Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps
Your Local Cooling Experts
Comfort Doctor Heating and Cooling offers the broadest array of air conditioning in Santa Fe, NM. Air conditioning adds a whole new element to your comfort during those hot summer days. Today's air conditioners are more comfortable and efficient than ever. We can get you up and running with air conditioning right away.
Central air conditioners are split systems: an outdoor unit (the condensing unit) and an indoor unit (air handler). The function of an air conditioner is to transport heat from inside the house to outside. The vehicle your system uses to carry the heat is called a refrigerant, commonly referred to as Freon.
The compressor in your outdoor unit changes the refrigerant (or "Freon") 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 your house or place of business. 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.
Trane Heat Pumps
Don't let the name fool you. These units pull from the ground or outside air temperature to both heat and cool your home to perfection. A reliable, efficient choice in Southern states.
Technically, a heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled space. Installation for this type of system typically consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit similar to a central air conditioner, but referred to as a heat pump.
A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.
Think of a heat pump as a heat transporter constantly moving warm air from one place to another, to where its needed or not needed, depending on the season. Even in air that's seems too cold, heat energy is present. When it's cold outside a heat pump extracts this outside heat and transfers it inside. When it's warm outside, it reverses directions and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home.
Common Cooling Problems
- Air conditioner is not working properly or turning on
- Certain rooms or offices are too hot or too cold
- The air from the air conditioning unit smells funny
- Strange noises are coming from the air conditioner
- The crawl space of my house is too hot or too cold
- The thermostat is not working properly
- Air is not circulating properly
- The air conditioner pipes are freezing
- No air or minimal air flow from vents or certain rooms
Energy Bill Savings Tips
Ensure your heating system is warming your home at optimum levels when you want it. Here's how you can save:
- Routine system inspections
- Sealing of vents and duct work
- Proper duct, window, vent and home insulation
- Adjustment of gas pressure
- Routine cleaning and servicing of HVAC motor, exchangers and coils
- Implementation of zoning systems
- Maintaining a clean blower