AirPlus Central Air Conditioner Overview


As amazing as it seems, central air conditioning as we know it today has only been around for a little more than 100 years. Before then, people had to get creative to keep cool in hot, humid environments, employing everything from mechanical fans to blocks of ice in an effort to stave off the inconveniences and dangers of warm air. Today, we have it a little easier. A central air conditioner is a vital component in homes and other buildings round the world, and works as easily as flipping a switch or setting a temperature on a thermostat. But if you are interested in buying one, need repair work, or would like to schedule a convenient, in-home consultation, do what hundreds of clients in the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara Area have done the last three decades — call the experts at AirPlus Canada.

First Things First: A Little History and Primer on How a Central Air Conditioners Works

In 1902, American Willis Carrier invented an electromechanical air conditioner system and changed the world. While its operation seems mysterious, the principal behind a central air conditioner is easy to grasp. Essentially, the unit removes warm air from a home or other building, sucks in and cools air, then distributes it back into the enclosed space through a series of ducts in the ceilings, floors, and walls.

So why is it called a central air conditioner, then? Good question. Unlike smaller, portable units that can be installed in windows or sit on the floor in a given room, “central” refers to a fixed, centrally located device where the system is installed and services the entire residence from one spot.

The Advantages of a Central Air Conditioners

If you have ever been stuck in a hot environment without air conditioning, the benefits seem obvious. But there is more to the beauty and joy of a central air conditioners than merely cooling the air — though that is the main one most people identify with.
As one of the premier heating and cooling specialists in all of Ontario, we pride ourselves on earning customer loyalty through competitive pricing, outstanding customer service, and the breadth of knowledge we readily share with everyone we interact with. Over our many years in business, we have found that the best customer is one who is educated, inquisitive, and has enough legitimate information about air conditioning systems to make the right decisions. Here are what we consider to be some of the main benefits of a central air conditioner.

  • A central air conditioner makes less noise than a window unit, fan, or whole house attic fan. Why? Because the noisiest components — the condenser, fan and compressor — are normally located outdoors instead of in a room that needs to be cooled. As a result, indoor noise is not an issue.
  • One complaint we often hear about portable air conditioners — either window based, or a unit that sits on the floor in a particular room — is they can block a view or take up valuable indoor space. But a central air conditioner is inconspicuous, often hidden outdoors where no one can easily see it.
  • Because noisy components are located outside, and the remaining ones are connected to a furnace in a basement or other out-of-the-way area, less room is taken away from living areas and the residence continues to look tidy and fresh.
  • They are easy to operate. Whether there is a single zone or multiple zones, the system is conveniently controlled by a simple console that can be programmed to run at certain times and temperatures.
  • A specialized unit can operate in reverse, as a “heat pump,” and will not only cool air, but will pump hot air into your home or other location. This kind of system does double-duty, heating and cooling the home in a single, user-friendly unit.
  • Many of today’s most advanced models feature Internet connectivity, meaning the temperature settings of your central air conditioner in your home in Brampton can be changed remotely via your smart phone or other Web-enabled device while you are on a business trip outside the country.
  • In extreme heat conditions, a central air conditioner can literally be a life-saving device for the sick, elderly, or others negatively affected by high temperatures.
  • When paired with a humidifier, a central air conditioner keeps the air inside your home or place of business even more comfortable than if it simply cooled the air.
  • A central air conditioner is more cost-effective than portable units that are manually operated, or even window fans that need to be turned on or off, or constantly moved to different rooms for maximum benefit. Because central air conditioning can be set to operate at a certain time or temperature, it is more efficient and doesn’t waste as much energy as manually operated cooling solutions.

Finally, certain kinds of air conditioners provide generally the same benefits as other air cooling systems, but may operate slightly differently. The Air Plus sales and installation professionals are experienced and knowledgeable working with many different kinds of central air conditioners, including:

  • Air-cooled systems which use a fan to blow air across a coil that is filled with refrigerant.
  • Water-cooled systems that cool water with a refrigerant, but do not use outside air — meaning this kind of system can be installed indoors.
  • Systems that are “split” or divided with the evaporator component inside of the house, and the condenser and compressor outside of the residence.
  • Packaged systems, which keep all of the air conditioner components in the same place, such as a side yard, basement, or even the roof.
  • Mini-duct (also known as “High Velocity”) systems which are split systems normally located in the attic and yard of a private residence or other building. They use thin plastic tubes to move cool air throughout the structure.

If you have questions about a central air conditioners repairs, installation or sales, call AirPlus today at 416-298-6874. Also you can visit our online shop at Shop.Airplus.Ca

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