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A major part of your health relies on getting a good night’s sleep. That’s why it’s not just important to run your air conditioner during the hot summer days. You also need to keep your home comfortably cool at night as well.

At Four Seasons Heating & Cooling, we understand that depending on your air conditioner to run efficiently is crucial to helping you get the good night’s sleep you deserve. We also know how critical sleep is to everyday life, so we make it a priority to provide our customers in the Beaufort, NC, area a cooling system that ensures the utmost comfort all hours of the day or night.

Getting It Right

According to a study published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), part of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), it’s recommended to set your thermostat between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit at night for a comfortable full night’s sleep. By comfortable, we mean not constantly waking up to add blankets or to turn down the thermostat in the middle of the night. Additionally, your body will not have to worry about regulating its own temperature, because your room will already be set to the ideal sleeping condition to do that for you.

Keeping It Right

By keeping your air conditioner in tip-top shape all year long, you can help prevent any potential problems that can arise during the times when you need your cooling system most. That means scheduling regular maintenance for one of our professionals to come out and thoroughly clean your unit of any debris, dust, or dirt, and confirm there are not any leaks or cracks.

The Right Benefits

Once you know your system is working in prime condition, here are three health benefits you can experience from lowering your thermostat’s temperature at night:

1. Helps your mood
It’s not just your physical health that will improve—your mental health will significantly change as well. Getting uninterrupted sleep is essential for staying alert, energetic, and keeping a positive outlook on life. The less signs of irritability and exhaustion you show, the more likely you will be able to function at your best.

2. Fights aging
Resting comfortably and staying cool are not the only advantages of lowering your home’s temperature before going to bed each night. While sleeping, your body is also more likely to release melatonin, a hormone that fights symptoms of aging and helps prevent getting wrinkles sooner than you should.

3. Contributes to weight loss
It’s not just a nutritious diet and getting regular exercise that are the necessary components to losing weight. You also need a healthy sleeping pattern to help shed those unwanted pounds. Without a comfortable and proper sleep schedule, your weight-loss plan will not be as effective and ultimately can increase your odds of losing muscle mass instead of fat.

Schedule Your Tune-Up

Follow our simple air conditioning tips, and schedule your seasonal maintenance today. Give our Four Seasons Heating & Cooling professionals a call at 252-247-5500 or request service online. We can help you live healthier by keeping you and your family comfortable at home throughout the hot summer months ahead.

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Four Seasons Heating & Cooling by Four Seasons Heating & Cooling - 1w ago

It’s an “Oh no!” moment when you approach your home’s thermostat and see its screen is blank. Is it serious? Does it mean your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner is broken? Not necessarily. In fact, most of the time, it’s something minor and can be easily fixed. 

Here are some of the most frequent reasons our Four Seasons Heating & Cooling technicians see a thermostat blank screen:

Dead Batteries

If your thermostat wall does not have a c-wire, or common wire, your thermostat most likely is not hooked up to your HVAC system for its power and needs batteries. When your screen is blank, it could indicate you need to replace the batteries. It that is the case, you typically need AA alkaline or 3-volt lithium batteries — just look to see which type is currently powering the thermostat and simply replace them. Most thermostats display a low-battery symbol when the juice is running low.

On the other hand, if your thermostat is hardwired to your HVAC system for power, it could be a temporary blank screen if the thermostat is in the middle of recharging. Wait a short time and see if the display returns. If it does not, read on. 

Loose Wiring or Wiring Problems 

Sometimes the wires hooked up to your thermostat are responsible for its lack of power. If they were not firmly attached originally or the thermostat is in a high-traffic room, the vibrations from people walking by can sometimes affect the wires. Our technicians have also seen wires chewed by rodents in attics affect the wiring. Since wiring deals directly with electricity, we recommend you calling us to diagnose and repair the issue for you. When it comes to electricity, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Tripped Circuit Breaker or Blown Fuse

A quick fix to restore your thermostat’s power is a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse, depending what you have in your home. Sometimes a surge can cause this issue. If you check your electrical box and a circuit breaker is tripped, just flip it back. If you have fuses, replace the fuse. Once this is done, check your thermostat. If you have power again, you are set; but if the breaker trips again or the replacement fuse blows, you have a more involved HVAC problem. You need to get a professional involved.

Tripped Safety Switch 

HVAC systems have built-in safety switches in the case of an unsafe situation. In the event a safety switch on one of your units is tripped, the transformer supplying voltage to your unit (and possibly your thermostat) will stop power. If this is a furnace, you need to call in a professional for a diagnosis and repair. If it’s your heat pump or air conditioner, check its condensate pan to see if it’s full. As a safety precaution, this will trip the safety switch. Empty the pan and see if power is restored to your unit and thermostat. If not, you need a professional.

Open Furnace Door

Every once in a while, our technicians come across this issue. Some thermostats are more sensitive to this issue than others, but it is something worth checking. If your furnace door is not closed tightly, your thermostat will turn off. Simply closing the door securely should restore power if this is the cause.

Old Thermostat 

Though thermostats can last 10 to 20 years, they do wear out. Sometimes it is just time to replace it. If your thermostat is older, unfortunately this may be the problem. If it is, be sure to have a professional install the new one, since the newer ones can be complicated, and you want to be sure you will not have issues with it in the future.

At Four Seasons Heating & Cooling here in Newport, NC, we frequently field phone calls regarding thermostat issues. If your thermostat has a blank display, try these ideas to see if you can restore its power. But if they are not solving your problem, or if you are hesitant about attempting these on your own, please call us at 252-247-5500, or request service online — we are always happy to help!

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Indoor air quality, or IAQ, is more than ten times (and, in some instances, more than 100 times) more polluted than the air outside, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These pollutants contribute to many diseases as well as respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies. Installing a ductless air conditioner, also known as a mini split, in your Beaufort, NC, home has quite a few benefits over a traditionally ducted air conditioner. Two such benefits are helping to improve your home’s IAQ and controlling your home’s humidity. Four Seasons Heating & Cooling is an expert in installing ductless air conditioners. Call us at 252-247-5500, and we can talk about your home’s IAQ and humidity control with one of these units.

Improved IAQ

In traditional HVAC systems, ductwork is the means of travel for the air used during the process. Over time, these air ducts collect airborne particles and contaminants throughout, requiring regular professional duct cleaning. The majority of people only have their ducts cleaned once or twice during the time they’re living in their home. This leaves a lot of time in between cleanings (or no cleanings) with the particles building up. Breathing in all these particles aggravates already-existing conditions like asthma and allergies, not to mention the respiratory issues that can begin this way, along with spreading any illnesses lingering around your home.

With a ductless air conditioner, as its name states, there are no ducts. Because the conduit just runs between the outdoor condenser and the indoor unit, there are no ducts involved and no contaminants trapped in the air path’s route. Also, ductless systems typically offer a multistage filtration that decreases air particulates such as bacteria, dust, allergens, and pollen. Some models eliminate up to up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses for improved air quality. The happy result is high IAQ for you in your home.

Controlled Humidity

Because of the way a ductless air conditioner works, with the contained refrigerant absorbing the indoor-air’s heat thereby reducing the temperature, the air becomes less capable of holding moisture. The moisture that remains is transferred to the unit’s condensate. This process allows your home’s humidity to be controlled and reduced. No more condensation on windows. Additionally, the less humidity in a home’s air, the less pathogens that can exist in it, contributing to illness and allergies. Controlling your home’s humidity is actually yet another avenue to improving its IAQ.

While our homes are becoming more and more airtight due to improved construction methods, the trapped pollutants and contaminants within are contributing to our overall wellness. The most direct response to this issue is improved IAQ. A ductless air conditioner can be a wonderful way to support IAQ’s improvement simply via not having ductwork involved in the process and controlling your home’s humidity. Contact any one of our highly trained technicians at Four Seasons Heating & Cooling to discuss your current ductless air conditioner or if you’re considering installing one in your home.

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When an air conditioner (AC) turns on and off in rather quick successions, without running for longer periods, this is called short cycling. It’s fairly common, but when it happens it means there’s something wrong with the AC.

Do not leave these occurrences alone. They will increase your energy costs, usually indicate a larger problem, and could lead to permanent damage of your unit, thus requiring a costly replacement. Short cycling also shortens your AC’s life span.

Call a professional technician and have your unit inspected. Any one of our experts at Four Seasons Heating & Cooling can diagnose and repair this issue for you. Don’t delay. Call us at 252-247-5500, so we can get your AC back to its most efficient state for you.

While there are many possible reasons for short cycling, here are a few of the most common ones and what can be done to fix them.

Low Refrigerant

The coolant that flows through your system, helping to absorb heat and cool down the air inside your home, is called refrigerant. You may know it by its brand name of Freon®. When your refrigerant is low, the needed compressor-pressure levels are affected. This triggers your compressor’s low pressure control, shutting off your compressor.

When the pressure rises and triggers your AC to restart, this causes the short cycling. If your refrigerant level is low, this indicates you have a leak, as refrigerant is cycled throughout the compressor, not burned off. Low refrigerant can also cause frozen coils. A professional technician can find your leak and prevent any further issues or damage.

Thermostat Location

Your thermostat acts as the sensor for your AC, telling it when to cool your home. If its location is not optimal, such as near a window or too close to a vent, your thermostat will be sending misleading information to your AC.

Suppose your thermostat is in the direct line of a vent’s airflow. This will cause the thermostat to think it’s cooler in your home than it really is, and your AC will shut off thinking it’s reached its desired temperature. Since the cool air is no longer flowing through the vent, the thermostat realizes your home is actually still too warm and triggers your AC to start up again. This is short cycling.

Be sure your thermostat is located in a central location away from direct sunlight and vents.

Dirty Air Filter

Dirty air filters are one of the most common and easily remedied problems with ACs we see here in Beaufort, NC. The dirty filters restrict airflow, which in turn causes so many problems, one of them being a frozen coil. This can cause your AC to malfunction and short cycle. Be sure to change your filters regularly to avoid any issues.

Oversized AC

An AC unit that’s too large for your home short cycles, because it cools your home too rapidly while it doesn’t dehumidify it properly. So it’ll shut down and start up frequently. You’ll more than likely also find that your home has hot and cold spots, and you’ll experience higher energy bills. If your AC is newly installed, talk to the technicians who installed it to see what they can do to help you. Call one of our qualified technicians to do a Manual J heat load calculation to determine the proper-sized unit for your home.

Short cycling causes a whole host of problems with your AC, so if you notice your AC doing this, call one of our Four Seasons Heating & Cooling technicians to assess the situation. You want your AC to cool efficiently and to last for years to come — short cycling will short change you.

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Four Seasons Heating & Cooling by Four Seasons Heating & Cooling - 1M ago

When it comes to your air conditioner, a common term used in the HVAC business that you’re likely to see everywhere is your air conditioner’s SEER. But what exactly is SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a rating system of the air conditioner’s cooling capacity to power input, i.e., it’s the ratio of the amount of cooling produced (in BTUs) divided by the amount of electricity (in watts) used. The higher the SEER, the greater the air conditioner’s efficiency.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling units use more energy than any other system in your home. So when you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ll want to pay attention to the SEER level of the different units you’re considering. The higher the SEER number, the more efficiency bang you’ll get for your efficiency buck. That means money you’ll be saving in the long run on energy costs.

The U.S. EPA requires residential air conditioner systems manufactured after January 1, 2015, to have a minimum SEER rating of 14, while previously all systems manufactured after January 23, 2006, needed to have a minimum rating of 13 (with the exception of window units, being exempt from this law). Older air conditioners have a SEER rating of 10 or under. You can usually find your system’s SEER rating on the yellow-and-black EnergyGuide sticker on the outside of your unit.

Saving Money by Upgrading

If your system is ten to 15 years old but continues keeping you cool in the summer, you might still want to consider investing in a newer unit. By upgrading to a modern, more efficient model, depending on your current unit’s SEER, you could save quite a bit of money annually on your cooling bill. To illustrate, say your current system has a SEER rating of 9. If you upgraded to an air conditioner with a 13 SEER, which is the lowest efficiency available, your power consumption would be reduced by 28 percent. Depending on how much you use your system and your cost of electricity, that could save you about $300 a year in energy costs.

The Department of Energy has accessible online energy-efficiency calculators you can find to help you predict the energy costs you’ll save with different units carrying various SEER ratings. If you’d like a more precise analysis, call Four Seasons Heating & Cooling, and we’d be happy to send one of our knowledgeable technicians out to go over the possible savings with you.

How to Decide Which SEER Is for You

To carry the Energy Star® label, an air conditioner must be in the top 25 percent of efficient models and have a minimum SEER of 14. But automatically purchasing an air conditioner with a higher SEER isn’t the go-to answer. Unfortunately, things aren’t that cut and dry. The rating represents the potential efficiency of the unit under perfect conditions. Much of the system’s efficiency depends on the right sizing of the unit for your home, along with correct installation and an evaluation of other factors as well. For example, your duct work and windows may have leaks, thus directly affecting your energy savings.

Also, keep in mind that your air conditioner doesn’t operate within a vacuum. It’s directly tied to your furnace or heating system. Depending on what equipment you presently have and its age, this definitely factors into your air conditioner’s rating. Even though your proposed new unit has an 18 SEER, once married to your current furnace, the SEER may decrease to a 15 or 16. What you need to aim for is the right-sized equipment operating at its optimal ratings within varying conditions for the best savings and comfort for you.

Four Seasons Heating & Cooling has specialist technicians who calculate these various factors when proposing the optimal system for your home, comfort, and budget. Give us a call, and we’d be happy to help you with any of your air conditioner needs.

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Aside from the professionals, like ours at Four Seasons Heating & Cooling, who really thinks about air conditioners and their components? Air conditioners keep your Beaufort, NC, home or business cool and comfy when the outside temperatures are high, and that’s all you really need to know, right?

Well, air conditioners do so much more than just cool, like dehumidify your home or business and help keep your inside air cleaner. Understanding a bit of its basic components and how they work can help you identify a problem or malfunction when it occurs.

Air Conditioner Overview

As already mentioned, your air conditioner does more than just cool. It dehumidifies by reducing the volume of humid air, thereby taking a portion of its moisture. That’s the reason for pans and drains with air conditioners. Your air conditioner also aids in cleaning the air by removing allergen and debris particles from the airflow where they attach to the filter. 

But the largest purpose of your air conditioner is to remove the heat from your inside air and cool it, providing the maximum indoor comfort. Looking at this side of your air conditioner, most conventional central air conditioners have a hot side, which is located outside, and a cool side, located inside. Since these air conditioners have both outdoor and indoor components, many times you’ll see your air conditioner referred to as a split-system air conditioner.

In the very basest of explanations, here’s how your air conditioner works:

  1. Air conditioners transfer heat to the outside, extracting it from the inside air.
  2. The compressed gas refrigerant in the system (you probably know DuPont’s Freon® refrigerant) absorbs the excess heat before it’s pumped through the piping in a closed system to an outside coil.
  3. A fan blows air over the hot coil, transferring the absorbed heat in the refrigerant to the outdoor air.
  4. Since the inside heat has been removed, the indoor air is now cool. As a result, the refrigerant is re-cooled and condensed here, then sent back to circulate through the system to begin the process again.

There are many complex and smaller transactions throughout your air conditioning system, but this gives you an overview on how your system works.

Air Conditioner Components

An air conditioner is made up of many components, but the major parts doing the heavy lifting of moving the air indoors and outdoors are the evaporator, condenser, expansion valve, and compressor. Keep in mind they’re each either located outside (the hot side) or inside (the cool side).

  • Evaporator
  • The evaporator is located on the cool side. Its main function is to receive the liquid refrigerant. It’s paired with a fan blowing air over the chilled coils into your home. After it receives the liquid refrigerant, it converts it to gas through a drop in pressure.

  • Condenser
  • The condenser is located on the hot side. Its main function is to facilitate heat transfer. Resembling a car’s radiator in looks, it actually works the opposite of the evaporator by converting the evaporated refrigerant back into a liquid. This process is called a heat transfer, working on the principle that heat will always move from a warmer to a cooler substance.

  • Expansion valve
  • The expansion valve is located between the evaporator and condenser coils. Its main function is to regulate the refrigerant flow into the evaporator. It removes pressure from the liquid refrigerant allowing the conversion into gas to occur in the evaporator.

  • Compressor
  • The compressor is located on the hot side. Its main function is to pressurize refrigerant. The compressor is a large electric pump re-pressurizing the refrigerant gas to convert it back into liquid. It assists the condenser, while the expansion valve assists the evaporator.

Call Us for Your Air Conditioning Needs

While there are additional fans, valves, sensors, and other components to your air conditioner, these four components are fundamentally the main components. Request service online, or call Four Seasons Heating & Cooling at 252-247-5500 if you think you need service or replacement on one or more of them — one of our certified experts is happy to discuss the roles of these components in more detail with you anytime you have a question!

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Four Seasons Heating & Cooling by Four Seasons Heating & Cooling - 2M ago

An air conditioner, just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. At Four Seasons Heating & Cooling, we recommend getting your air conditioning unit serviced and cleaned once a year. The optimum time is in the spring to ensure your unit will run with the most efficiency during the hottest summer months. You need to be able to rely on your air conditioner for your comfort here in Newport, NC.

Why Is Maintenance Important?

The short answer is it saves you money!

An air conditioner collects dust and dirt continuously as it sits throughout the year, not only in the months when it’s running. Though this tiny debris may not seem harmful, when it accumulates throughout the year, it can make its way into the cracks and crevices of your unit, as well as everywhere else. This creates gunk and wreaks havoc on the different parts involved in the cooling process. 

When this happens, parts break down much sooner than expected and can add up to costly repairs. It also decreases the life expectancy of your system, forcing you to purchase a new air conditioner much sooner than you may have planned.

Regular air-conditioning maintenance also supports your system’s energy efficiency. Simple acts you can perform yourself, like replacing a dirty and clogged air filter, can reduce your energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent. This translates to you spending less money on your utility bills. Professional and DIY maintenance alleviates higher bills and keeps your air conditioner working at its manufacturer’s intended efficiency.

Even if you are fastidious with doing your own regular home maintenance, you should always have your unit cleaned and checked in the spring by a professional. There are many tasks only a professional technician is trained and certified to perform. Neglecting these professional tasks constitutes poor maintenance and will negatively affect your system in the long run, again, costing you money.

What Can I Expect My Technician to Do During My Annual Maintenance?

Here’s a brief overview of what our knowledgeable and experienced technicians do during your air-conditioning-maintenance appointment:

  • Clean and check condenser coils and evaporators, if necessary.
  • Clean and adjust blower components for proper system airflow to create increased comfort levels.
  • Check ducts for debris, and if debris is present, remove it to allow for maximum airflow.
  • Clean and check aluminum fins. If they are crushed or bent in any fashion, this affects proper air distribution.
  • Inspect internal parts for broken, chipped, or other damage, which may not be easily noticed. If your air conditioner continues to run with damaged parts or areas, your system will eventually fail.
  • Clean and check condensate drain, to prevent any blockages or mold buildup. Backups can cause water damage to equipment.
  • Tighten connections, both mechanical and electrical. Loose connections cause incorrect operations.
  • Check coolant level for leaks. Leaks prevent your air conditioner from working, and the refrigerant could damage anything it touches.
  • Check system’s thermostat for accuracy.
  • Check system controls to be sure all works safely.
  • Provide you with a summary of work performed and share any findings regarding needed repairs or upgrades, as well as maintenance you can perform yourself between maintenance visits.
Schedule Your Maintenance Today

Don’t delay in scheduling your annual air-conditioner maintenance with our Four Seasons Heating & Cooling professionals. With spring now here, our calendar is quickly filling. Call us at 252-247-5500 today to be sure your maintenance is done before you need to use your system this year!

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Aside from the professionals, like ours at Four Seasons Heating & Cooling, who really thinks about air conditioners and their components? Air conditioners keep your Beaufort, NC, home or business cool and comfy when the outside temperatures are high, and that’s all you really need to know, right?

Well, air conditioners do so much more than just cool, like dehumidify your home or business and help keep your inside air cleaner. Understanding a bit of its basic components and how they work can help you identify a problem or malfunction when it occurs.

Air Conditioner Overview

As already mentioned, your air conditioner does more than just cool. It dehumidifies by reducing the volume of humid air, thereby taking a portion of its moisture. That’s the reason for pans and drains with air conditioners. Your air conditioner also aids in cleaning the air by removing allergen and debris particles from the airflow where they attach to the filter. 

But the largest purpose of your air conditioner is to remove the heat from your inside air and cool it, providing the maximum indoor comfort. Looking at this side of your air conditioner, most conventional central air conditioners have a hot side, which is located outside, and a cool side, located inside. Since these air conditioners have both outdoor and indoor components, many times you’ll see your air conditioner referred to as a split-system air conditioner.

In the very basest of explanations, here’s how your air conditioner works:

  1. Air conditioners transfer heat to the outside, extracting it from the inside air.
  2. The compressed gas refrigerant in the system (you probably know DuPont’s Freon® refrigerant) absorbs the excess heat before it’s pumped through the piping in a closed system to an outside coil.
  3. A fan blows air over the hot coil, transferring the absorbed heat in the refrigerant to the outdoor air.
  4. Since the inside heat has been removed, the indoor air is now cool. As a result, the refrigerant is re-cooled and condensed here, then sent back to circulate through the system to begin the process again.

There are many complex and smaller transactions throughout your air conditioning system, but this gives you an overview on how your system works.

Air Conditioner Components

An air conditioner is made up of many components, but the major parts doing the heavy lifting of moving the air indoors and outdoors are the evaporator, condenser, expansion valve, and compressor. Keep in mind they’re each either located outside (the hot side) or inside (the cool side).

  • Evaporator
  • The evaporator is located on the cool side. Its main function is to receive the liquid refrigerant. It’s paired with a fan blowing air over the chilled coils into your home. After it receives the liquid refrigerant, it converts it to gas through a drop in pressure.

  • Condenser
  • 
The condenser is located on the hot side. Its main function is to facilitate heat transfer. Resembling a car’s radiator in looks, it actually works the opposite of the evaporator by converting the evaporated refrigerant back into a liquid. This process is called a heat transfer, working on the principle that heat will always move from a warmer to a cooler substance.

  • Expansion valve

  • The expansion valve is located between the evaporator and condenser coils. Its main function is to regulate the refrigerant flow into the evaporator. It removes pressure from the liquid refrigerant allowing the conversion into gas to occur in the evaporator.

  • Compressor
  • The compressor is located on the hot side. Its main function is to pressurize refrigerant. The compressor is a large electric pump re-pressurizing the refrigerant gas to convert it back into liquid. It assists the condenser, while the expansion valve assists the evaporator.

Call Us for Your Air Conditioning Needs

While there are additional fans, valves, sensors, and other components to your air conditioner, these four components are fundamentally the main components. Request service online, or call Four Seasons Heating & Cooling at 252-247-5500 if you think you need service or replacement on one or more of them — one of our certified experts is happy to discuss the roles of these components in more detail with you anytime you have a question!

Need HVAC Maintenance?

Contact the experts at Four Seasons Heating and Cooling!

Four Seasons Heating & Cooling services Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Cherry Point, Emerald Isle, Harkers Island, Havelock, Indian Beach, Marshallberg, Morehead City, Newport, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, Swansboro, and the surrounding North Carolina communities with their heating and cooling needs. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 252-247-5500, or request service online today.

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Aside from the professionals, like ours at Four Seasons Heating & Cooling, who really thinks about air conditioners and their components? Air conditioners keep your Beaufort, NC, home or business cool and comfy when the outside temperatures are high, and that’s all you really need to know, right? Well, air conditioners do so much more than just cool, like dehumidify your home or business and help keep your inside air cleaner, so understanding a bit of its basic components and how they work can help you identify a problem or malfunction when it occurs.

Air Conditioner Overview

As already mentioned, your air conditioner does more than just cool. It dehumidifies by reducing the volume of humid air, thereby taking a portion of its moisture. That’s the reason for pans and drains with air conditioners. It also aids in cleaning the air by removing allergen and debris particles from the airflow where they attach to the filter. But the largest purpose of your air conditioner is to remove the heat from your inside air and cool it, providing the maximum indoor comfort. Looking at this side of your air conditioner, most conventional central air conditioners have a hot side, which is located outside, and a cool side, located inside. Since these air conditioners have both outdoor and indoor components, many times you’ll see your air conditioner referred to as a split-system air conditioner.

In the very basest of explanations, here’s how your air conditioner works: Air conditioners transfer heat to the outside, taking it from the inside air. The compressed gas refrigerant in the system absorbs the excess heat before it’s pumped through the piping in a closed system to an outside coil. A fan blows air over the hot coil, transferring the absorbed heat in the refrigerant to the outdoor air. The indoor air becomes cooled since the heat has been removed. The refrigerant is re-cooled and condensed here as a result and sent back to circulate through the system to begin the process again. There are many complex and smaller transactions throughout your air conditioning system, but this is basically how the system works.

Air Conditioner Components

An air conditioner is made up of many components, but the major parts doing the heavy lifting of moving the air indoors and outdoors are the evaporator, condenser, expansion valve, and compressor. Keep in mind they’re each either located outside (the hot side) or inside (the cool side).

  • Evaporator.
  • The evaporator is located on the cool side. Its main function is to receive the liquid refrigerant. It’s paired with a fan blowing air over the chilled coils into your home. After it receives the liquid refrigerant, it converts it to gas through a drop in pressure.

  • Condenser.
  • The condenser is located on the hot side. Its main function is to facilitate heat transfer. Resembling a car’s radiator in looks, it actually works the opposite of the evaporator by converting the evaporated refrigerant back into a liquid. This process is called a heat transfer, working on the principle that heat will always move from a warmer to a cooler substance.

  • Expansion valve.
  • The expansion valve is located between the evaporator and condenser coils. Its main function is to regulate the refrigerant flow into the evaporator. It removes pressure from the liquid refrigerant allowing the conversion into gas to occur in the evaporator.

  • Compressor.
  • The compressor is located on the hot side. Its main function is to pressurize refrigerant. The compressor is a large electric pump repressurizing the refrigerant gas to convert it back into liquid. It assists the condenser, while the expansion valve assists the evaporator.

While there are additional fans, valves, sensors, and other components to your air conditioner, these four components are fundamentally the main components. Call Four Seasons Heating & Cooling at 252-247-5500 if you think you need service or replacement on one or more of them. Or one of our certified experts is happy to discuss the roles of these components in more detail with you anytime you have a question.

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Geothermal heat pumps have been in use since the 1940s, and they both heat & cool homes wonderfully. They use the constant temperature of the earth for their heat medium instead of the outside air temperature. In the Beaufort, NC, area, there are many options specific for this climate and terrain. Different models offer many possibilities for more comfort and energy savings. Call a certified technician at Four Seasons Heating & Cooling about your different options.

If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, and you’ve never considered a Geothermal heat pump, you need to throw the geothermal-heat option into the proverbial arena. Here are three narrowed-down reasons to take a second (or first) look at Geothermal heat pumps:

  1. Lower Utility and Maintenance Bills
  2. The savings on both your utility and heating-and-cooling-maintenance bills are considerable with a geothermal system. This more than compensates for the higher-than-an-air-source-system installation price, due to the buried-loop system. Even though the installation price of a geothermal system can be several times that of an air-source system of the same heating and cooling capacity, the additional costs are returned to you in energy savings in five to ten years.

    A Geothermal heat pump will immediately save you 30 to 60 percent on your heating costs, and 20 to 50 percent on your cooling over conventional heating systems. Much of this is due to the clean, renewable energy, i.e., the sun, it uses, as well as the small amount of electricity needed to transfer the heat to your house from the ground. A typical 2000-square-foot home can be heated and cooled for as little as $1 total a day. Quite a savings.

    As far as costs for maintaining this system, these too are very reduced. A Geothermal heat pump lifespan is much longer than those of conventional systems. With this long life comes little maintenance. The outside components are buried, not exposed to the elements, and it has few moving parts. Much less to break or replace.

  3. System Life Span
  4. The life span of a Geothermal heat pump well outpaces that of more conventional heating-and-cooling systems. The indoor components typically last about 25 years (compared with 15 years or less for a furnace or AC unit) and more than 50 years for the ground loop (outside). Chances of you having to replace a Geothermal heat pump are minute, unless you plan on living in your home for the majority of your life. Scientists’ research shows that these systems can last even as long as 100 years. Ask one of the technicians at Four Seasons Heating & Cooling which one of the closed-loop systems would work best for your home.

  5. Environmentally Friendly
  6. As mentioned above, a Geothermal heat pump uses clean, renewable energy (the sun). This means there’s no onsite combustion resulting in no emissions of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other
    greenhouse gases. This translates to no combustion-related-safety or air-quality issues inside the house. The pump unit does use electricity, which may be generated using fossil fuels.

    Since there is no combustion in these systems, they curb the discharge of conservatory gasses, making them environmentally friendly. According to the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium, putting a geoexchange system in a typical home is the equivalent, in greenhouse gas reduction, to planting one acre of trees1. Now that’s bragging rights.

These are just three of the many reasons to consider a geothermal heat pump for your next heating and cooling system. Call Four Seasons Heating & Cooling to discuss this system in more depth and how it will work for your Beaufort home.

Need HVAC Maintenance?

Contact the experts at Four Seasons Heating and Cooling!

Four Seasons Heating & Cooling services Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Cherry Point, Emerald Isle, Harkers Island, Havelock, Indian Beach, Marshallberg, Morehead City, Newport, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, Swansboro, and the surrounding North Carolina communities with their heating and cooling needs. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 252-247-5500, or request service online today.

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