Does Your Air Conditioner Need Updating?

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Dos your air conditioner need updating?
Are you tired of throwing money into repairs every summer? If so, it’s time to consider replacing it. Air conditioning units are big investments and when it comes time for replacement, it is a decision that should be weighed carefully. Not sure if your air conditioner needs to be replaced? Here are some helpful tips to help you determine what the best course of action is.
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Energy Conservation & Energy Efficiency For Your Home


Spring time weather can really be up and down. One day it’s sunny and warm, the next day, it’s a mix of rain, downpours, and cold. When the temperature fluctuates so much, it can be a bit of a challenge finding a comfortable temperature to set your heating and cooling system to, as each day will vary. But if you continually change around the temperature settings, it can be a waste of energy and can also be a big hit on your wallet when you get your energy bill each month. Wondering how you can reduce your energy use and conserve energy everywhere else in your home? Here are some simple tips!

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Carrier HVAC Glossary



Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. Indicated as a percentage, your furnace’s AFUE tells you how much energy is being converted to heat. For example, an AFUE of 90 means that 90% of the fuel is being used to warm your home, while the other 10% escapes as exhaust with the combustion gases. Top

Advanced Reciprocating Compressor

Type of compressor that uses a more efficient process for compressing refrigerant for better cooling efficiency. Top

Air Handler

The portion of your air conditioner or heating system that forces air through your home’s ductwork.


British Thermal Unit. Used for both heating and cooling, BTU is a measure of the heat given off when fuel is combusted. Or for cooling, it’s a measure of heat extracted from your home. (One BTU is approximately equal to the heat given off by a wooden kitchen match). Top


A British Thermal Unit (BTU) is the unit of heat required to raise 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. BTUH is British Thermal Units per Hour. Top

Beckett Burner

A burner assembly within your oil furnace, manufactured by Beckett to exact specifications of Carrier. This burner provides good combustion of heating oil. Top


Stands for Cubic Feet per Minute. A measurement of airflow that indicates how many cubic feet of air pass by a stationary point in one minute. The higher the number, the more air is being forced through the system. Top


The ability of a heating or cooling system to heat or cool a given amount of space. For heating, this is usually expressed in BTUs. For cooling, it is usually given in tons. Top

Carbon Monoxide

A colorless, odorless, highly poisonous gas produced when carbon-based fuels, such as natural gas, burns without sufficient air nearby. Top

Comfort Heat Technology

Carrier’s exclusive Comfort Heat Technology® accurately predicts the need for heating while cutting temperature swings in half. Top

Comfort Heat Technology Pump System

Comfort Heat Technology® Pump System is Carrier’s exclusive heat pump system that provides significantly warmer supply air from the registers for enhanced occupant comfort. Top


Part of a split-system heat pump or air conditioner’s outdoor unit that controls the pressure applied to the refrigerant, necessary for taking in heat to warm your home with a heat pump or getting rid of heat to keep your home cool.

Condenser Coil

Part of the outdoor portion of a split-system air conditioner or heat pump. By converting refrigerant that is in a gas form back to a liquid, the coil sends heat carried by the refrigerant to the outside.


Decibels (dB) are a unit measuring the intensity of noise. Top


A type of “valve” used in duct work that opens or closes to control airflow. Used in zoning to control the amount of warm or cool air entering certain areas of your home. Top


A type of furnace that takes cool air from the top and blows warm air to the bottom-commonly used where furnaces must be located in a second-floor closet or utility area.


Hollow pipes used to transfer air from the Air Handler to the air vents throughout your home. Ductwork is one of the most important components of a home heating and cooling system. Top


Energy Efficiency Ratings (EER) measure the efficiency with which a product uses energy to function. It is calculated by dividing a product’s BTU output by its wattage. Top


ENERGY STAR® is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Products with the ENERGY STAR rating will be efficient and save cost on energy bills. Top

Electronic Air Cleaner

An electronic device that filters out large particles and contaminants in indoor air. It then electronically pulls out tiny particles that have been magnetized, such as viruses and bacteria, drawing them to a collector plate. Top

Energy Saver Switch

An energy-saver switch causes the air conditioner’s fan and compressor to cycle on and off together, reducing energy use. Top

Evaporator Coil

Part of a split-system air conditioner or heat pump located indoors. The evaporator coil cools and dehumidifies the air by converting liquid refrigerant into a gas (or vice-versa). A blower moter, typically in a furnace, then moves air over the coil to either heat or cool your home. Top

Fan Coil

An indoor component of an air conditioner or heat pump system, used in place of a furnace and evaporator coil, to provide change the refrigerant from a gas to a liquid (or vice-versa) and blow air over the coil to cool or heat your home. Top


The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor is a measure of the heating efficiency of a heat pump. The higher the HSPF number, the more efficiently the heat pump heats your home. Top


Term used for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Top

Heat Exchanger

The part of a furnace that transfers heat to nearby air. Top

Heat Pump

A product that works just like an air conditioner in cooling mode; however, in heating mode, the refrigerant flow is reversed and heat is extrated from the outside air too heat your home. Top

Horizontal Flow

A type of furnace, installed on its “side”, that draws in air from one side, heats it and sends the warm air out the other side. Most often used for installations in attics or crawl spaces. Top


A piece of equipment that adds water vapor to heated air as it moves out of the furnace. This adds necessary moisture to protect your furnishings and reduce static electricity. Top

Hybrid Heat

Hybrid Heat systems deliver exceptional performance by using a heating source that provides the most energy-efficient comfort during moderate heating conditions. Top


IdealDefrost is Carrier’s proprietary defrost management innovation for maintaining the ideal defrost interval for a heat pump, enhancing comfort and efficiency. Top


IdealHumidity™ is Carrier’s proprietary humidity management innovation for maintaining the ideal comfort in a home. Top

Indoor Coil

See Evaporator Coil. Top


A variable speed compressor that slows down or speeds up to match the heating and cooling load of the space. This also ensures higher comfort. Top

Load Estimate

A series of studies performed to determine the heating or cooling requirements of your home. An energy load analysis uses information such as the square footage of your home, window or door areas, insulation quality and local climate to determine the heating and cooling capacity needed by your furnace, heat pump or air conditioner. When referring to heating, this is often known as a Heat Loss Analysis, since a home’s heating requirements are determined by the amount of heat lost through the roof, entry ways and walls. Top

Low Boy

Low Boy is a type of furnace configuration in which the furnace is lower in height and occupies more floor space. Top


The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value is the standard comparison of the efficiency of an air filter. The MERV scale ranges from 1 (least efficient) to 16 (most efficient), and measures a filter’s ability remove particles from 3 to 10 microns in size. Top

Matched System

A heating and cooling system comprised of products that have been certified to perform at promised comfort and efficiency levels when used together, and used according to design and engineering specifications. Top

Operating Cost

The day-to-day cost of running your home comfort equipment, based on energy use. Top

Outdoor Coil

See Condenser Coil. Top

Payback Analysis

Overall measure of the efficiency and value of your home comfort system. By combining your purchase price and ongoing operating costs, a payback analysis determines the number of years required before monthly energy savings offset the purchase price. Top

Puron Refrigerant

Puron® refrigerant is an environmentally sound refrigerant designed not to harm the earth’s ozone layer. Federal law requires that all manufacturers phase out ozone depleting refrigerants in the next few years. Puron refrigerant is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a replacement from Freon 22*. Top


QuieTech™ is a noise reduction system that provides comfortable heat while generating very little noise in the process. Top

R-22 refrigerant

R-22 is a single component HCFC refrigerant with low ozone depletion potential. It has long been used in a variety of air-conditioning and refrigeration applications in a variety of markets. Per U.S. EPA regulations, new R-22 cannot be used in new systems effective in 2010, although service quantities of the refrigerant may be produced until 2020. Top

Reciprocating Compressor

A type of compressor used in air conditioners that compresses refrigerant by using a type of “piston” action. Top


Returning used refrigerant to the manufacturer for disposal or reuse. Top


Removing, cleaning and reusing refrigerant. Top

Refrigerant Lines

Two copper lines that connect the Condenser (Outdoor) Coil to the Evaporator (Indoor) Coil. Top

Riello Burner

A burner assembly within your oil furnace, manufactured by Riello to exact specifications of Carrier. This burner provides a cleaner, higher quality combustion of heating oil to increase energy efficiency. Top


The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is a measure of the cooling efficiency of your air conditioner or heat pump. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the system is at converting electricity into cooling power. Top

Scroll Compressor

A specially designed compressor that works in a circular motion vs. an up and down piston action. Top


Carrier’s exclusive Serpentuff™ Heat Exchanger features a patented polypropylene laminate, so that it extracts nearly all of the heat from the system and makes the most of the energy used. Top

Setback Thermostat

A state-of-the-art electronic thermostat with a built-in memory that can be programmed for different temperature settings at different times of the day. Top

Silencer System

Carrier Silencer System II ensures quiet operation inside and out. Our systems meet or exceed local and industry sound standards with quiet motor mounts, a compressor sound blanket, forward swept fan blades, a laminated sound elimination compressor mounting plate and a unique top with integrated silencer airflow baffle. Top

Single Package Product

One outdoor unit that contains both a heating and a cooling system. Top


Smart Recovery starts the system in advance to be sure that each zone reaches your selected temperature setting at the scheduled time. Top

Split System

Refers to an air conditioner or heat pump that has components in two locations. Usually, one part of the system is located inside (evaporator coil) and the other is located outside your home (condenser coil). Top


The Thermidistat™ Control monitors temperatures both inside and outside, as well as indoor humidity and adjusts system operation to maintain the temperature and humidity levels set by the homeowner. Top


Unit that monitors and controls your HVAC system products.

Thermostatic Expansion Valve

A thermostatic expansion valve (TXV) is precision device used to meter the flow of liquid refrigerant entering the evaporator at a rate that matches the amount of refrigerant being boiled off in the evaporator. Top


A unit of measure for cooling capacity. One ton = 12,000 BTUs per hour. Top

Total Home Comfort System

The ultimate solution to providing you with consistent, customized home comfort, despite the ever-changing weather. Top

Two Stage Compressor

Two Stage Compressors are capable of two levels of operation, a low stage and a high stage. Properly sized equipment will operate 80% of the time in low stage, enhancing efficiency and comfort with lower humidity levels and quieter operation. It’s like getting two air conditioners or heat pumps in one system. Top


Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. is an objective, non-profit organization that tests and rates electrical products for public safety. Top


A type of furnace that draws cool air from the bottom and blows the warmed air out the top into the duct work. This type of furnace is usually installed in a basement or an out-of-the-way closet. Top


A ventilator captures heating or cooling energy from stale indoor air and transfers it to fresh incoming air. Top


WeatherArmor™ is a Carrier innovation that protects outdoor units from weather and increases durability. Top


WeatherShield™ is a special coating of the outdoor condensing unit coil to resist corrosion from salt air found mainly in coastal areas. Top


A way to increase your home comfort and energy efficiency by controlling when and where heating and cooling occurs in a home. Programmable thermostats are used to control operating times of the equipment. Dampers are used to direct air flow to certain parts or “zones” of the home. Top


 Summer Carrier Greenspeed Promotions!

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Purchase a Carrier Greenspeed Heat Pump system now and save up to the following amounts in high efficiency tax credits & rebates for qualifying Greenspeed systems:

Greenspeed top level performance

$1,125 Oregon Department of Energy Tax Credit

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Not only is this the most efficient heat pump on the market (over 60% more efficient than standard heat pumps) but it is alsowhisper quiet! To take advantage of this limited time special please call us at (503)620-5643 or just fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page. Thank You!

Standard heat pumps operate at near their maximum capacity regardless of what the temperature is outside. With Greenspeed Intelligence, home owners pay for only the heating or cooling they need because the heat pump can adjust with unprecedented precision to the comfort needs of the home. For example, the popular 3 ton size of this unit delivers up to an amazing energy saving 13 HSPF heating efficiency. That’s 29% higher than the nearest competitor and up to 69% more efficient than some others on the market. So, depending on your existing system, you could easily cut your heating bill in half. You may still have savings left over, even after paying your entire air conditioning bill for the year!

Get a quick overview of Carrier’s new Infinity Heat Pump with Greenspeed Intelligence by watching this set of short videos:Fact from Fiction. Or you can get the facts by reading Carrier’s press release below from early 2011.

Infinity21 Air Conditioner with GreenSpeed

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 16, 2011 — Carrier Corp. announced another milestone in innovation: a home heating unit that breaks new ground in energy efficiency. The unit, which will be available this summer, will be the highest heating efficiency air source heat pump available on the market. The innovative new technology used in this advanced heat pump is known as Carrier® Greenspeed™ intelligence. Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), is the world’s leader in high technology heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration v(HVACR) solutions, improving the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship.

Carrier Greenspeed intelligence, which will be available as part of the Infinity® heat pump line ranging from 2 to 5 tons, was introduced at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Conference & Indoor Air Expo in San Antonio, Texas. This new product uses a variable speed scroll compressor, giving homeowners the comfort of consistent indoor temperatures associated with variable speed technology while reducing their use of fossil fuels and lowering their electric heating costs. The new heat pump with Greenspeed intelligence will deliver a Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) heating efficiency rating up to 13 and cooling efficiencies of up to 20 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).

“Carrier is committed to developing residential heating and cooling products that take innovation to a higher degree,” said Chris Nelson, vice president sales and marketing, Carrier Residential and Commercial Systems. “We are very proud that the new Infinity heat pump with Greenspeed intelligence will be the highest heating efficiency residential air source heat pump available. In the commonly sold 3-ton size, consumers will enjoy a heating efficiency rating 29 to 69 percent higher than other air source heat pumps on the market today.” “The Infinity heat pump with Greenspeed intelligence is a revolutionary breakthrough for home comfort and advances Carrier’s natural leadership in environmental technologies,” said John Mandyck, Carrier vice president of Sustainability & Environmental Strategies. “Greenspeed intelligence also demonstrates how technological innovation can reduce energy use and carbon emissions, continuing Carrier’s long-standing commitment to providing sustainable solutions.”

The new line of heat pumps is currently in the final stage of field testing, with consumer availability scheduled for this summer.

Carrier Corp. is the world’s leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls, and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier improves the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship. Carrier is unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit for more information.

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