Air Conditioning FAQs – Central AC – Bend, Oregon

Air conditioning in Bend and throughout central Oregon is essential! We’re happy to help you understand the benefits of central air conditioning and how to go about making the right choice for you and your family. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about central air.

How do I choose the right air conditioner for my home?

The most important thing you can do is let a certified air conditioning contractor help you with this decision. They’ll take into consideration your unique home and set of circumstances. Most importantly, they should do it right the first time.

How do I hire the right air conditioning contractor?

Your first step is to work with a licensed dealer who will visit your home and perform a complete evaluation or “load calculation”. Doing this will allow the contractor to see the factors that affect gain and loss in your home.

Does it matter which AC manufacturer I choose?

We’ve chosen Carrier because of their quality and leading edge technology. Carrier was the first to use environmentally sound, efficient and high-performing Puron® refrigerant in a full line of air conditioning and heat pump systems.

What does sizing mean?

Sizing refers to matching the right air conditioner to your home. Many people think bigger will be better, but this is a big mistake. A bigger system will increase installation costs, waste energy and reduce comfort and moisture control.

Is it beneficial to select a high efficiency air conditioner?

Absolutely, a high efficiency air conditioner will provide a good return on your investment. Since it will save money every month on your utility bill. Also many high efficiency AC units have rebates and incentives to purchase. Carrier has a broad line of air conditioners to choose from.

What is ENERGY STAR® and is it important?

ENERGY STAR® is a government -backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR® label was established to reduce green-house gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy and make it easy for consumer to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort. Carrier has a full line up of high efficiency ENERGY STAR air conditioners.

What does SEER stand for?

SEER is an abbreviation for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating and is a measure of how efficient a unit operates. Most importantly, the higher the number the more efficient the air conditioner will run.

Does my air conditioner require maintenance?

Yes, a regular maintenance of your air conditioning system is essential. In addition, maintenance will help extend the life of the equipment and help your system run at peak performance. Most noteworthy, Bend Heating & Sheet Metal can service any HVAC need.

Does a newly installed air conditioner come with warranty?

It depends on your heating and cooling contractor. At Bend Heating & Sheet Metal, all of our air conditioning units come with a minimum one year warranty. We can’t speak for everyone, but HVAC contractors should offer warranty on new purchases because there expensive. We understand it’s an investment and we’re always here to service you as a loyal customer.

How can I increase my home’s air conditioning efficiency?

In order to increase your homes air conditioning efficiency, you must first decide on a licensed heating and cooling contractor to inspect your home and help determine what type of system is best for you. Most importantly, it’s hard to trust a salesman who hasn’t seen your home. Almost always get a few expert opinions on your home before making a decision. Above all, don’t rush this decision because it’s a big investment!

Bend Heating provides central air conditioning to residents in Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, Sisters, LaPine, and all of Central Oregon. If you don’t see your question or answer here, give us a call and we’ll help you out. Call today: 541-382-1231