What are the Different Types of Air Conditioning Systems?
In the Richmond, VA area, the vast majority of homes have split-system air conditioners. Also popular in Richmond homes are packaged air conditioners and ductless AC systems. The main differences between these different types of AC units is outlined below.
Split AC Systems
The compressor or “condensing unit” is located outdoors.
The furnace or air handler is located indoors.
The evaporators are located indoors.
Copper refrigerant piping connects the condenser to the evaporator.
A duct system connected to the air handler or furnace distributes the air.
Packaged Central Air Conditioners
The compressor, condenser, and an evaporator are all located in a cabinet outdoors.
Every part of the system is enclosed in the one cabinet.
These systems often include electric heating coils or a natural gas furnace as part of the unit.
A duct system connected to the package A/C distributes the air.
Ductless AC Units or Mini-Split Systems
These units operate like a split system but do not use ductwork.
The air handler is usually mounted on a wall.
Cool air blows directly out of the air handler without the use of ductwork.
These units are the most efficient way to cool homes.
What Size AC Unit Do I Need for My Home?
Getting an appropriately sized air conditioner is critical to assuring that your system efficiently meets your needs now and for years to come. If your air conditioning unit is too big for your house, it will not remove humidity. If it’s too small, it will not be able to keep your home cool.
For expert advice regarding the right size air conditioner system for your home, simply contact Short Pump Heating & Air.
Call (804) 364-9040 or contact us online for expert assistance for all of your air conditioning needs!
Some factors to consider when selecting the size of your AC system include:
The size and age of your home
The number, type, and age of your home’s windows
Your home’s insulation
The team at Short Pump Heating & Air is fully trained on Manual J load calculations, the industry standard for properly sizing a heating or cooling system. If you need a new air conditioner, we are always ready to discuss your options and help you choose the proper size and type of system for your home.
What are BTUs?
If you are researching new air conditioners, you probably have seen or heard the words “tonnage” or “BTU” many times. They describe the cooling capacity of the air conditioner.
BTU, an acronym for British Thermal Unit, is a measurement of the amount of heat that can be removed from a room per hour. The size of an air conditioning system is usually referred to as “tonnage.” A 2-ton or 3-ton air conditioning system is a common size for residential systems. Each ton is equal to 12,000 BTUs. The higher the BTU or tonnage, the more cooling capacity the air conditioner has.
Do I Need New Ductwork?
The duct system is a critical part of your overall HVAC system. It delivers and distributes air in your home. A poor duct system can cause discomfort issues in your home while being less efficient. In contrast, a properly designed and sealed duct system can optimize efficiency, helping the air conditioner do its job.
At Short Pump Heating & Air, our team will always check your duct system if you need a new air conditioner. We will provide recommendations on ways to improve your current duct system, whenever necessary, and we will provide you with clear, upfront pricing so you always know what to expect.
What is the Best Brand of Air Conditioner Systems?
We install several different brands of air conditioners. The majority of the systems we install are made by Carrier. We’re fully trained on providing all types of service for all types of Carrier systems. Our team is also experienced at installing and serving other types of AC units. If you are in the market for a new air conditioner system, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about the pros and cons of different options so you can make an informed choice.
The air in most homes is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Poor indoor air quality can lead to all sorts of issues, from headaches and allergy attacks to more frequent illness.
At Short Pump Heating & Air, we offer many products to help improve the indoor air quality in homes. Our products help alleviate dust, odors, bacteria, and allergens, and many integrate with air conditioning systems. Our team has vast experience installing all types of indoor air quality products, including:
Whole-home air filtration systems
Humidifiers and dehumidifiers
Do you have questions about the best indoor air quality products for your home?
Many AC components need routine maintenance for your AC system to function correctly. Neglecting the necessary maintenance can reduce efficiency, cooling capacity, and increase breakdown frequency. It can also mean you pay more to keep your system running over its lifetime (both in terms of repair costs and higher monthly energy bills)
To make maintenance easy and convenient, we offer our customers a money-saving maintenance plan! Through this plan, we service thousands of AC systems in Richmond, VA. If you have any questions about our maintenance plan options and pricing, simply contact us!
We Always Provide Fair & Upfront Pricing!
Before we provide any type of air conditioner service, we always provide a clear, fair, and accurate quote so you always know what to expect in terms of service costs. All pricing and options are always discussed up front, and we never tack on any hidden fees. To make it as easy and convenient as possible for you to get the AC service you need, we also offer flexible financing options!
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