Benefits of Ductless AC Systems

When it comes to HVAC, most property owners know that their homes or business need a) a furnace and b) an air conditioner. Of course to find the right unit for your needs you need to evaluate the size, brand, and budget to name a few. What many home and business owners might not be aware of is that the standard furnace or the traditional AC system are not your only options. Aside from equipment such as a boiler or a geothermal heat pump one of the most popular forms of alternative cooling is the ductless AC system.

A ductless AC very much resembles the central air conditioner that most people might be familiar with. On the exterior of your property is the compressor and condenser which processes the warm air that is removed from a room. Also, on the interior is an air handling unit (evaporator and fan) where the cool air is created and delivered. What’s really different is the path that the air takes to get from one place to another. Conventional AC units have a duct system that has many flaws. In the ductless version, a conduit houses the power cable, condenser drain, refrigerant, and suction tubing and travels to each room in a much less invasive manner.

Benefit #1 – No Ducts!

If you’ve got a whole house or commercial property that needs to be cooled, ducts do their job to get that air delivered to where it needs to go. That being said there are numerous opportunities for ducts to lose heat as connections and seams become loose or crack and holes develop in the sheet metal. The ductwork is also very loud as air is forced through it. Finally, ducts can harbor dirt and debris that gets kicked up and distributed throughout the home every time the AC turns on.

With a ductless system, the processed air comes directly from the indoor air handler unit. Everything that is needed to communicate between the outdoor compressor and the indoor evaporator is transported via the conduit that is just 3” in diameter. This creates a quieter, more efficient, AC system that distributes less dirt. Plus you don’t want all the bulky duct work taking up space.

Benefit #2 – Convenience

If you were to run a traditional AC into any additional rooms in the house, it would involve tapping into the existing ductwork and creating another path. This simply isn’t feasible because your air conditioner is sized for the specific square footage of your home. Adding more space to cool will have a central air conditioner cycling nearly non-stop thus driving up utility bills and lowering lifespan.

This is the main reason why ductless ACs are so popular. If customers want to add on to their home or finish a garage or basement they can do so without disrupting the existing HVAC system. You can also use a ductless AC as a secondary cooling device to ease the pressure of your current air conditioner during peak times. Running the conduit of a ductless system to a living room or kitchen where most of the family time is spent allows you to turn down your ‘main’ air conditioner’s thermostat.

Benefit #3 – Energy Efficiency and Multi-Zone Cooling

Ductless systems are energy efficient almost because of all their benefits. Not having ducts, for example, prevents energy loss through leaks. The reason you can run a ductless AC in your living room and turn down the thermostat on your ‘whole house’ unit is because of multi-zone cooling. Basically what this means is that up to four different air handlers can run off each outdoor condenser. Each of these air handlers is in a separate room and they all have individual separate temperature controls. Therefore if you’re not in a room, you can turn off the air handler to that area. With most conventional central air systems, one thermostat controls the temperature for the entire home whether rooms are occupied or not.

This is just scratching the surface of a ductless AC systems benefits and potential. Please contact us if you’d like to learn more information about these wonderful home appliances.

The Importance of Maintaining Your AC Unit

Modern AC units are being built to last longer while running more efficient. That being said, manufacturers can only do so much – same for the installers. Home and business owners have a responsibility when they have a new air conditioner installed and that requires scheduled maintenance.

To be honest there’s really no reason not to have your AC maintained on an annual basis. Sure it is an overhead, but at the same time, you recoup that investment in lower utility bills, a more comfortable home, and a longer last HVAC system. Here is what can happen – and why – when you slack on maintaining your AC unit:

#1 You May Lose Your Warranty

Maintaining an air conditioner isn’t just recommended for premium performance, many manufacturers actually require it as part of their warranty agreement. It makes sense, why should manufacturers be liable for problems that occur prior within a warranty period if the unit is allowed to build up dust, operate with chewed belts, function with a condensing drain not being cleaned, etc.? An air conditioner warranty is a two-fold agreement – 1) the manufacturer will supply quality parts and stand by their workmanship if 2) the homeowner agrees to regularly have the unit cleaned, air filters changed, and so on.

#2 You’ll Pay Higher Energy Bills

If you think that lack of AC maintenance driving up utility bills is hyperbole, just look at the process. Air travels through a clean filter much easier than one caked in debris, right? The air conditioner will also continually try to meet the demands of the thermostat regardless of the condition of the filter. If your blower has to work harder to force air through a clogged filter, it’s going to cycle longer which will obviously increase your utility costs. This is true for components besides the filter, too as maintenance includes cleaning ducts and airways as well as inspecting the air flow of blowers and blades.

#3 Your Repair Costs Will Go Up and Your AC Will Die Off Faster

One of the most important aspects of air conditioning maintenance is a thorough inspection and lubrication of all the system’s moving parts. When belts are allowed to operate while worn or debris builds up in the bearings of the fan blade, it means other components must overcompensate and start to wear down faster themselves. In this manner, maintenance is a preventative measure that catches ‘issues’ before they become ‘catastrophes.’ Even more along those lines, blocked up drain plugs and condensation lines can lead to water damage or at the very least mold growth and a musty smelling utility room.

#4 Your House Won’t Be As Comfortable

You WANT your AC to be working on optimum levels not just to avoid financial repercussion, but so that your home is comfortable. Most people are aware that an AC that has failed to be maintained will not cool a property as good as it should. More than that though, the unit’s job is to condition the air in your home or business. A full and complete AC cycle works to remove the moisture and humidity from the air. If your AC isn’t working properly it either short cycles which leaves you with an uncomfortably humid house or it long cycles which drives up utility bills.

When it comes to contracting AC maintenance, failure to do so could cost you dollars at a time or it could cost you hundreds (or thousands) if you need repairs but your warranty is voided. We tell our clients that the other option of a comfortable home, lower utility bills, and much longer lasting system are the more desirable route to take.

Be sure to contact us for AC maintenance!

HVAC Systems for Eco-Friendly People

Here at Bruni & Campisi, we think it’s great when folks take an interest in adopting a more eco-conscious lifestyle. That’s why we’re more than happy to promote green HVAC options for your home or business facility. Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems serve a dual purpose — they can simultaneously preserve precious natural resources while helping you save money on your utility bills.

Let’s take a look at some environmentally friendly HVAC system arrangements to learn about how you can promote more energy-efficient practices in your building.

Eco-Friendly Heating and Cooling Units

One way to begin to engage in eco-friendly heating and cooling practices in your home or business facility is to procure and install a green heating and air conditioning unit. Look for air conditioners with an EnergyStar rating and a high SEER — Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio — mark. SEER is calculated by dividing BTU — British Thermal Units, which measures a machine’s ability to remove hot air from a space — by wattage, or how much power your air conditioner needs to perform this action.

It isn’t necessary to purchase a machine with the highest SEER available. Simply find an air conditioner with a higher SEER than the unit you have been using, and you’ll realize quite a bit of cost savings over the course of a year.

Other Heating and Cooling Tips

There are a few other ways you can keep your system running efficiently that don’t involve making huge investments of time, money or energy. First, you should check your HVAC system’s filters every few months to ensure they’re clean and not restricting air flow. A clogged air filter can cause your HVAC system to work harder, requiring more power to navigate air through it.

The next thing you can do is to have your duct work inspected for any gaps or air leaks. Like a clogged air filter, a leaky HVAC system will need to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature, driving up your utility bills and possibly reducing the life of your HVAC system’s components.

Finally, you can inspect your building’s windows and doors to look for spots that air might escape from. If it isn’t financially feasible to replace your outdated doors and windows, you can use weather stripping and caulk to plug up areas where air might be getting out.

Bruni & Campisi: Your HVAC Energy Efficiency Experts

If you’re looking to upgrade your Westchester, NY, Stamford, CT or Greenwich, CT-area home or business with eco-friendly equipment, contact us here at Bruni & Campisi today for a free estimate. Our friendly, knowledgeable team has provided expert craftsmanship and outstanding customer care to the area for nearly 40 years.

We offer a wide range of plumbing, HVAC installation, HVAC repair and HVAC replacement services for you to choose from. We will be happy to work with you to determine a cooling and heating system solution that is both eco-friendly and cost effective. Trust the team of professionals at Bruni & Campisi to get the job done for your home or business.

Tips for Handling a Heating or Cooling Emergency

Have you ever had to deal with your heat not working during the winter? Have you had to experience what happens when your AC breaks during the summer?

Here at Bruni & Campisi, we understand the frustration you feel when your HVAC has stopped working. In addition to causing discomfort for you, your family, your staff and your clients, these scenarios can have dangerous consequences.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take when your heating or cooling goes out to reduce risks and maintain a manageable environment. Let’s take a look at a few ideas for what to do when your HVAC stops working.

If It’s Too Cold…

If your electric heating fails because of a damaged or malfunctioning component in your HVAC system, the first thing you can do is utilize an electric space heater if one is available to provide temporary heat to a small interior area.

Should your heating system fail on a cold winter day due to a power outage, however, you can start by adding layers to your clothing, just as you would if you were walking outside. Move around as much as you can — if you don’t, you’ll start shivering anyhow.

If your home is equipped with a wood-burning stove, you’ll want to keep a small supply of dry, cut wood around through the winter season. Make sure your chimney has been cleaned by a professional before using it. If it’s been a while since your last chimney sweep, you may not want to use it.

To keep your pipes from freezing, you can first open your faucet just enough to start a drip. This will keep water flowing through your plumbing system and prevent it from icing up.

If It’s Too Hot…

If your HVAC system fails but your electricity still works, a window AC, portable air conditioner or fan can help keep your space cool until repairs can be completed.

If, however, your neighborhood is experiencing a power outage, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the heat inside your home. First, grab a towel and sop it up in a bucket of cold water. Wring it to rid of it excess water, then place it on your forehead to cool down. Spend time in the lowest room of your home — heat will rise and collect in its uppermost floor. Drink plenty of cool liquids. Staying hydrated is important on a hot day.

Bruni & Campisi: Your New York Metropolitan Area HVAC Repair Professionals

If you’re in Greenwich, CT, Stamford, CT, Westchester, NY or the surrounding area and find yourself asking the question, “Why is my HVAC not working?” contact us here at Bruni & Campisi. We provide emergency heating and cooling system repairs and can work with you to maintain your HVAC system’s components to prevent future breakdowns.

Since 1979, we’ve committed to providing our clients with outstanding craftsmanship and caring customer service. Our friendly, knowledgeable team will have your HVAC back up and running in optimal condition.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Making Noise but Not Blowing Any Air?

As with other members of the mechanical family, air conditioners are subject to wear, tear and breakdown. If your air conditioner is making a loud buzzing noise, or if it’s powered on but no air is coming out of the air conditioning unit, you likely have a few questions you’ll want answered. As we progress through the remaining weeks of summer, you’ll want to have a functional cooling system to keep your family, pets, guests, staff and clients cool and comfortable.

We here at Bruni & Campisi have seen a lot of different kinds of air conditioner failure in our 38 years in business, and we’d like to talk about a few common causes of air conditioner failure you can look for in your cooling system.

Typical AC Failure Symptoms

If your air conditioner makes weird noises, there’s a chance you may have received the first clue as to what’s gone wrong with your system. A loud buzzing noise can be the result of a compressor that is not working properly or has damaged seating components, leaky refrigerant or a loose part. A rattle can be a sign that your unit may have become clogged with a foreign object like a leaf or stick.

If instead a clanking noise is what you hear, loose parts are a likely culprit. A banging noise can point to this, but is likely related to a damaged component within your compressor. Squealing, everyone’s favorite annoying noise, can indicate a bad blower motor, though you’ll want to ensure this is an unusual occurrence specific to your unit.

Screaming —  what we at Bruni & Campisi like to call “extreme squealing” — is something to be very concerned about, as this can point to serious issues like a refrigerant leak or exceptionally high pressure in the compressor.

You may wonder why your AC is humming but no air is blowing from the vents in your house. If the AC unit is running, but there is no air through the vents, you are likely dealing with a fan capacitor that has reached the end of its life. Fan capacitors help get your HVAC system’s outdoor and indoor fan motors blowing and your compressor running.

Additionally, if you notice your AC emitting strange, foul odors, it’s time to call a professional to help you figure out what’s going on.

Bruni & Campisi: Your New York Metropolitan Area AC Repair & Replacement Experts

Is your air conditioning unit clanking, banging, squealing, screaming or humming without pumping out any cold air? Don’t sweat it — trust Bruni & Campisi to get it running again.

With nearly 40 years of experience diagnosing, repairing and replacing air conditioning systems, Bruni & Campisi — headquartered in Elmsford, NY — is your go-to source for all AC needs. If you’re a home or business owner located in Westchester County, NY, Greenwich, CT, Stamford, CT or the surrounding area, we can help. Contact us today for a free estimate and a friendly, knowledgeable member of our team will be in touch.

Energy-Efficient Air Conditioning: It’s Possible!

Summertime can bring extreme heat and make it tough to keep your home or business cool! If you’re concerned about the increase you’ll experience in utility costs or worried about the impact you’ll have on the environment by running your air conditioner, know that energy-saving air conditioning units and efficiency-increasing techniques are out there, ready to help you save money and prevent excessive environmental erosion.

Let’s take a look at some of these green air conditioning units and efficiency tips to learn more about the benefits they can provide for your home or business this summer.

Eco-Friendly & Cost-Saving Air Conditioning Units: The Basics

Purchasing a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner is one way to achieve the cost savings you’re looking for. Seeking out a unit with an EnergyStar rating is a smart, easy way to achieve this, as is looking for a unit with a high SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is calculated by dividing BTU — British Thermal Units, a measure of air conditioning efficiency that represents the amount of heat that can be removed from a space in an hour — by the wattage required to generate the energy. High SEER numbers, therefore, correlate with increased energy efficiency.

Note that you don’t need to run out and buy a unit with the highest SEER number out there — while that can be one way to save money in the long term, simply buying an air conditioner with a higher SEER than your old unit can help you save a good deal of money every year on utility bills.

Other Ways to Help Reduce Your Cooling Bills

There are other ways to improve your building’s energy efficiency that can be paired with purchasing a new unit or used as an alternative to buying a unit. One of the most common and effective methods is to look for and plug air leaks throughout your structure or HVAC system. These leaks can reduce efficiency and make your compressor work harder to maintain a consistent temperature.

Check your home’s insulation to see if it is sufficient and utilizes up-to-date materials. You can also check in and around your windows, as these areas are often prime suspects for air leakage. If replacing your windows for more energy-efficient alternatives is impractical or cost-prohibitive, consider installing weather stripping or caulking up gaps to help keep cool air from escaping.

Bruni & Campisi: Your HVAC & Air Conditioning Experts

If you’re a home or business owner in Westchester, NY, Greenwich, CT, Stamford, CT or the surrounding areas interested in getting cost-efficient air-conditioning units or plugging leaks in your HVAC system, contact us for a free estimate here at Bruni & Campisi. We offer a wide range of air conditioning installation, repair and replacement services.

Avail yourself of a team of experts that have provided satisfied clients throughout the New York metropolitan area with quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service for nearly 40 years — trust Bruni & Campisi to get the job done.