Types of Air Conditioning System in Las Vegas

Posted by: tlarson
Feb 2017

Installing an HVAC System 

Installing an HVAC system in Las Vegas involves determining whether the unit is going to be roof-mounted or a split system. Roof-Mounted HVAC Roof-mounted systems have the heating and cooling systems in one cabinet. Sometimes called "Gas Packs" (if the heater uses natural gas), they typically cost less than a comparable split system. In Las Vegas, most homes originally had "swamp-coolers" installed. When replacing them with HVAC systems, it's often cheaper to use existing mounts and ducting. They are also often harder to install. A proper location on the roof must be selected that can support the weight of the unit. Then a platform must be built and a drain pipe for the unit must be run along the roof to avoid problems with mold and corrosion. A crane must be used to lift the unit onto the roof while a team guides it into place and hooks it up.

Split HVAC System

Split systems in Las Vegas, NV are generally more efficient because the heat exchanger can be put in a shadier or cooler location instead of on the roof in full sunlight. All that is needed for the condenser is a concrete or plastic platform in the right spot. Installing a split system may involve making modifications to the home itself for the necessary lines to be run. The indoor coils are also more prone to picking up debris and must be cleaned on a regular basis. Changing your air filter on a regular basiswith help eliminte the debris. While they come with protective screens over the fan, care must still be taken to ensure that nothing gets in, especially in a home with children.

Unit Size 

Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to HVAC systems in Las Vegas, NV, and smaller isn't always more efficient. If you have too small of a system, your system will be running constantly as it tries to keep up with the temperature. If you have too large of a system, it won't run long enough to keep up with the humidity. In order to handle both temperature and humidity efficiently, an HVAC system should run for around 30 minutes at a time. If your system is staying on too long or shutting off after only around 10 minutes, you are not getting efficient performance. A little simple math can help determine the size system you need. A rule of thumb is 20 BTUs per square foot. So, a 500 square foot room would need 10,000 BTUs to cool or warm it efficiently. This assumes that you live in a temperate region and have adequate insulation with no energy loss. In the real world, all units have some degree of energy loss. This is reflected in an HVAC system's SEER rating for cooling and AFUE rating for heating. The miniuim SEER the EPA says the manufacture can make is 14 SEER. We have unit's to go up to 25 SEER however the intial investment is much more, but the savings you receive make it worth it to some clients.


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