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Air Conditioning Systems
A new air conditioner is a major expense, and shopping for one should not be taken lightly. Here are some things to consider, things to look for in an air conditioner, and reasons why prices vary from system to system.
SEER Rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)
A SEER rating is another component you should look for in your shopping experience. Think of SEER rating like you think of km per liter on your car. The higher the km per liter means you spend less money on fuel. In the same way, a high SEER rating correlates with a more energy-efficient unit. It’s calculated by measuring the total BTU’s of heat rejected per hour and dividing it by the watts of electricity used to reject that heat.
When looking at a unit, take a look at the type of compressor that fits your needs.
- Single-Stage – A single-stage compressor cools the home while running at full blast. Because this compressor knows only one speed, it turns on and off more frequently and always runs at peak capacity and energy usage. As a result, this type of compressor is not as energy efficient as the other compressors.
- Two-Stage – A two-stage compressor has two stages: medium and high. The high stage is for those hot and muggy days, while medium is for those milder days or overnight. The two-stage air conditioning compressor runs on a lower setting until the outdoor temperature gets too hot. The compressor can often run most of the year in the medium setting, it uses less energy and reduces your electric bills. It’s also more comfortable for you; by running longer at the medium compressor speed, the unit does a better job of removing humidity from the indoor air, making the space more comfortable and often allow you to raise the temperature on the thermostat a degree or two and still feel cool.
Up to 16-SEER Air Conditioner
One of our efficient HVAC offerings. High-efficiency equipment can help you reduce utility bill spending.
Includes features that help lessen noise associated with operation.
Includes eco-friendly, durable Micro-Channel coil technology.
The up to 16-SEER air conditioner offers more than just premium home comfort. Its two-stage cooling operation provides more consistent temperatures and increases dehumidification capabilities. When an air conditioner operates in multiple stages, it is able to switch between low and high capacity operation – exactly meeting the cooling needs of your home without consuming unnecessary energy operating in high capacity, exclusively. This money-saving operation results in up to 16-SEER performance – qualifying for an ENERGY STAR high efficiency designation.
- Exceptional 10-year all-parts warranty
- Long-lasting peace of mind with 10-year Comfort Quality Pledge to replace the entire unit if the compressor fails
- Product registration required
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Country Hearth & Chimney Inc. has many different options for your indoor or outdoor fire needs. Stop into our showroom today to see our display models and ask how we can help choose the right fireplace or stove for your home, backyard, garage or den. Options are available in:
Gas (Natural or Propane)
Modern Gas Styles.
Traditional Gas Styles.
Free Standing Gas
Wood Stoves – Modern or Traditional
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HEAT YOUR HOME EFFICENTLY WITH A NEW FURNACE
Replacing the old furnace in your home with a new, more efficient model can offset rising energy prices. Money aside, today's furnaces pollute less and boost comfort by producing heat more steadily than older furnaces. Gas (natural or propane) is the most common heating fuel and a new high-efficiency furnace can reduce your average heating bill by approximately 25%.
The furnace's specifications should fit your needs. A furnace that's too small won't keep your house comfortable during extremely-cold weather.
To be sure of correct sizing and a proper installation, choose a reputable contractor like Country Hearth & Chimney, who will take the time to calculate your heating needs according to an industry standard. These calculations will take into account the climate, size, design, and construction of your home.
Once the furnace is installed, call us to maintain it regularly to ensure maintenance is done according to the manufacturer's recommendations. When customers ask us about the most common reason for furnace break downs, it is undoubtedly improper maintenance.
Efficiency Also Matters
How efficiently a furnace converts gas into heating energy is reflected in its annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) rating, which is measured as a percentage. Our furnaces, depending on the size hold up to 97% AFUE rating. Considering the environment, high efficiency furnaces generate fewer emissions. Helping the environment and your wallet at the same time!
Furnaces have become increasingly more energy-efficient over the years. A gas furnace made in the early 1970s typically has an AFUE of about 65 percent.
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DISCOVER DUCTLESS HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
No ductwork? No problem!
Ductless heat pumps are easy to install, avoiding bulky ductwork in your home they will be able to provide energy efficient heat in the winter and cooling in the summer. They can also have a big impact on your comfort, while helping you save money.
- Because heat pumps transfer heat instead of generate heat, ductless mini-split heat pumps use 60% less energy than standard homes with conventional electric based heating systems.
- Cut cooling costs by up to 30% compared to conventional room air conditioners – these heat pumps use advanced technology that can adjust speeds to save energy.
- Different climates in each room – each indoor unit can provide custom heating and cooling – adjustable through wall consoles, remote controls and smart phone apps
- No bulky ductwork. Inside units attached to your wall connect to an outside unit using small refrigerant lines (see figure below)
Consider upgrading to ductless mini-split heat pumps in these situations:
- In homes with costly electric heat and cooling (e.g. baseboard or electric radiant)
- Older homes with no ductwork
- Homes with expensive central heating due to high fuel costs
- Install in rooms that are not regularly occupied
- Additions or outbuildings where extending ductwork is not available (e.g. shed, barn, garage or loft areas)
Do these systems work with Canadian Climates?
Some people wonder whether heat pumps work in colder climates and have only ever seen these systems in warm climates while on vacation.
Answer: Yes! There are Ductless systems specifically designed for “Cold Climates”, and are very different from those sold generally online.
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How Geothermal Works - Geothermal Process
The Science Behind the Magic - Outdoor air temperatures vary greatly throughout the year while temperatures underground stay fairly constant. The earth absorbs and stores approximately 47% of the sun's solar energy. As a result, the temperature of the earth four to six feet below grade is fairly moderate and stable.
The underground temperature in northern climates is approximately 10 degrees Celsius or 70 degree Fahrenheit year round. The geothermal system takes advantage of this stored energy by using it to provide the most energy efficient heating and cooling system available.
Rather than generating heat, a geothermal system transfers heat from one place to another. The heat exchanger, commonly referred to as a closed loop system, is buried in the ground and circulates a water solution through a series of pipes. This solution captures the stored solar warmth and delivers it back to the geothermal system located in the house. The geothermal unit then transfers the solar heat throughout the house using standard forced air ductwork or radiant floor heat to deliver comfortable indoor temperatures during the winter.
The same geothermal unit and heat exchanger will reverse this cycle during the cooling season to provide air conditioning. The system removes heat and humidity from the air, transfers and deposits that heat back into the earth through the same loop system.
Heating and Cooling Cycles
During the heating cycle, the fluid circulates through the loop extracting heat from the ground. The heat energy is transferred to the geothermal unit. The unit compresses the extracted heat to a high temperature and delivers it to your home through a normal duct system or radiant heat system.
For cooling, the process is simply reversed. Because the earth is much cooler than the air temperatures on a hot day, the geothermal system removes heat from the home and deposits it into the ground. The fluid is cooled by the ground temperatures and returned to the unit for cooling your home.