Our fully licensed, insured, and bonded experts have extensive experience servicing all types of air conditioning units in and around the Richmond, VA, area.
We’re proud to offer superior service, great prices, and convenient hours to meet all your air conditioning needs. We also have great financing options to make it as easy and convenient as possible to get the AC service you need whenever you need it.
We install several brands of air conditioners. Most of the systems we install are made by Carrier. We’re fully trained in providing all types of services for all types of Carrier systems.
Our team is also experienced in installing and servicing other types of AC units. If you need a new air conditioner system, contact us to learn more about the pros and cons of different options so you can make an informed choice.
What Are the Different Types of Air Conditioning Systems?
In the Richmond, VA, area, most homes have split-system air conditioners. Also popular in Richmond homes are packaged air conditioners and ductless AC systems.
The main differences between these types of AC units are outlined below.
Split AC Systems
The compressor or “condensing unit” is outdoors.
The furnace or air handler is indoors.
The evaporators are 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 in a cabinet outdoors.
Every part of the system is enclosed in 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 packaged AC distributes the air.
Ductless AC Units or Mini-Split Systems
These units operate as a split system but don’t 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 your system efficiently meets your needs now and for years to come. If your AC unit is too big for your house, it won’t remove humidity. If it’s too small, it won’t be able to keep your home cool.
For expert advice regarding the right size air conditioner system for your home, contact Short Pump Heating & Air.
Call (804) 364-9040 or contact us for expert assistance with all 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’re always ready to discuss your options and help you choose the proper size and type of system for your home.
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 or heat pump is.
Currently, the minimum efficiency standard for ACs 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 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 Conditioners?
Most new air conditioners 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’s not as hot outside. This feature dramatically improves the energy efficiency of these types of air conditioners.
If you need a new AC and are looking for expert advice on the best system for your home, contact the team at Short Pump Heating & Air. We can explain your best options based on your needs and budget.
Is it time to buy and install a new air conditioner? Call (804) 364-9040 or contact us for a free, zero-hassle quote.
Air conditioner features that can help improve comfort and efficiency include:
Fully communicating systems
Variable speed fans
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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 in your home while being less efficient.
In contrast, a properly designed and sealed duct system can optimize efficiency, helping the AC do its job.
At Short Pump Heating & Air, our team will always check your duct system if you need a new air conditioner. We’ll recommend ways to improve your current duct system, whenever necessary, and we’ll provide clear, upfront pricing so you always know what to expect.
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 know what to expect in terms of service costs.
All pricing and options are always discussed upfront, and we never tack on hidden fees.