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Residential or commercial heating and cooling systems/replacement; custom design duct work on new homes; geothermal systems for new and existing homes. Learn more..

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Air Conditioning Repair

Broken heating systems can make home life miserable for the entire family. Our professional air conditioning technician will quickly trouble shoot your system and provide the right solution for you and your family.  Learn more..

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The right heating system for your home

Your central AC unit doesn’t have to quit on you entirely for you to know that it needs replacing. A good indicator that you should start thinking about replacing your existing unit is your electric bill. If it keeps going up and up and your usage habits haven’t changed, then it may be your old air conditioner. Older units, while still functioning, may be using far more electricity to do their job. Best to start now and become a wise consumer, as you will likely need a buy new unit soon.

First, wise consumers understand the four basic types of air handling systems and can then choose which one suits them best or at least know the basic lingo when talking with an AC salesperson. Never hurts to let them know you’ve done some research.

There are four basic types of central air conditioners ‒ split, heat pumps, combined or packaged units, and ductless mini-split systems.

Split units are a popular type in both residential and commercial applications. These units have a condenser on the outside of the building and an accompanying air handler inside the building, usually in attic space, but sometimes in hallways or other inconspicuous places. These units are either heat pumps or air-conditioner systems.

If the split unit has a heat pump, it will pump heat from the house in hot weather and in colder temperatures, will extract heat from the outdoors and use to help warm the house. Heat pumps are most effective in more moderate climates where temperatures do not dip below freezing for long periods of time. A more expensive alternative is a geo-thermal heat pump which draws heat from the ground and pumps it into the home. These units are costly when compared to standard heat pumps.

Packaged central air conditioners are all-in-one units that combine the condenser, evaporator, and compressor in one unit. The air conditioner is most often placed on a roof, especially in commercial buildings, or on a concrete slab

An evaporator coil inside the house removes heat and moisture from the air, while outside, the condenser unit is where a compressor pumps cold air into the ducts inside. 

When paired with a set of heating coils or a natural gas furnace, these units eliminate the need for a separate furnace, usually located outside the structure. 

Mini-splits or ductless systems are generally small units that heat or cool and heat. These are often a popular choice for small houses that do not have ductwork. Similar to the split system, the mini-split has an outdoor compressor and condenser and an inside air-handling unit. The units, with blowers, are installed high on a wall. The downside to this type of system is the need to install a separate unit in each room. The upside is that no walls need to be torn open to install ductwork. Owners of older homes, especially, prefer this type of system, although it can be costlier to operate than other types of systems.


For air conditioner repair in Philadelphia, contact the AC Contractor Referral Network at (215) 330-2267.

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