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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.
Who Owns That HVAC Brand?
Ever wonder who owns whom in the HVAC industry? If you have a very old furnace or air conditioner you can look it up and see who now owns this name and possibly makes HVAC parts for the old unit. HVAC Manufacturers are constantly changing as one large HVAC entity buys up the smaller HVAC entities or someone decides to change their name. The manufacturing arrangements change constantly.
Today there are a limited number of major manufacturers of HVAC equipment left in the marketplace. Over time the large manufactures bought up the smaller ones and merged those product designs into their own product lines. They now produce products under the various brand names they own. Many times there are just a few cosmetic differences in the appearance, while the mechanical workings are very close and even in some cases the same.
Top 10 HVAC Manufacturers
The US HVAC equipment manufacturing industry includes about 1,500 companies with combined annual revenue of about $37 billion. Major companies include Goodman Global, Lennox, Nortek, Trane, and the climate control divisions of Johnson Controls and United Technologies. The industry is concentrated: the top 50 companies account for about 70 percent of revenue.
The top ten air conditioning companies in America are: (Listed in order of rank)
5. American Standard
The following chart reviews many of the manufacturers. It does not cover every manufacturer, but it gives you a good idea about who actually makes all those HVAC equipment.
Here is a chart of ownership:
Amana Formerly a division of Raytheon, now part of Goodman Manufacturing. It’s owned by the Whirlpool Corporation. Amana produces wide range of products. It first began the production of air conditioners in 1954. It is one of the leaders of air conditioner market. This company is in the first position in the Top 10 Lists of air conditioner manufacturers.
Carrier Carrier began in marketing air conditioners in 1950. Carrier Corporation is now among the biggest manufacturers of (HAVC) system and the biggest manufacturer of air conditioner in the world. This company is in the second position in the Top 10 Lists of air conditioner manufacturers.
Lennox Lennox: Lennox International Inc. is American manufacturing company. The company was founded 1895. Through the subsidiaries, it provides the climate control products for ventilation, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning. This company is in the third position in the Top 10 Lists of air conditioner manufacturers.
Trane Trane Company purchased GE’s climate control division in 1982. Trane was purchased by American-Standard in 1984. In 2007 American Standard spun off non HVAC lines and will be changing the corporate name to Trane. Now owned by Ingersol-Rand.
American Standard Became Tappan Air Conditioning division in 1972. American-Standard purchased the Trane Company in 1984. American-Standard name revived in 1988. In 2007, American-Standard spun off WABCO, sold the plumbing division and changed the corporate name to Trane in November.
Brand Name Owner
Haier Haier Group Corporation is one of the world’s top-selling makers of home appliances. The Qingdao, China-based company has grown rapidly. At home, Haier has captured the lead in that segment, accounting for more than one-third of all refrigerators sold each year, and is also the leader in a number of other appliance categories, such as air conditioners.. Since the late 1990s Haier has pursued an aggressive globalization effort, building a sales network in more than 160 countries, with a presence in more than 38,000 retail outlets worldwide.
LG LG Electronics USA is a division of LG Group founded in 1947. LG Group has thirty six business units manufacturing goods and providing services in the chemical electronics, telecom, lighting systems, consumer appliances, solar energy, and air conditioning. In July 2010 LG Group was ranked 67th in the Fortune 500® list of largest companies.
GE GE’s HVAC division was purchased by the Trane Company in 1982.
Kenmore Kenmore appliances, including air conditioners, are made for Sears stores by several manufacturers such as Gibson, Fedders and Whirlpool, and then branded with the Kenmore name. Sears
Sharp Sharp is the worldwide multi-national giant, popular in the electronic devices and manufacturers industry. Their brand name became one of the Asian giants, and is also known around the world. They are made in China.
How Trane and American Standard were bought by
Written by Betty Stephens of Quest Media
Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited (Ireland based company) acquired Trane Inc. formerly American Standard Companies Inc., in a transaction valued at approximately $10.1 billion, including transaction fees and the assumption of approximately $150 million of Trane net debt. Trane was a global leader in indoor climate control systems, services and solutions with revenues of $7.4 billion.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, Ingersoll Rand acquired all outstanding common stock of Trane. Holders of Trane’s 200 million common shares received a combination of $36.50 in cash and 0.23 Ingersoll Rand shares of common stock per each Trane share. The total value for this transaction was $47.81 per Trane share based on the closing price as of December 14, 2007. The transaction closed in 2008.
The Ingersoll Rand portfolio now includes an $11 billion Climate Control business which can offer high value equipment, systems and services necessary for delivering solutions across the temperature spectrum for indoor, stationary, and transport applications worldwide.
This acquisition was a significant next step in Ingersoll Rand’s decade-long transformation to become a leading global diversified industrial company, with strong market positions across the climate control, industrial and security markets. It is expected that the acquisition of Trane meets will increase consistency of revenue and income streams, adding strong brands and market positions, and further strengthening the organic growth potential of our portfolio. Trane’s leadership position in the global commercial and residential climate control industry enhances Ingersoll’s highly regarded Hussmann and Thermo King Brands.
What Did The Trane Buy Out Offer Ingersoll-Rand?
Trane had a large installed base of equipment and systems that provided profitable aftermarket growth potential. Also, Trane was the leading company in the market in North America and was growing strongly and increasing its position in the international markets.
Trane Inc., previously named American Standard Companies Inc., provided systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of the air in homes and buildings around the world. The company offered customers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; dehumidifying and air cleaning products; service and parts support; advanced building controls; and financing solutions.
Trane’s systems and services were leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network. Trane had more than 29,000 employees and 29 production facilities worldwide.
In 1984, Trane was acquired by American Standard Inc., and became a fixture in the American Standard Companies business. Following a leveraged buyout in 1988, American Standard returned as a publicly held corporation in 1995.
On February 1, 2007, American Standard Companies announced it would break up its three divisions. The company sold off its namesake kitchen and bath division and spun off WABCO, American Standard’s vehicle controls division, while retaining The Trane Company. American Standard then renamed itself Trane Inc. effective November 28, 2007.
Ingersoll-Rand Inc. History
Ingersoll-Rand plc (NYSE: IR) is a global diversified industrial company founded in 1871. The Ingersoll Rand name came into use in 1905 through the combination of Ingersoll-Sergeant Drill Company and Rand Drill Company. Ingersoll-Rand was replaced by Quanta Services in June 2009 on the S&P 500 index. Ingersoll-Rand is currently listed on the S&P 500 index (as one of only 15 companies incorporated outside the U.S.) as it replaced Pactiv in November 2010. Its corporate headquarters are in the Airside Business Park in Swords, Fingal, County, Dublin, Ireland.
In 1871, Simon Ingersoll founded Ingersoll Rock Drill Company in New York. In 1905 Ingersoll-Sargeant Drill Company merged with the Rand Drill Company to form Ingersoll Rand. Ingersoll-Rand has largely grown by acquisition since that time. In October 2002, shareholders voted to move the company’s incorporation to Bermuda to capitalize on the savings on U.S. corporate income taxes on products sold overseas. Ingersoll Rand in March 2009 relocated their offices from Bermuda to Ireland. On June 4, 2010, Michael W. Lamach was elected Chairman of the company. He retained his current titles of President and Chief Executive Officer.
Ingersoll Rand’s corporate headquarters are in the Airside Business Park in Swords, Fingal, County Dublin, Ireland. Its North America headquarters are in Davidson, North Carolina, United States. Its European headquarters are in Sint-Stevens-Woluwe, Zaventem, Belgium. Its Asia headquarters are in Tower B of City Center of Shanghai in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. Ingersoll-Rand now has a diverse and innovative products range from complete air compressor systems, air tools, ARO pumps, material handling systems and more. Ingersoll Rand provides products, services and solutions that enhance their customers’ energy efficiency, productivity and operations.
In 2011, Ingersoll Rand chose the Tyler, Texas plant as one of several Trane locations selected for downsizing. The number of job losses was expected to be 528 hourly positions, a figure that does not include salaried workers. The Tyler plant employed about 1,600 people.
Trane’s manufacturing plant in Fort Smith, AK, let go of 170 people in 2010.
A plant in Lynn Haven, FL. also cut 197 hourly and 15 salaried jobs by the end of last year. Other records show the company in 2009 cut more than 200 jobs at its Pueblo facility to reduce its workforce to about 435 people. The manufacturer of commercial air conditioning systems cut 270 jobs and transferred them to its plant in Monterrey, Mexico.
I want to write about something that has nothing and yet everything to do with air conditioning. I don’t care what business you think you are in or where you work or what you think you do for a living. You are in the people business. Somehow whatever you do to make a living impacts people. Either through products and their quality, customer service, or quality of life, somehow it touches people’s lives. It seems to me that this fact is being forgotten more and more in the me, me, me society we tend to live in.
Once I adopted the Zig Ziglar philosophy, “You can have everything you want out of life, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”; my life took a dramatic change for the better. I felt better about what I was doing and what I was charging for. I truly developed a servant’s heart. My bank account increased, my self esteem improved, my referral business quadrupled and I felt a true sense of fulfillment I had never experienced before. I do this through the air conditioning business. I will truly go to the ends of the Earth for a customer to find solutions to their HVAC problems.
I will come in early, work late, skip lunch, drive across town in the rain to get parts, call every supply house in town, call in favors, but most importantly I will admit it when I screw up and tell the truth about it, face the consequences and do whatever I can to fix it. How many companies today can say that last statement and mean it?
Last night I ran a call for a lady who had just moved to a new house that had a Home Warranty Contract (not one we do business with) at 9PM on a Friday night. The HW Company told her they could not get her the motor they needed to fix her unit for five days. Mind you it was 108 degrees. She called me and said she would be happy to pay me to locate those parts if possible and put them in, sooner because she had a three month old baby. I assured her there was not a reason to wait five days for a standard condenser fan motor, I would run by Lennox, pick up the motor and be out this evening. Let me tell you why she called me and completely trusted everything I said to her. (She has sent me I don’t know how many referrals.)
Three years ago another company came to her old house and told her she had a bad compressor. She then had me out to do a free second opinion, I agreed. She hired me to change out her compressor. I went to parts house picked up the compressor, blocked out five hours of my schedule, hauled all my tools to the backyard, set up my recovery tanks. To make a story that is starting to get long, shorter. I realized that down underneath the unit was a wire disconnected that I had not been able to see until I had everything all torn apart. I think you know what happened. I reconnected that wire, went and turned the power back on to the unit. Guess what? Compressor started up! Did I feel like a fool? You bet. I told the customer the truth. I made a customer for life. She has sent me more business than you can possibly imagine.
I could have changed out that compressor. I am sure she already had the check made out. I gained so much more the other way. I felt better, she loves me, tells everyone she loves me. I got more customers from losing that compressor sale than I would have ever gained from a dishonest act not to mention my own self respect.
I write this not to talk about myself but to show an example of how when you live by principals and stand for something greater than yourself you will be repaid multiple times. What are your principals? What do you stand for? Last night I went to bed feeling pretty darn good about myself. I wish every air conditioning technician in the world could say that. Wouldn’t the world be a much better place to live?
Trying To Save The World One Air Conditioner At A Time!
P.S. I am very lucky to work for a company whose motto is: If you always do what is truly in YOUR customer’s best interest, you will never be wrong.
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.