3. Central Air Conditioning
5. Gas Fireplaces & Inserts
6. Gas Log Sets
7. Water Heaters
Furnaces create heat by burning fuel (gas, oil, or propane). When the fuel burns, it generates hot gasses which travel through curved metal tubing called a heat exchanger. As air passes over the heat exchanger, it absorbs heat from the hot metal surface. The heated air is then circulated through ducts to warm your home or place of business. Meanwhile, the gasses that are created by the burning fuel are released outside through a vent pipe.
Standard furnaces range anywhere from eighty to ninety- five percent efficient. An upgrade to any furnace is the two-stage option. Two stage furnaces have the ability to act like two furnaces in one. Once the thermostat calls for heat the furnace will kick on at a lower heat rate for a set period of time, if the furnace does not meet the demand for heat within that time, it will automatically kick into high fire until the heat demand is meet. This helps on mild days when heat is needed but not a large amount saving you money. Also available is the ability to have a variable speed furnace. These furnaces use a dc voltage blower motor which uses much less electric to run. A dc voltage motor can be compared to running a seventy-five watt light bulb; they are capable of running twenty-four hours a day, allowing you to filter your air non-stop.
Affordable Heating and A/C has the distinct honor of being a Lennox dealer. Lennox owns multiple HVAC companies including Ducane. An advantage to installing either a Lennox or Ducane heating and cooling system in your home is their warranty.
All Lennox and Ducane systems come standard with a five-year parts warranty; this warranty can be extended to ten-years upon online registration at no additional cost. Also as part of your warranty, Affordable offers a one-year labor warranty on their workmanship. This warranty can also be extended to ten-years providing an annual preventative maintenance is performed by us.
Boilers heat by raising the temperature of water in baseboard throughout the home, or by heating water to produce steam to radiators located throughout the home. Affordable offers a wide variety of boilers to meet your heating needs. Whether you heat with oil or gas, Affordable can match a Lennox, Utica, or Dunkirk system to your heating needs.
Central Air Conditioning
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Air conditioning is the conditioning of air within a defined space. Conditioning usually involves heating or cooling, humidifying or dehumidifying, and filtering or cleaning air. If you have a central air conditioner, your system cools and dehumidifies the defined space. Heating is accomplished by a separate unit, such as a furnace.
How Air Conditioners Cool the Air
Central air conditioners are made up of: an outdoor unit (the condensing unit) and an indoor unit (air handler). The function of an air conditioner is to transport heat from one station to another. The vehicle your system uses to carry the heat is called a refrigerant.
The compressor in your outdoor unit changes the refrigerant into a high temperature, high pressure gas. As that gas flows through the outdoor coil, it loses heat and condenses into a high temperature, high pressure liquid. This liquid refrigerant travels through copper tubing into the evaporator coil. There the refrigerant expands. Its sudden expansion turns the refrigerant into a low temperature, low pressure gas. This gas then absorbs heat from the air circulating in the duct work. The cooled air is then distributed back through the defined space. Meanwhile, the heat absorbed by the refrigerant is carried back outside through copper tubing and released into the outside air.
Dirty coils and improper refrigerant levels can cause your system to cool less efficiently than it should. An inefficient system means higher energy bills. It also forces your compressor to work harder than is necessary and can actually shorten the life span of your unit. An annual air conditioning inspection by an experienced technician includes an inspection of the coils and the checking of your refrigerant charge, to insure that your system is running efficiently.
How Your Air Conditioner Dehumidifies the Air
As the warm air circulating through your ducts passes over the evaporator coil, it is quickly cooled and can no longer hold as much moisture as it did at a higher temperature. The excess moisture condenses on the outside of the coils and is carried away through a drain.
Occasionally, the drain lines may become clogged and your system will not drain properly. This can result in a drain pan overflow, leading to water leaks in your ceiling or walls. An annual air conditioning inspection by an experienced technician should include an inspection of your drain lines...
Split systems are ideal for homes with boilers as they require no ductwork. As with a conventional central air systems, splits use a indoor coil & and outside condenser to operate. However unlike the conventional system that uses the furnaces blower and ductwork, the coil of split systems is located in one room and the air is distributed from the indoor coil unit.
Gas Fireplaces & Inserts
Zero Clearance/Insert or Freestanding Stove???
When considering the purchase of a gas fireplace for your home, it is important to first understand the difference between each type of unit.
Zero Clearance fireplaces are designed to be put against an exterior wall where nothing currently existing and build a mantel around.
Fireplace inserts are designed to go into existing wood burning fireplaces. These inserts sit into the opening of the existing fireplace and use a decorative surround to cover the gap between the edge of the insert and the beginning of the existing opening. They use the chimney as a chase to enclose two flexible liners, one for exhaust flue gases and one for the combustion air.
Freestanding stoves are just what they sound like, a freestanding unit that can go on any exterior wall and do not require and construction of a mantel or surround.
Affordable offers three different lines of gas fireplaces to handle each customer’s needs. One of the advantages to having a fireplace is the ability of the unit to run without power (excluding blower) which makes them not only a esthetic focal point of any room, but also a great secondary heat source. Each brand is remote or thermostat capable, making it easy to turn on or off with the push of a button or the ability of having the room maintain a comfortable heat level.
Gas Log Sets
Gas log sets offer an economical alternative to a gas fireplace insert. Designed to put into your existing masonry fireplace log sets are a designed more for esthetics then for a heat source. Available in many different log types and sizes they are a easy way to dress up any fireplace. Affordable is proud to offer Peterson Logs which use a sand pan burner making them extremely realistic.
There are two main types of water heaters. A standard vent water heater, which vents directly into an existing chimney or a power vent water heater, which vents through PVC out the side of the home. Both are available in 30; 40 or 50 gallon tanks.
Also becoming more popular are tank less on demand water heater, which give you instant hot water without the need of a storage tank constantly heating the water.
Ask our sales rep for a information on the many accessories available to add-on onto your new purchase or enhance your existing equipment. We offer a wide variety of humidifiers; germicidal lights; media filters; thermostats and much more.