denver-swamp-cooler-installation-repair-replacementWhat determines how much air flow I get to the rooms in my home?

Your duct-work system and furnace blower are the most important factors that affect air flow for both heating and air conditioning.

Duct work: Inadequate duct-work is an unfortunate but common problem for Colorado homeowners, especially in newer homes. As air moves through your duct system, friction between the air and the duct slows the airflow’s velocity. By the time air reaches your upper floors it has lost the necessary force to properly cool down a room. Also, small duct diameters restrict airflow, for much the same reason, for example, that it is difficult to drink a can of soda through a coffee straw. It is oftentimes impractical to overhaul your system’s duct-work because the majority of it is between your walls. However we can make a significant difference in your airflow by adjusting the exposed ducts in your basement.

Furnace Blower: Your furnace’s blower is what creates air movement through your ducts. It is important that the blower be powerful enough to push the cold air to your upper floors. More force is necessary to push cold air up through your ducts than warm air—adding to the difficulty of effectively cooling a second floor. While air conditioning can usually be added onto an existing furnace, keep in mind that a marginal or old furnace (15 years or older) may have lost substantial effectiveness or efficiency due to its age. Our licensed air conditioning technicians can give you a recommendation that will suit your needs.

How can I make sure that my new system will actually cool my home?

When it comes to heating and air conditioning, bigger is not always better. An oversized air conditioning system can freeze the coil due to overcooling. On the other hand, an undersized system will fail to cool your home on the hottest days when you need it most. Properly sizing the outdoor condenser, and air conditioning coil, is an essential step in ensuring that your home is cooled effectively. We determine the right-sized air conditioner for your home by performing a whole house heating and cooling analysis that conforms to the standards set out by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Additionally, it is important to do a survey of your home’s duct-work system. Your home’s duct-work is an important factor in the effectiveness of your entire air conditioning system. It is possible to cool your home at 12,000 Btu’s (1 Ton) for every 400 cubic feet per minute of the airflow that your duct-work can deliver. If too much cooling is applied to a small amount of airflow, then the air conditioning coil will freeze over, compromising the system’s capacity to move air past the ice above your furnace. Frozen air conditioning coils are a frequent problem in Colorado because so many homes have undersized duct-work. If the ducts in your home are inadequate for cooling we can make duct modifications to maximize your home’s cooling capacity. In rare cases a smaller condenser is needed in order to accommodate that particular duct system. Accordingly, we can make recommendations for how you can decrease the cooling load of your house. It is better to have the properly sized system for your individual home’s need rather than experience unexpected problems after the installation.

How can I know if the technician coming out to my home knows what he is doing?

Believe it or not there is no license requirement in the State of Colorado to be a heating or air conditioning installer! Unlike many of the appliances in your home, such as a washer or dryer, your heating and air conditioning requires a lot of assembly. Consumer reports have indicated, from equipment testing, that the most important factor on an air conditioning system’s longevity and performance is the competency the installers rather than the manufacturer of the equipment. All of Chaput Rootmaster’s air conditioning installers are N.A.T.E. (North American Technician Excellence) certified, the highest industry designation that an HVAC installer can acheive. N.A.T.E certification is endorsed by every major manufacturer, yet less than 10% of technicians nationwide are N.A.T.E. certified.

What will the outdoor unit look like in my yard?

Your new system will sit on the side of your house or in your back yard. Trane’s outdoor condensers are all manufactured with steel louvered panels that protect the coil inside and look very attractive on the outside. Here are representative examples of Trane’s two product lines:

Trane XLi Series:


Trane XR Series:


How much will it cost to run air conditioning?

The outdoor air temperature and the temperature setting on your actual thermostat both factor into your cooling bill. The following chart shows a clear presentation of the savings between higher and lower efficiency systems.


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