The Lyme Firehouse used window air conditioners to keep cool during the hot summer weather. However, the Firehouse noticed that these systems did not provide the level of comfort that they wanted. Also, window air conditioners are noisy and come with high energy costs.
After enduring an inadequate level of comfort and astronomical energy bills, the Lyme Firehouse decided to give Wilcox Energy a call.
They wanted to know what options they could use in place of the window air conditioning units. Wilcox Energy recommended a Trane air conditioner installation for the Lyme Firehouse.
Problem: The Lyme Firehouse felt uncomfortable due to the poor performance of their window air conditioning units. Also, they wanted to reduce their high energy costs.
Solution: Wilcox Energy installed a Trane XR13 air conditioner and the necessary ductwork.
Trane XR13 Air Conditioner
The Lyme Firehouse needed a better way to keep cool during the hot weather. Their old window air conditioners were loud and created the traditional list of issues that come with the use of a window air conditioner. After consulting with the technician from Wilcox Energy, they decided that it would be more advantageous to replace their old window AC units.
At Wilcox Energy, we highly recommend Trane heating and cooling equipment. Trane is a leading provider of quality air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, and more. These systems are energy-efficient and provide a high level of comfort. For these reasons, we recommended the Trane XR13 air conditioner for the Lyme Firehouse.
The XR13 offers many benefits. This particular model is efficient and economical. It has an integrated fan system that enhances its performance and improves the airflow in a home or office setting. With the added compressor sound insulators, the XR13 is extremely quiet. It also has baked on powder paint finish that prevents rust and corrosion, making it virtually indestructible. Other essential features of this Trane air conditioner includes:
- 14.50 SEER Rating
- 10-year warranty for parts
- Single-stage compressor
- WeatherGuard™ II Top
- Climatuff® Variable Speed Compressor
- Exclusive All-Aluminum Spine Fin™ Woven Coil
- DuraTuff™ Rustproof Basepan
- WeatherGuard™ Zinc-Coated Fasteners
Central air conditioners generally take a few days to install. In this particular situation, we needed to add ducts since the Lyme Firehouse did not have any. We also installed a Diversitech 5″ High Rise Drain Pan and a condenser pad. The ductwork system that we installed is fully insulated and they are sealed and tested by Aeroseal of CT. Taking this extra step to ensure that the ducts are sealed ensure high efficiency and a long lifespan. Many HVAC companies will tape the ductwork to save costs. Wilcox Energy has it professionally sealed. This guarantees the system for 20 years. With the Trane XR13 in place, the Lyme Firehouse will now save an astronomical amount in energy costs.
Inconveniences Of A Window AC
Window ACs may seem appealing at first because of their relatively low initial cost. However, you’ll end up paying so much more in the long run. Window air conditioners are less energy efficient than other types of A/C. This situation means that you’ll be paying high energy utility bills every month. Aside from this inconvenience, listed below are other problems a window AC can bring to your home.
A window air conditioner is installed in a window opening. Not only is this visually unappealing, but it also provides an entry point for thieves. It does not require much effort for a thief to remove your windowless AC and gain access to your home. A central air system does not need to be mounted in an open window. Instead, it circulates air through a system of supply and return ducts. With that being the case, installing a central air system eliminates this security risk.
Obstruction Of Natural Light
Window A/Cs obstruct the natural light from your window. Unless there are other windows in the room, window ACs prevent you from enjoying the natural light to stream in and even substantially darkens your room. Also, you will need to remove your window AC unit when the weather starts to turn cold. A central AC system eliminates the need to remove and store your AC from one season to the next.
Window AC units do not provide your home with the optimum thermal comfort you deserve. Often, this type of cooling system is so ineffective that they leave you feeling hot and sticky rather than cool and comfortable. Moreover, a window air conditioner is capable of cooling only one room. You will end up feeling the scorching summer heat in some areas in your home unless you install a window A/C in every room.
Window A/Cs also create an environment that encourages mold growth. As these systems do not have a sophisticated filtration system, window ACs let these pollutants into your home. Mold does not only damage your home but may cause illnesses such as severe asthma and skin irritations.
Upgrading to a central air conditioning system eliminates these issues. A central air conditioning system lets you set different temperatures in the various zones of your home so that you can enjoy cool air in your entire home.
Window air conditioning units are quite loud. The noise is something you have to put up with on a regular basis if you have a window unit in your home. Central air conditioners, on the other hand, are equipped with compressor sound insulators that reduce the operating sound.
Wilcox Energy offers affordable and trusted HVAC services throughout the southern Connecticut shoreline. If you need an air conditioner replacement, a furnace tune-up, or any other type of heating and cooling service, be sure to give us a call. We offer free estimates and the best solutions.