Considering how hot it gets in Florida, air conditioning is an absolute necessity. By now, you’ve either had your system tuned-up for the cooling season, or you’ve spent some time considering a replacement. If your air conditioner is a matching system, it’s important to consider it as a whole. For even though it has two units – one inside and one outside – they work together as a team.
In a split system, the indoor unit contains an evaporator coil that collects the heat in your home. Refrigerant absorbs that heat and carries it to the outdoor unit. The outdoor condensing unit works to remove the heat from the refrigerant, and releases it outside. Then the refrigerant is moved back to the indoor unit to start the process over again. This cycle continues until the set thermostat setting is reached.
There are negative consequences of not adequately matching your inside and outside units. Possible effects include:
- Loss of energy efficiency. The mismatched outdoor and indoor units won’t be able to work as a team.
- Poor cooling capabilities that affect home comfort. One side will always under-perform, reducing cooling capabilities.
- Increased cooling costs. One unit will always work harder than the other, using more electricity.
- Early failure of the new air conditioner. An increased workload can cause the system to malfunction.
If you need a new air conditioner because either the indoor or the outdoor unit has broken down or isn’t operating properly, the best course is to replace the entire system. Also, keep in mind that today’s air conditioners use a new, more environmentally benign refrigerant, which is incompatible with the R-22 refrigerant in older systems. .
Rely on a trusted professional to handle the installation and maintenance of your air conditioner. Please contact us at Cox Air Conditioning and Heating for expert advice on finding a matching system that’s ideally suited to your Tampa-Clearwater-St. Petersburg area home. We’ll then provide top-notch installation and maintenance.