Your Split Air-Conditioning Systems: Are the 2 Sides a Good Match?

Your Split Air-Conditioning Systems: Are the 2 Sides a Good Match?They say that opposites attract, but in the case of a split air-conditioning system, this sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth. In order for your system to run efficiently throughout its expected lifespan, both sides must be perfectly matched. Here’s why you should be concerned about matching A/C components:

System efficiency

The two sides of your split air-conditioning system were designed to be compatible with each other in every way. If you decide to replace only one component of your system, you run the risk of reducing your air conditioner’s overall efficiency rating. Many homeowners make the mistake of believing that installing a component with a high seasonal energy efficiency ratio will raise the performance value of the entire system. Unfortunately, this is not the case. If your indoor unit has a low SEER rating, while the new outdoor unit has a high efficiency rating, the equipment will struggle to work together and will actually drive up your cooling costs. And if your current equipment has a SEER rating below 13, you won’t be able to find a good match. Today’s systems are required to have a minimum SEER of 13.

Equipment longevity

Mismatched system components can reduce the lifespan of your equipment. The struggle caused by differing SEER ratings puts excess strain on your system, but incompatible refrigerant creates even bigger issues. Your current system probably uses R-22, but that agent is being replaced by a more eco-friendly refrigerant known as R-410A. Attempting to integrate an R-410A unit into an R-22-reliant system could cause your equipment to fail prematurely.

Incentive programs

Some utility companies offer rebates for homeowners who upgrade to high efficiency HVAC systems. Additionally, federal tax credits are available on eligible installations during 2013. To qualify, you must be able to prove that your system is performance matched via a Certificate of Certified Performance or an Air conditioning and Refrigeration Institute reference number.

For more advice on replacing your split air-conditioning system, contact C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve Middletown and surrounding areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about split air-conditioning systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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