Systems

If your system is older, you may be able to cut your energy bills and your system's pollution output with a new, energy-efficient air conditioning and heating system. There are many options available to choose from so you should work with a professional to determine the right type of system for your home.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Ductless Mini-Split

Ductless heating and cooling systems can be a good choice for room additions where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible, and for older homes without air ducts.

A ductless HVAC system operates like a conventional heat pump. The difference is that instead of a single indoor unit distributing heated or cooled air through ductwork, a ductless mini-split system has multiple small units serving individual rooms or zones.

The main advantages of mini-splits are their small size and flexibility for heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have up to four indoor air-handling units connected to one outdoor unit. Each zone has its own thermostat, so you can condition each space individually, potentially saving energy and money. The biggest disadvantage of ductless mini-split systems is their cost, which can be about 30% more than central systems and may cost twice as much as window units of similar capacity.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Geothermal

These units use the constant temperature of the earth as the exchange medium instead of the outside air temperature. Since the ground temperature is warmer than the air above it during the winter, and cooler than the air in the summer, geothermal heat pumps exchange heat with the earth to heat and cool your home, providing a geothermal air conditioning and heating system.

Compared to air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps are more efficient, quieter, last longer, need little maintenance, and do not depend on the temperature of the outside air.

Even though the installation price of a geothermal system can be several times that of an air-source system of the same heating and cooling capacity, the additional costs are returned to you in energy savings in 5–10 years. Note that the installation of a geothermal air conditioning and heating system depends on the size of your lot, your subsoil and your landscape.

Another option, a dual-source heat pump, combines a standard air-source heat pump with a geothermal heat pump. These appliances combine the best of both systems. Dual-source heat pumps have higher efficiency ratings than air-source units, but are not as efficient as geothermal units. The main advantage of dual-source systems is that they cost much less to install than a single geothermal unit, and work almost as well.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Evaporative (Swamp) Coolers

If you live in a hot, dry climate, you probably know about evaporative air coolers, also called swamp coolers. They provide natural and energy-efficient cooling by passing cool outdoor air over water-saturated pads, causing the water to evaporate into it. This 15° to 40°F-cooler air is then directed into the home, and pushes warmer air out through windows.

When operating evaporative coolers, windows are opened part way to allow warm indoor air to escape as it is replaced by cooled air. Unlike central air conditioning systems that recirculate the same air, evaporative air coolers provide a steady stream of fresh air into the house.

Evaporative coolers cost about one-half as much to install as central air conditioners and use about one-quarter as much energy. However, they require more frequent maintenance than refrigerated air conditioners and they're suitable only for areas with low humidity.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Zone

Zone heating and cooling systems allow you to control the temperature in each part of the home. Zoning can be accomplished in different ways by installing multiple comfort systems to heat and cool different parts of the home. For example, you could add supplemental heating sources such as space heaters or gas fireplaces.

Another option is to use a single furnace with mechanical zone dampers installed in the ductwork to direct the airflow only to where it’s needed.

If done properly, zone heating and cooling systems can help save on energy costs because it’s operating only to boost or lower the temperature in areas where needed. But as with any heating and/or cooling system, the key to achieving maximum energy efficiency and comfort is professional system design and proper installation.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Radiant

Radiant systems that employ floor tubing can be used to cool a house, but presently they are only appropriate for dry climates. The cool floor can be used to supplement or replace standard ducted air systems. However, in humid climates, problems with over-cooling the floor could lead to wet slippery surfaces and mold growth.

Radiant cooling technology is still in the experimental stages in most areas, but is rapidly gaining popularity in Europe where cooling needs are generally small.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.