As the situation around the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to evolve, we would like to inform you that our management team at Imperial Energy are closely monitoring the situation and are placing new operational procedures in place in order to protect our customers and staff.
Health and safety is our top priority
We want to assure you that the health and safety of our customers, communities and team members is the top priority for the company. As a result, in order to reduce the risk for all parties:
We are closely following the guidance and advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Centre of Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and other global and provincial health agencies and are updating our procedures based on the information we receive from these sources.
We’re prohibiting our management and contractor network employees from traveling to countries with travel advisories for any non-essential travel. For those who must travel, we are imposing a mandatory 14 days self-isolation period prior to their return to work.
We are requesting all of our team members and customers to notify us of any health concerns prior to their in-home appointment
We are updating our sales processes to reduce the one-on-one interaction between our customers and staff members.
We are providing company transportation to those of our staff who are currently using the public transit system in order to limit their exposure to additional risk of infection.
You can count on Imperial Energy.
At Imperial, we understand the nature of emergencies and would like to assure you that our operations team will be there to support your service needs during this pandemic outbreak.
for your continued support as we work though these challenges together. As the situation unfolds, our customers’ safety and security will be paramount, and everything we do will be guided by our values and our long-standing commitment to be kind, compassionate and inclusive of everyone in our communities.
Client Care Team
Central Air Conditioner Replacements and New Installations
Summers in the GTA are hot!
When the hot humid summers start, air conditioning is one of the foremost concerns on our minds. Although we love to be outside enjoying the weather, we spend most of our time inside. A cool, comfortable, energy efficient space is a must. Offering residential and commercial systems.
Reasons to upgrade your old AC
Modern air conditioners are far more energy efficient
Modern air conditioners operate quietly
Installing a new air conditioner is an opportunity to address poor performance issues with your old system
A new air conditioner means a new warranty
LETS TALK AIR CONDITIONERS
For most of us, our understanding of air conditioners is simple as changing the temperature on thermostat
Lets not over complicate things though. Lets just understand them better to help your buying decision.
In simple terms, how do AC’s work
After years of talking to clients about air conditioners. Many people simply believe the outside machine brings cold air inside the house. Well, what’s actually happening is the the back and forth flow of hot and cold refrigerant. The outside unit called the condenser has a compressor inside. That compressor does what its name suggests. It compresses refrigerant causing it to get cold. This cold fluid moves inside to a cooling coil installed with your furnace or air handler. This creates a cold surface for air to pass over. The air passing over the coil is cooled and distributed through the ductwork by the blower in the furnace or air handler. The refrigerant now warms up and moves back outside to the condenser that expels the excess heat via its own coil and fan. The process repeats.
50% cooling, 50% humidity control
One of the biggest jobs an air conditioning system has to do is remove excess humidity from the air. If all your cooling system could do was remove humidity you would feel 50% more comfortable inside. Humid air holds heat, this is what causes us to feel warm and sticky. Humidity is removed by the condensation created by the indoor evaporator coil. The warm returned air moving over the coil coil creates condensation, water vapor. Its drips off the coil and gets drained away. What remains is conditioned, dry cool air.
“for an air conditioning system to function properly, it must have time to do its job”
Bigger air conditioner equals more cooling right?
Well yes a bigger air conditioner can handle more cooling. However this doesn’t mean that a bigger air conditioner is the right answer. The fact of the matter is, for an air conditioning system to function properly, it must have time to do its job. When you oversize an air conditioner, it creates short cycling, short intermittent run cycles. Without a long enough run cycle, a limited amount of air is making it over the evaporator coil hindering the removal humidity. This also causes rapid temperature swings, more energy consumption and constant restarting of the equipment that will wear out parts quicker.
The same is inversly true for an undersized air conditioner. If the cooling system isn’t larger enough to handle the amount of air it needs to condition. The result is a system that never satisifies the thermostat and does not shut off.
What size then?
There is not one size fits all method for sizing an air conditioner. For a new installation a proper load calculation is the absolute best method. It factors in everything from the construction materials of your home, to windows, insulation and design temperature for your area. When replacing, if your existing unit was correctly sized from the beginning, it can be as simple as replace the old unit with a new unit of the same size. Having a professional HVAC contractor on site will guide you with what size air conditioner to purchase.
WHAT ABOUT MODELS?
Manufacturers offer many different models with different efficiencies and features. Sometimes they offer different series with the same efficiency ratings but each series has a different feature set that you may want or may not matter to you.
It’s confusing, we know! We will try to simplify things so it makes more sense. Buying a new air conditioner should be relevant to our climate here in Southern Ontario. Let’s look at the three different model types, what features they offer and where they fit.
A single stage air conditioner has always been the industry standard. It means the compressor in the condenser runs at only one speed. Simply put it gives the evaporator coil maximum cooling. For the Southern Ontario climate where or cooling loads are low to moderate and short lived, compared to a year around hot climate. A single stage AC is a perfectly adequate compressor to use.
Two stage compressors are more advanced. Think of these compressors as having two gears. A high gear setting and a low gear setting. The unit will try and operate in the lower gear whenever possible. It’s trying to reduce hydro consumption and allow the system to maintain temperature and humidity levels better with longer run cycles where maximum output may satisfy the thermostat too quickly. The technology is great.
The argument against these units is generally the additional cost associated with them and more complicated installation factors. Southern Ontario summers are relatively short lived reducing any possible ROI from the increased efficiency. These units should be considered a investment into home comfort first and energy savings second.
Improved temperature control
Improved humidity control
Requires compatible furnace or air handler and thermostat
Variable speed compressors are the most advanced type of compressor available. These units have the ability to modulate their output from 40% to 100% capacity. It does this in as little as 1% increments. They reach the highest efficiency ratings when paired with the matching indoor unit. They always try to operate in the lowest setting possible.
Although variable speed compressors are the most efficient and advanced type of air conditioners. These units are the least likely unit we would recommend. The reason is a very high price tag, a very specific and complicated installation, high cost to repair and unproven durability. These units are better suited for climates requiring 365 days a year cooling. In our climate you are simply investing in maximum home comfort above all else with these units.
Best temperature control
Best humidity control
Requires compatible furnace or air handler and thermostat
We supply and install rooftop air conditioners, packaged units and heat pump units. New offer new installations, replacements and maintenance packages. Please contact us for more information and to book a site visit 1-800-925-7868