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  • Home Cooling with Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps & Mini-Splits

    Home Cooling with Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps & Mini-Splits

    In some parts of the country home cooling can be considered a luxury, but not here in the Coachella Valley. With our triple-digit desert temperatures, air conditioning is nothing short of lifesaving technology. Put your comfort in the hands of the General and his troops. We can provide the best home-cooling products on the market to keep you comfortable no matter what the mercury reads outside.

    General Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers a complete list of air conditioning & heating products & services:

     

    The General features the full line of central air conditioners by Lennox, one of the most trusted names in the HVAC industry. The General also carries rooftop AC units by Lennox, which, in some situations, can be more convenient than a traditional compressor sitting on the ground in your backyard.

    Another type of central system is a heat pump.

    It can supply cooling and heating in a single unit. There have been great advances in the last few years, making heat pumps much more efficient and effective when it comes to maintaining home comfort year-round.

     

    What you may not be as familiar with is something called a ductless mini-split heat pump.


    It uses the same heat pump technology but is not a central system. The air handlers deliver conditioned air directly to the room or area that needs it. Because there are no ducts, there is no loss of efficiency from leaky or uninsulated ductwork. As many as four air handlers are connected to an outside compressor. Each handler has its own thermostat for the ultimate in custom comfort. The General is proud to handle mini-splits by Lennox.

    Call General Air Conditioning and Plumbing to learn more about which cooling option is the best choice to keep your home comfortable in the middle of a desert heat wave. Call for your convenient appointment today.

     

    Frequently Asked Air Conditioning Questions in Coachella Valley

    Is Air Conditioning Maintenance Important?

    Cooling system maintenance is incredibly important, especially in climates like ours. You depend on your cooling system for months on end, which puts considerable wear and tear on both the indoor and outdoor units. With an annual AC maintenance plan in place, you can expect years of service from your cooling system, and you’ll experience far fewer AC breakdowns or expensive repairs than you would otherwise.

    How Often Should I Change My Air Filter?

    This partially depends on what type of filter you use in your system. Standard air filters should be replaced monthly, while higher-end poly pleated filters can last two months or so. Either way, be sure to change your filter often—the air filter is responsible for keeping your HVAC system’s airflow healthy, and it works to both improve your indoor air quality and prevent overheating and system frosting.

    Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

    A clog in the filter, jammed-up vents, or a very dirty outdoor unit can restrict airflow and reduce pressure in the system. This causes frost to form on the evaporator coils, which can build up a substantial layer of ice that will thaw over time. Other causes can be refrigerant leaks and damaged condensate drain lines.

    When Should I Replace an Air Conditioner?

    A well-serviced and maintained cooling system should last you a minimum of 10 years, though there are occasional exceptions. A system older than this can still operate fine, but you’ll want to start monitoring your cooling costs and the performance of the system. If your AC unit isn’t working up to your standards, it may be time to connect with an experienced HVAC company like General Air Conditioning to get an AC evaluation.

    Are There Ways to Lower My Cooling Costs?

    There are many ways to minimize energy costs, and most relate to either optimizing your air conditioning system or improving your insulation and air sealing. If you haven’t had any of these things checked within the past few years, now is a good time to do so in order to keep costs as low as possible. Talk to our team about adding a maintenance plan, and we can help to keep your cooling costs down every year!

     

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