Frequently Asked Questions
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HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. We often use this phrase to refer to your whole heating and cooling system, which includes:
- Comfort systems, such as a furnace, heat pump, air conditioner or mini-split system
- Indoor air quality solutions, such as air filters, air filtration systems, germicidal UV lights, whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and ventilation
- Comfort controls, such as thermostats and home zoning systems
While there are differing types of HVAC units, they all run identically by:
- Heating or cooling air.
- Relying on a fresh air source outside or inside your home or business.
- Moving air through a filter to get rid of dirt and allergens.
- Sending air through a ducted system or immediately into a room, depending on the model of unit you rely on.
The S.E.E.R. (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is the amount of cooling your system will deliver per dollar spent on electricity. For example, a 3-ton unit may have a S.E.E.R. efficiency rating of 13, 14, or 15. The higher the S.E.E.R. the more efficient the system will be. The S.E.E.R. rating of any given unit can range anywhere from 13 to 17.
HVAC systems are sized according to their tonnage. One (1) ton equals 12,000 BTU/H. Residential systems can range from 1 to 5 tons.
There is no one size fits all because it depends on the size of your home and insuring your entire home will be comfortable. A one (1) ton air conditioning unit can cool anywhere from 500-800 square foot space or home. To make sure you have the right size, please contact us
Ductless systems are generally comprised of an outdoor portion (condenser) and indoor portion (air handler). These two components are connected by wiring and refrigerant lines to make the system function. See more
For each indoor air handler, there needs to be a relatively small (2.5”) wall penetration where the aforementioned refrigerant lines and wiring route from the exterior to the interior of the home. The penetration is sealed water tight, and covered by a decorative enclosure that looks similar to a gutter.
Anywhere from one to four (and everything in between) indoor air handlers can be connected to a single condensing unit, depending on the model used. This allows us to keep the exterior footprint minimal, while servicing multiple rooms (zones) on the interior of the home, each with their own unique set point for comfort. For homes that require several indoor units, sometimes it makes most sense from a cost or feasibility perspective to use more than one outdoor condensing unit.
Absolutely! Ductless systems have become a significant and reliable option for heating, even in our cold weather climate. We have several ductless systems providing efficient primary heat to residences and commercial spaces.
We always do our best to find cost savings for our customers. Always check our promotions page for the latest rebates. Call us or send us a text message (971) 801-2158
Yes, and then some. By selecting Comfort Solutions as your installer, our accreditation qualifies your system for an extended compressor and parts warranty! If you choose to have another firm install your system, you may be missing out on valuable warranty time.
Definitely not. Traditional electric heat (baseboards) is extremely inefficient since it is CREATING heat using electrical resistance. Heat pump inverter technology uses refrigerant to MOVE the heat instead of creating it.
Not necessarily. We offer a number of solutions, including floor-mounted, ceiling recessed, and ducted systems. Mix and match them together to create your perfect comfort control system.
These indoor and outdoor units are so quiet, that many times customers wonder if they are even on! We have a few installed at our Clackamas office location!