Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Whole House, Mobile Home & Commercial Air Conditioners

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Q: How is central air conditioning different from room air conditioners?
A: Central air conditioning cools your entire home or business, usually using the same duct work as your furnace uses to heat the space. It ensures the that entire structure is at a comfortable temperature and humidity, regardless of the outside weather. Room conditioners are designed to cool just one room, most commonly used in bedrooms for comfortable sleeping. Room air conditioners also take up valuable window space, are heavy to move in and out each year, and reduce the overall security of your home or business. Central air conditioning eliminates all of those problems.

Q: Isn't central air conditioning really expensive to operate?
A: High-efficiency central air systems may, in fact, cost less to operate than several room air conditioners. If you are cooling 2 or more rooms in your home or business, we suggest you have a Rinker Oil Corporation HVAC specialist do an analysis of your situation. We will consider the size of the building, your existing ductwork, and other factors, and provide you with information on operating costs so that you can decide whether to install central air.

Q: What is ductless air conditioning I've heard about?
A: A ductless air conditioning system, also called a mini-split system, is an alternative way to cool parts of your home or business. These systems have two main components: an outdoor unit that contains the compressor and condenser, and an indoor unit that delivers cool air. In general, ductless air conditioning is better for cooling one or two rooms than an entire home or business. They are much more efficient, as well as quieter and more secure, than room air conditioners.

Q: I have a furnace and ductwork. Can I have central air conditioning installed?
A: Yes. A Rinker HVAC specialist will analyze your situation and discuss options with you. Depending on the size and type of your ductwork, we may need to install some additional ducts to accommodate the demands of the air conditioning system.

Q: I have a boiler. Can I have central air conditioning?
A: Yes. A ductless system is likely the best alternative for you, with your cooling zones similar to your heating zones. Again, a Rinker Oil Corporation HVAC technician will examine the specifics of your home or business and make recommendations for an efficient cooling system.

Q: Does my central air conditioning system need regular maintenance?
A: Yes. Just like your heating system, your air conditioning system needs annual maintenance to make sure it is running smoothly and efficiently. Rinker Oil's service technicians can provide this, just as they do for your heating system.

Q: My air conditioning system doesn't seem to put out as much cold air as it used to. Do I need to replace it?
A: Today's best air conditioners use 30%–50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the 1970s. It may therefore be cost-effective to replace your system, with savings on your annual cooling costs recouping purchase and installation costs in just a few years. You may also qualify for some government incentive programs that offer tax savings.

Q: Is my central air conditioning system covered by my service plan?
A: Although central air isn't part of our regular service plans, you can purchase a service plan specifically for your central air system.

Have we answered all your questions about air conditioners? If so, we hope you'll become a Rinker Oil Corp. customer. If not, please contact us or call us (585-968-3330) with any other questions you have.

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