Frequently Asked Questions
The number one reason for a poorly functioning air conditioning unit is a lack of air return due to either leakage in the air conditioning duct system or a poorly executed air conditioning duct system.
There are things that you can do to maintain air return and air duct system to prolong the life of your air conditioner. Make sure that furniture is not interrupting the flow of air from room-to-room by being placed in front of transfer grills or registers. Check your attic and air conditioning duct system for proper insulation. You can improve the lifespan and efficency of your air conditioner unit just by having a properly planned and maintained air condtidioner duct system.
Contact Champion AC today to have a air conditioner duct evaluation specialist come in and inspect your system.
Champion AC recommends annual tune-ups for their customer for several reasons. Maintaining your system will extend the life expectancy, ensure dependable operation, minimize electric consumption and shorten runtime. Champion AC offers maintenance agreements to remove the burden of remembering to schedule a tune up, also giving you a 15% discount on any other repair throughout the year. Please feel free to contact us with any needs or questions about your system.
Yes. Champion AC policy on this is we will not bid an installation without also bidding a matched indoor unit. Heat Pump systems are bought by a seer, cooling rating and a H.S.P.F. (heating) rating. The only way to get the ratings that you paid for is with a matched indoor unit. Not changing the indoor unit can also cause problems with defrost cycles, reversing freon pressures, and void factory warranties with equipment manufacturers.
Make sure your contractor is licensed and been in business for at least 5 yrs, because a lot of businesses fail in the first 5 years. Warranties should be given to you in writing, technicians need to be factory trained, the company needs workers' compensation insurance, to protect you from a lawsuit if someone is injured on your property. The company should be a member of the Better Business Bureau and have excellent reputation referrals from friends or co-workers that have used the company in the past.
Make sure your proposal is very detailed and easy to understand.
Yes, Champion AC can certainly help you. Often the problem is not enough return air or maybe no air is circulating in the upstairs area. When warm air rises, we need a way to capture the air and run it thru the system and release it again. This is usually costly to do after a house is built. It all depends on the floor plans and what the customer is willing to do. We have furnaces with blowers that run at a low speed, when not heating or cooling, and help to mix the air at both levels. This helps tremendously with temperature differences. These blowers do this with very low electrical usage.
HVAC manufacturers are constantly engineering new technologies to improve the efficiency of their equipment. Two of those technologies that help keep energy bills down are the two-stage compressors and variable-speed motors.
Two-stage cooling means the air conditioner or heat pump has a compressor with two levels of operation: high for hot summer days and low for milder days. Since the low setting is adequate to meet household-cooling demands 80 percent of the time, a two-stage unit runs for longer periods and produces more even temperatures. This is extremely popular in areas where utility costs are high.
Longer run-times or cooling cycles also translate in to quieter, more efficient operation and enhanced humidity control. Compared to a single-stage unit, a two-stage air conditioner or heat pump can remove much more moisture from the air. This is important because when moisture levels are high, there's a higher potential for mold and other pollutant problems.
Variable speed motors
The indoor air handler (fan and motor) provides the energy to move air through the ductwork of a central air conditioning or heat pump system to the rooms of your house. In most standard central cooling and heating systems, the fan and motor runs at one speed, which means the system is either on or off. A variable speed motor (VSM) uses control technology, meaning the VSM automatically changes speed based on your home’s heating and cooling requirements. It slowly increases up to maximum speed instead of coming on at full capacity all at once. This eliminates the sudden blast of air you feel with a one-speed system and results in the system running at a lower speed most of the time. This eliminates noisy start up, while reducing wear and tear on the fan and motor, resulting in a substantial reduction in operating costs due to major energy efficiency improvements. Essentially, your AC system is going to run less and save you money.
Most heating and cooling systems manufactured today are quieter than those produced in past years. But there are still significant differences in sound ratings among these products. Champion AC also moves outside (condensing units) to more desirable locations to cut down on noise issues in the home.