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Residential Air Conditioning Systems
Home Sweet Home
We live approximately two-thirds our lives in and around our homes. A man's home is his wife's castle - a simple truth I learned long ago. Our homes are safe havens from high-stress business and work environments, a center of entertainment -- valuable asset. Some of us transform our 'castles' from casual residences to art galleries and even into mini-museums. Irrespective to fun times away on vacation or travel abroad, "there is no place like home".
We want a healthy, comfortable indoor environment at the lowest possible cost. This is true whether your 'castle' is a modest structure or a mansion on a country estate. Stable temperature, just-right relative humidity, fresh odor and dust-free - these are the characteristics of the perfect indoor climate.
Prescription for Success
Key to a satisfactory air conditioning system is an alignment of numerous features:
Good News/Bad News
Any home can have near-perfect to perfect air conditioning when essential factors line up. Knowledgeable design and installation by skilled craftsmen are requisites to have this finished product. This is the good news.
Unfortunately, too many poorly designed, poorly installed residential air conditioning systems get into homes. It's almost impossible to go wrong with the "rule of thumb" method for small cottages, but all systems over 3-1/2 tons should be carefully designed. (Read more...)
Air-Cooled vs. Geothermal
Geothermal systems win "hands down", when there is adequate terrain for geothermal wells or, better, an adequate pond or lake nearby. My geothermal system has nothing visible outside - no condenser coils to clean, no noisy condensing unit, simply invisible underground piping. (Read more...)