Cats and Air Conditioning
Cats and Air Conditioning
Cats and Air Conditioning
Economy Issues Affect Change in Consumer Shopping Habits
By Betty Stephens
American household buying habits accounts for around 70% of the U.S. economy. What consumers shop for is seperated into two main categories. First, they spending on such items as food, clothing and shelter. Second, there is more discretionary spending. This is on items such as entertainment or non-essentials.
The good fortune of some and mis-fortune of others have caused financial ups and downs and a shift in the shopping habits of Americans have led to uneven outcomes for retailers. Companies like WalMart and Mattel have continued to struggle as people spend more cautiously in this type of uncertain economy. Amazon has however done well, as more consumers choose to shop on line.
Americans are very price conconscious, and will check as many as seven store or web sites for the best price before makes their purchases. I believe frugal is the the best word to describe the average American these days. Internet shopping rose 10% to $46.5 billion in November and December, according to research firm Comscore. However, sales at retail stores rose just 2.7% to $265.9 billion, according to ShopperTrak, which tracks data at 40,000 stores in the U.S. And the number of customers in stores dropped 14.6%.
Industry exucutives are starting to say this new American frugallity may be beccoming a new reality and a new permanet way of life in America and they don’t expect to see it go away anytime soon, if ever, even as the economy shows signs of improvement. With family budgets under pressure since the recession of 2008, consumers have headed to discount stores, switched from name brand goods to private-label alternatives and shopped more often at discount stores or online rather than spending on expensive fuel to drive to out-of-town hypermarkets.
Those trends have benefited discounters as well as retailers that have the widest own-label ranges and networks of smaller stores, prompting consumer goods firms to retaliate with brand promotions and smaller packaging.
“If you look at data from Millennials, who have really sort of grown up with this, price is more important to them than it was to the last generation,” WalMart U.S. Chief Executive Bill Simon told the Reuters Global Consumer and Retail Summit, referring to the generation born between 1980 and 2000.
WalMart U.S. is the largest unit of WalMart Stores Inc (WMT.N), the world’s largest retailer which benefited from trading-down during the recession, but cut its forecasts last month, citing weak results in many key markets.
The U.S. economy is expected to pick up towards the end of the year, helping cut unemployment, while Europe’s lack luster recovery looks set to continue, although wage growth will continue to lag inflation, hurting consumer purchasing power.
The Dollar Channel
Dollar store has been on an upward trend for several years now. They have had a big impact on the discount store market and are competing head to head with other discount stores on the routine shopping trip stop. The Family Dollar Stores are adding cooler space to more than 1,000 locations this year, and Dollar Tree is adding to its food and beverage assortment as well as opening a third-party pharmacy in a Florida location. Efforts like these have contributed to dollar retailers winning over shoppers from other discount stors. The most sizeable change is the shift of heavy drug store shoppers—the top one-third of spenders within the catagory -into the dollar store family of stores. This is not a big surprise, as the both dollar stores and drug stores carry many of the same type of goods and both are well positioned, geographically, for easy-access, fill-in trips.
During the last year, Americans have been making less but larger shopping trips. Trips declined across grocery and large box stores. You might think the decline in stock-up trips would hurt Sam’s Club and Costco type stores, however trips have actually increased by 2.1% during the past year due to a number of factors. The club retailers are expanding the number of stores. Also, club trips are being bolstered by lower gas prices and low food inflation, which makes it easier for them to absorb bulk pricing. The dollar stores also saw trips increase significantly during the past year, which reinforces the notion that consumers are viewing dollar stores as a “smarter” choice for affordable solutions.
While people will continue to shop, the question now is what will they purchase, when will they purchase and where will they purchase. Name brand items are taking a backseat to generic or store brand products. Malls are beginning to show signs of weakness – a lot more stores are closing while consumers make their way to other, more affordable alternatives. Instead of going to one of the mall’s “anchor stores,” they are now going to places like WalMart, Target or K-Mart to purchase the things their families “need” rather than the things their families “want.”
Future Trends for HVAC Industry
By Betty Stephens
HVAC technology is constantly changing due to new discoveries and influences outside the industry. As recently as this century, central, indoor climate control was available to only a privileged few. Today, even central air-conditioning in homes is common in the U.S. Improvements occurred through a number of factors such as technical, market changes, energy and environmental concerns, and political decisions. Changes continue to occur and they benefit of our customers and are our part of our future.
The environment has possibly had more influence on HVAC technology than has energy. The environment will continue to impact the industry into the foreseeable future.
Policies regarding climate change have also directly impacted our industry. As we design and operate more energy-efficient equipment and systems, we use less energy, energy that, in many cases, comes from burning CO2-producing fossil fuels.
The environment will continue to impact the industry. The industry has proven that it can respond in a timely way. As new environmentally friendly products are developed, those products are also more energy efficient. Adopting new technologies and supporting research will help our industry meet the challenges of the future.
While smart, Wi-Fi-connected thermostats promise significantly increased energy efficiency, the real draw for homeowners seems to be how easy the interfaces are to operate. Take the Nest Learning thermostat, for example. It is programmed by the user to remember his preferred temperature settings. If the user prefers the thermostat to kick in a faster, warmer temperature, on cold, wintery mornings, the Nest thermostat will store that information and adjust the temperature accordingly. The thermostat also monitors temperature with humidity and activity sensors, and it can determine regional climate by the user punching in their zip code
Wireless-controlled thermostats present HVAC data in a language that contemporary consumers understand. Homeowners are accustomed to easily digestible, visual representations of information and data. The reporting tools that smart systems include take the mystery and obscurity out of an industry that has been thriving on overall complacency from its customers.
DEVap Air Conditioning
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed the DEVap (desiccant-enhanced evaporative air conditioner) in 2011 and estimates that it reduces air conditioning energy usage by 40-90 percent. So far, DEVap is found primarily in commercial buildings, and the technology is so new that it’s difficult to find for residential use. But, given how promising the innovation seems, and how cost-effective it has already proven to be, and is anticipated great gains in the future.
Zero Energy Buildings
Zero-energy buildings that produce energy instead of just using large quantities will gain traction with companies that target eco-friendly employees and consumers. Many businesses are already headed in this direction with geothermal heating and cooling, solar-powered systems, and white roofing. If HVAC manufacturers can work to design structures that are both energy efficient and comfortable for their residents, we’re sure to see some fresh companies take on the challenge.
Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems
A popular trend in Eastern markets, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) is the future of the HVAC industry. Though US market have yet to reach the demand experienced abroad, VRF systems are establishing their place as in-demand items for housing and commercial cooling needs. Simple and elegant in design, VRF systems connect an outside condensing unit to several fan coil units throughout the building. Each coil and evaporator in the system can be controlled individually to reduce waste from over-allocated resources. The shift will stimulate job growth and overall economic development throughout the HVAC sector that will continue well into the coming years.
Current industry trends indicate a future growth rate of nearly 28% nationwide. This trend is predicted to continue until 2018, a total period of researching and studying 10-year industry trends beginning in 2008. Studies have revealed that once the results of that research and those studies are complete, there will be nearly 395,000 individuals who make their living in the HVAC industry, and choose to make this their lifelong career Choice. The rate of change in our industry will be exponential. Some changes will be caused by improvements in technology whereas others will be the result of influences outside our immediate control. As engineers, we have an obligation to be proactive in encouraging changes that are of benefit to the society we serve. This in turn will have direct benefit to our industry and to each of us individually.
Building Management Systems and air-conditioning controls systems will develop to become:
• Intelligent self-learning systems that measure the performance characteristics for the building and its systems for different ambient and occupancy conditions and using thermal modelling technology are able to operate the buildings systems to provide the require conditions whilst minimizing energy consumption and plant wear and tear.
• Self-checking systems that are able to eliminate the fly by wire problems that many systems suffer from, which the head end computer is thinking one thing is happening however in the field the actuality is very different.
• Self-diagnosing systems that are able to determine fault conditions analyses the cause and report or even rectify the condition, systems that are able to recognize fault situations that are resulting in excess energy consumption or unacceptable equipment wear and report.
• Systems with seamless remote access, diagnosis and control functionality.
• Systems with the flexibility to take advantage of wireless technology and the onboard intelligence that is already starting to be installed in items of central plant
AMBIT ENERGY COMPANY
Written By: Betty Stephens of Quest Media
Ambit Energy is a United States multilevel marketing retail electricity and natural gas provider that serves residential and commercial customers in states where energy has been deregulated. Corporate headquarters are located in Dallas, Texas, and operations/call center headquarters are located in Plano, Texas. Ambit Energy was founded in 2006 in Addison, Texas by Jere Thompson Jr. and Chris Chambless.
Electric and natural gas Customers throughout California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, D.C. are choosing Ambit Energy as their choice in energy today. Ambit has grown to serve over 1 million Customers in only six years. And, it is said that those who make the switch often stay with Ambit for the signature perks they offer. They offer free energy when a customer refers 15 new Customers, or the customer may choose Travel Rewards for trips and cruises. They have created one of the most attractive Customer rewards programs in the industry. Once the customer signs up, they can begin the benefits of being an Ambit Energy Customer right away.
Ambit also offers an app for convenience in the palm of the customer’s hand. Depending on service territory, customers can enjoy freedom to pay bills, view usage and update account details from any web-enabled device.
Ambit Energy obtains customers through a network of independent consultants who work directly with the customers. Ambit Energy uses direct selling and is a member of the Direct Selling Association of America. Direct selling is the marketing and selling of products directly to consumers away from a fixed retail location.
• Ambit Energy was named 2010’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Company by Inc. 500 and placed 390 in 2011.
• Ambit Energy placed 15th on the Direct Selling News Global 100 List in 2011 and 14th in 2012.
Ambit Energy Customers in Texas receive transmission and distribution services from the following energy companies:
1. AEP Texas provides electricity to residents throughout southern and western Texas.
2. CenterPoint Energy provides electricity to the 5,000 square mile footprint of the Houston metropolitan area.
3. Oncor provides electricity to residents of northern, western and central Texas.
4. TNMP provides electricity for western and northern central Texas, as well as areas of the Gulf Coast region.
Ambit has been criticized for its direct sales model, and for being a multi-level marketing company. In May 2011, Ambit was sued by a consultant, who alleged that Ambit’s structure is a pyramid scheme. By August 2012, after several amendments and alterations to the original complaints including the removal of all allegations of fraud, a judge dismissed the case.
Ambit’s sales representatives have also been accused of overstating the benefits of participation, and of being overly aggressive in marketing to vulnerable customers such as the elderly, and non-English speakers, who might not fully understand the complexities of energy pricing.
Last month we wrote about the growing epidemic of air conditioning units being stolen for their valuable copper. We mentioned that there were new products coming to market to counter the thieves in their evil doings. One such product the Copper Watcher is designed to alert owners if their units copper lines have been cut loose or the electric supply has been turned off. This could be the next best thing to hiring a 24 hour security guard to watch over your air conditioner. If you’ve already had a previous AC unit stolen this should be a no brainer to safe guard the new one. Here is a link to their website: www.copperwatcher.com
I am often asked about the different Home Warranty Companies and my opinion of them. I have found many of them care very little for the customer and care only for the bottom line. Which is the what and why they are in business.
I have dealt with many different Home Warranty Companies over the years. I know of many HVAC contractors who refuse to do business with HW. They are known for poor service response to the customer and beating up the contractors over price and slow to pay.
After sitting on hold for what seems like eternity. The very first questions when calling for repair approval are questions designed to get a response to give reason to decline the claim. So by the time you are done with the service call everyone is mad, customer, technician, bookkeeper and manager.
I have found one company in the 23 years that I have been in HVAC industry that I feel I can recommend. They seem genuinely concerned for the customers well being. Their customer service representatives seem more polite. I mentioned this fact to one of the trainers at a class I attended. He told me they had worked very hard on training that stressed communication skills based on superior service and that claims authorizers were allowed and encouraged to use think outside the box problem solving methods to get claims taken care of. Those were not just words, I have personally worked with them locating parts and units and fixing real problems for people. I felt like there was much more respect paid to customers and contractors that any other Home Warranty Company I have ever worked with before.
I have seen them authorize overtime service calls due to extreme heat or because some had an illness. I have seen them replace a unit rather than replace motors because they thought it was more cost effective. They require and pay for a leak search if more than two pounds of refrigerant need to be added to a system. Their phones are answered 24 hours per day. They follow up with customers and contractors to make sure all work is done and parts are ordered better than anyone I have ever seen. I am sure they are not perfect, but I rate this company way above average!
I can honestly say that Cross Country Home Services is the best home warranty service company I have ever come across. I whole heartily indorse them. For more information you can call them at the number below or go to their web site. Their home office is in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., they service all 50 states.
The heat is on. Time to turn on the air conditioners to prevent tempers from seething, and to avoid being roasted in the scorching summer heat, or worse, suffer a heatstroke especially during the day. These appliances are a necessity especially in places, such as Brisbane, Australia, Charlotte, North Carolina (NC); Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles and Sacramento, California; Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami, Yulee, and Orlando, Florida (FL); Tucson, Arizona; Oklahoma; or Dallas and Houston, Texas, where summer really sizzles. Air conditioning is indispensable in other hot countries like Pakistan and the Philippines. The blistering climate in India has also led a number of companies there to come up with their own brands of air conditioning (I have also heard referres to as: air con in some parts of the world), such as Godrej, Voltas, Videocon, o General and ONIDA, which you can switch on even while you are not home yet using SMS.
Places with milder summers, such as Nashville, Tennessee, Denver, Colorado, Louisville, KY, San Jose and San Diego, California, Indianapolis, Indiana, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta City, Georgia, may be comfortable in their non-airconditioned home. Nevertheless, they still need an HVAC system to help them weather the swings of the season especially during the cold months of winter.
We usually take air conditioning for granted especially when everything is functioning well. We owe air conditioning to Willis Carrier from Syracuse, New York, who invented the first electrical air conditioning. The initial use of this first system was more for industries, such as in a printing plant and later on in other workplaces. It was only later that air conditioning was also used for residential comfort as well as in automobiles.
Like exploring a gallery of air conditioners in an appliance center or in an HVAC specialist office, let us take a look at some of the types and brands that are indispensable during the warmest season of the year. We will also look at some of the factors to consider to help you compare and buy the right model.
With countless brands inundating the market, you may already be pulling your hair while trying to decide which air conditioning system to buy. Besides making a choice between one brand vs another, you also have to choose what type of system you would be installing, from window-fitted, floor-mounted, split type, or the one with variable refrigerant flow system. Brands with VRF systems include Toshiba, Fujitsu, Daikin, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Sanyo and Panasonic.
Your contractor may also have various ways of installation. For instance, a contractor in Toronto, Ontario is offering the Attic Pak systems, which are low velocity AC systems ideal for homes without duct work or for homes with forced air and with more than two stories. A condensing unit is installed outside the home, then the lines from the unit is extended up to the attic where an air handler is positioned. The latter controls the flow of cold air into the house via 5, 6 or 7-inch outlets. This type of system is known to consume less energy and be more quiet.
To help with (or further complicate) your buying decision process, here are some more central air conditioning brands and models to add to your list:
The last, Janitrol, has been receiving a pile of negative rating and reports online. Examples of specific central air conditioning models that are more energy efficient are the Lennox XC16, Lennox XC21 (the most efficient and quietest central air conditioner you can buy), LG Ductless Multi-Zone air conditioning system, Carrier Infinity Series, and the American Standard Gold XI (also known as the Allegiance® 15). Research them online so that you can make an intelligent comparison review.
When deciding on which central air conditioning system to buy, consumers often stew over features, pricing and brands. Naturally, you would want to get your money’s worth so you check performance vis-a-vis price. But there is another key factor that often fails to get much consideration – the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning contractor to hire. No matter how expensive the air conditioning system you buy, or what brand you have installed, if the contractor you hire lacks the expertise, you can still possibly end up losing your cool over your purchase. For instance, a competent contractor must be able to give you an intelligent answer if you ask him if installing a 220 Volt air conditioner costs less or helps you to decrease electric consumption as compared to using a 100-volt type.
So make sure that when you read each of their profile, you also know how to screen a reputable contractor. Consider the advice of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) in their website on how to choose a contractor including tips on what to ask prospective contractors and a checklist of what contractors ought to do in servicing their customers, since not all of them perform all the necessary tasks. The site also includes a scoring system that allows you to rate each prospect. Another organization that can help you with choosing a contractor to install your central air conditioning system is the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Besides being installers, most likely these contractors are also dealers of spare or replacement parts and supplies, such as scroll compressors, capacitors, registers or vents with a damper, refrigerant hose, decorative ducts, the thermostat, wiring, fan motor oil, and other accessories that you may need, such as air conditioner covers (e.g. quilted cover, lattice cover, an exterior air conditioner cover, or Poly air condition cover), filters (e.g. disposable pleated air filter, washable and reusable air filter, metal air filter, HEPA filter, or a scented air filter), wall sleeves (e.g. Haier Through-The-Wall Sleeve or HTTWS), and support brackets. They also typically carry other air quality control devices, such as dehumidifiers. So when replacing any of these parts, you may need to contact your contractor.
One brand filters that you may consider is the 3M Filtrete. It boasts of electrostatic technology that attracts, thus, helps to get rid of the contaminants and hazardous particles from the air that is circulated indoors. This means comfort for a person who suffers asthma or an allergy. These air filters come in various sizes; pick one based on the type and size of the air conditioning system or furnace.
You will also be needing the services of your expert contractor for cleaning, periodic maintenance and repairs especially if you do not know how to troubleshoot the problem. Nonetheless, you may also want to learn DIY troubleshooting techniques when your AC is not running properly. Make the manuals your guide in obtaining a basic understanding of how the system works by studying them, including any instruction for troubleshooting and the diagram of the system. Common problems that you may encounter include: water leaking from the air conditioner into the room; central AC not cooling even if the condenser outside the house is working; the unit is blowing a bad smell or is blowing hot instead of cold air; and when your air conditioner is freezing. Let your contractor fix problems that you cannot handle.
Depending on your knack for thermodynamics and fixing appliances, there are certain air conditioning problems that you can do yourself. For example, your air conditioners may stop working or loss its cooling capacity. If you read the manual, you may learn that one possible cause for this is when the starting capacitor, located on the outside compressor or condenser unit, is defective. One of the troubleshooting techniques that technicians employ when an electrical motor does not start, whether an air conditioning compressor motor, a refrigerator pump, blower motor, or freezer motor, is to simply install a simple and cheap starting capacitor to give the appliance an extra voltage jolt to get the hard-starting motor to run.
There are a good deal of contractors available to install, replace, service, clean ducts, balance air and maintain your AC system. Here is a list of some of these contractors and their respective place of operation:
A-11 Air conditioning in Fort Worth, Texas
Blue Air in Austin, Texas
EZ Air Conditioning and Heating in San Antonio, Texas
Polar Air Conditioner Repair Corp. in Hollywood, Florida
Holiday Air Conditioning in Fort Myers, Florida
Del-Air for homeowners in Macclenny, Florida
Jim’s Air Conditioning in Crestville, FL
Bel-Red Heating and Conditioning in Washington
Polar Bear Air Conditioning and Heating in Washington DC
Level Heating in Baltimore
Magic Touch Mechanical Inc. in Mesa, Arizona
Yellow Dot in Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina
Air Wave Air Conditioning Company in New York City (NYC)
Willis One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in Kentucky and Ohio
Sears Heating and Cooling Sales, Service and Repair in Hillyard, Washington
Scottsdale Air Heating and Cooling in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Paradise Valley and the entire West Valley
Custom Air Conditioning in Canada
Frost Air in Sydney, Australia
Choose one which is nearest you. It would also be in your best interest to make sure that the contractor offers a warranty for their installation job so that at times when you encounter problems, such as a leak from your unit, they can service it free of charge while it is still covered by the warranty.
The favorite type of air conditioning unit to cool small areas or single rooms is the window air conditioner. Some brands of room and window air conditioners you can choose from are: Hampton Bay, Maytag, Frigidaire, MIRA-Cool, Sunbeam, Sunpentown, Goldstar, GE, QuietMaster, Samsung, Whirlpool and the market leader in wall-mounted ACs – Bard.
Some specific models of these appliances are the:
Carrier 51PH models
Kenmore 76081 and 73069
Zenith 6500 with remote control
Haier AC, Zoneaire DMA models
the Sharp Plasmacluster AP7GSY
Frigidaire FAA055P7a and FAA065P7a
Frigidaire’s FRA084KT7 8,000 BTU Slider/Casement Air Conditioner
Friedrich WS16B30 27in Thru the Wall AC
Friedrich Wallmaster WS14B10, WS08B10A, WS10B10A, WS13B30B, WS16B30A, 5200 BTU
If you are looking for a cheap brand, consider the Frigidaire FRA52XT 75,000 BTU Mini Window Air Conditioner. If you prefer an energy efficient and environmentally-friendly unit, consider the Haier ESAD4066 Paragon Eco-Conditioner 6,000-BTU Energy-Star Window Air Conditioner or the solar hybrid model of LG that you can power by charging it through its solar panel. Another solar-powered air conditioner is the SplitCool DC18 DC air conditioner, which efficiently converts DC power from solar panels into AC power to operate a standard air conditioner without the need for an inverter to convert solar DC current into AC current. It can come as 12-, 24-, and 48-volt powered units. Do not forget to recharge its 12 VDC battery to make sure that you have enough power especially if you plan to turn your air con on at night. Battery requirements and recharging time will vary depending on local sunlight conditions and the specific use of the air conditioner.
To go the extra mile in protecting the environment while cooling your home, you may also opt for units that use Puron refrigerant, a refrigerant engineered so as not to damage the ozone layer. It is an approved substitute for Freon 22.
When installing a window air conditioner, do not forget to buy the brackets to support it. For window units that are between 12000 and 24000 BTU, the 160-lb Air conditioner brackets can ably support them.
You bet, there are many different brands & models of air conditioners, so it can make the buying decision process very difficult. You have to do a lot of research to compare and choose from the various models that appeal to you. You can also visit local HVAC specialists and other shops that sell air conditioners, such as Home Depot. Another way to test drive the particular model that you are eyeing is to rent it from a rental shop so that you can get a feel of its features and performance especially if your stay in your current place is not yet permanent. You can also find many air conditioning rentals online.
Another important detail to consider when installing an air conditioning system (whether for ACs that you mount on windows, AC for windowless rooms, for vertical sliding windows, the horizontal type, split type, central air, or whatever type) is the size and cooling capacity of the unit, which is a function of the space you are planning to allot for. The space that could be handled by a certain air conditioner or its cooling capacity is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU) per hour. For an area that ranges from 100 to 150 square feet, the BTU of the air conditioner should be 5000 BTUs. For 150 to 250 square feet it should be 6000 BTUs, 7000 BTUs for 250 to 300 square feet, 8000 BTUs for 300 to 350, 9000 BTUs for 350 to 400 square feet, 10000 BTUs for 400 to 450, 14000 BTUs for 550 to 700 (your 4-ton AC), 18000 BTUs for 700 to 1,000 square feet and 24000 BTUs for 1000 to 1400 square feet. Sizing air conditioners according to the space needing cooling is made easier with the use of an air conditioner calculator.
Besides room or window air conditioners, here are some other uses for portable air conditioners, which can be used to condition the air in specific spaces such as rooms with specific sizes and particular spots that need additional and continuous cooling, such as in bigger rooms in larger residential homes, to cool computer systems that cry for more cooling in offices or in a data center or the local library and in any commercial environment, to ventilate a grow room, or to cool certain machinery in an industrial setting. The ventless type can condition the room without needing to vent out to an outdoor unit. One type of portable air conditioners is the desktop air conditioner which you can simply mount on your office desk should you need extra cooling. Humidifiers may also be used to get rid of excess humidity, but it cannot completely dry the air. Portable air conditioners are compact making it easy when moving it from one area to another allowing it to be used in any part of your home or building. They can be narrow and can stand in vertical position to save space. A portable air conditioner may also be used during an emergency or in an automobile, or even in a boat, and can be very handy for an RV camper.
Soleus PH3-12R Air is claiming to be the number 1 portable air conditioner supplier in the US. Other models of these compact coolers are the:
Edgestar Server Cool
Friedrich ZoneAir P12A
Whynter 12000 and 14000 BTU
Royal Sovereign ARP 1000ex and ARP 4012h 12000 BTUs
Sunpentown WA1061H SlimLine which comes with a heater (10000 BTU).
Amcor NanoMax A12000E, AF9000E, ALTL12000E, ALT12000E, PLM14000e, PLM16000e and KF9000e
Other brands include Danby, Everstar, Kooleraire, Windchaser, and Midea.
When using a portable air conditioner, make sure to have the exhaust hose that leads out of the house insulated so that outside air does not get back into the interior of the room.
One unique portable air conditioner is the Coolware Personal Outdoor Cooling System which is worn around the neck. It is also known as a neck cooler mini air conditioner. It’s constructed of Anodized aluminum and may be one of the smallest air conditioners. Another personal air conditioner is called ICEflow, which employs the environmentally-friendly Peltier Effect to allow you to feel a 74 degree breeze every time the room temperature rises up to 80 degrees, without the need to add ice. A free-standing compartment, where water freezes into a block of real ice after charging overnight, is inside this gizmo. When the fan is turned on, the cooling breeze flows across an ice-cold chilling plate.
Goodman is one of the long-standing brands in the air conditioners and heaters business. It got many good reviews from its users but many consumers also rated it negatively. Now, let us focus this discussion on a specific Goodman model – the Goodman GSX13 Series 13 SEER R-410A 3.0 Ton 36,000 BTU
This model boasts of high performance of up to 8.4 HSPF/13 SEER energy heating performance and even durability for heavy duty use. It uses the chlorine-free R-104A refrigerant, a high-efficiency condenser coil constructed from corrugated aluminum fins and rifled refrigeration-grade copper tubing, a factory-installed bi-flow, liquid line filter dryer, and a louvered cabinet constructed from heavy-gauge galvanized steel that safeguards the coil. The casing has an appliance quality finish that can withstand the effects of time and any weather condition.
With over 80 years of solid tract record, Trane is among the biggest manufacturers of air conditioning products across the world. Their products include air conditioners, furnaces or heat pumps that are designed to provide comfort and efficiency. Some of its air conditioning variants include the XE1000 series for the residential market. Other models include Trane XR12 and XR13 models.
If you are planning to buy an air conditioning unit and are looking forward to a sale or rebates to make some savings, consider Trane’s Anticipation Discount Financing. This program allows you to reduce the cost of purchase and available of an affordable financing rate if you pay before the product is shipped. The final discount is determined by such factors as the payment amount, the date of payment, the discount rate, and the date the unit is shipped.
Besides manufacturing and selling individual air conditioning units, heat pumps, gas and oil furnaces, air handlers, cooling coils, and thermostats, this leading global producer or heating, cooling and heating water products also produce and sell packaged heating and cooling units, wherein all heating and cooling elements are conveniently found in a single cabinet, and are usually installed either on top or beside a house or office building, rather than indoor.
Ductless split air conditioners and heat pumps are produced by Mitsubishi. This Japanese brand has been providing a broad range of power options, which are all produced with one of the highest seasonal energy efficient rating (SEER). The SEER of the M-Series Mr. Slim split system air conditioner and heat pump is 22, almost double that of the minimum requirement. The higher the SEER, the more energy efficient the unit is, thus, helping you cut on energy costs. Another air conditioning unit by Mitsubishi is the Mitsubishi Heavy Daiya.
The need for cool comfortable air extends outside the home, offices and buildings. Hence, the use of air automotive air conditioners for automobiles, such as the car, bus, recreational vehicles (RV) boats and yacht. Sanden is a major brand in mobile air conditioning. Coleman, previously known as Evcon, is a popular brand for RV air conditioning that is usually installed on the roof of the RV, such as the Coleman Mach 15, and the Coleman Polar Cub. Other brands are Duo Therm and Dometic, which also produces air conditioners for marine vessels. Coleman and Duo Therm each have their own versions of shroud to house the RV rooftop AC units.
You just bought a home, pockets a little light, something breaks. Thank goodness the house came with a home warranty, right? I would say yes and no. I want you to have all the facts and insider details about how these contracts work. This is information to consider before you purchase or renew a home warranty contract.
Some companies exclude appliance or equipment by age. So if you purchase a 25 year old house and the water heater, HVAC equipment or other appliances are original, make sure the warranty company doesn’t have an age limit on that equipment. Also, some warranty companies have an ala carte menu approach to what they cover. So be sure you are aware of what is and isn’t covered. Many times people buy these contracts only to realize later it only covered a few things, not the total house. Know what you are buying, read the agreement.
Realize that you are not a priority customer. The Home Warranty Company does NOT pay the retail rate for a service company to come out to your home. They have a limit of what they will pay. They look for low cost contractors who are usually new to the business or very small with low overhead. Home Warranty Companies generally only require that the contractor contact the homeowner within 48 hours of receiving your claim. Don’t expect Johnny on the spot service.
Some Home Warranty Companies do not pay parts mark-up on parts over a certain amount. They are so large they buy parts factory direct only and ship them to the installing contractor with no middleman, distributor, parts supply house or parts mark up thus saving them money. So why should you care? Well, if it’s your dishwasher or oven you may not care if it’s down a few days waiting for parts to be mailed to the contractor’s office so the Home Warranty Company can save a few bucks. But if it is your air conditioner on a 100 degree day and you are being told you have to wait three days to get the parts so they can save fifty bucks, it’s a big deal, right! Or, three more days of cold showers. I‘ve heard heartless stories of leaving families with no heat in sub zero weather for a week and a perfectly good part being available less than three miles away.
Not all companies are like that. Some will allow the technician to use parts off their truck and pay the mark up for it. Or if the technician does not have the part on their truck they will pay an acquisition fee for the tech to go and get the part. Remember you are dealing with a small contractor, who most likely doesn’t have a lot of employees or parts runners and is being asked to work on your home for a discount in exchange for a promise of volume of calls. Some Home Warranty Companies have a reputation of being slow to pay the contractors for work done on your home.
Reminder: The Home Warranty Claims Approval Office that your repairman must call before he begins any actual work is open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm depending on what time zone they are in. That office is closed evenings, weekends, and holidays for approval of any type of repairs. Some are open to take claims but none are open to approve work. Which means no contractor will come out after hours, because they are unable to get approval to do the actual repair work.
The first thing the Home Warranty Claims Approval Office is going to ask the technician when they get him on the phone is a series of questions designed for them not to have to pay your claim. Such as; Does this appliance or unit show any signs of neglect, damage or lack of maintenance? What caused the part to fail? Is the system installed up to code? Every cell phone is a camera. So if your 12 year old hit the thermostat with the football, (that happened at our house), they may ask to see a picture or for the old part back. Or if your wife hits the condenser with the riding lawn mower. I was in a hurry. Dog chews through the wires. I could go on. The Home Warranty will not pay for those types of claims. They may also ask for the maintenance records to be faxed to them proving you have properly maintained your HVAC equipment. Do your tune-ups every six months, once for the a/c and once for the heat. I have been asked many a time to document maintenance on home warranty claims.
Another thing you need to be aware of is if you do have a major repair such as compressor failure or heat exchanger cracks the Home Warranty Company may offer to buy you out of your contract. You may wish to consider this if you want to replace the component rather that do a major repair on an older unit.
I have had home warranties on houses I have bought and sold, I have serviced them, I have fought with them on customer’s behalf and I have friends and relatives who have home warranty contracts and swear by them. I have seen the good the bad and the ugly. Just be sure to go into them with eyes wide open.
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