The electric panel is one of the most important parts of the electrical system for your home. Possibly the most important, because it is the “central station” for the electricity from the grid entering the house where it is divided into different circuits. Breaker switches in the panel help to protect the electric system from electric shorts in the house.
No electrical panel will last forever, and at some point, you will need to have your current one replaced. Not only do these panels wear down, they can also be made obsolete because of the changing electrical demands in a house. In this post, we’ll give you some guidelines for when you should consider calling us for electric panel and circuit breaker upgrades in Studio City, CA or elsewhere in our service area.
Many homes in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley don’t have connections to gas mains, so they have to rely on electricity to power appliances like the heating systems. Although this does narrow down the options available for central heating, these houses still have several choices. Usually, it comes down to an electric furnace or a heat pump. The choice isn’t a simple one, because there are additional considerations to make that will also affect the cooling for the home.
Is there a clear choice between the two? No, because heating is never the same between two different homes and several factors must go into consideration. Both electric furnaces and heat pumps have advantages and disadvantages, and ironically the decision may come down to the … air conditioning system.
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Older air conditioning (AC) units are expensive to operate, maintain, and fix when they break down.
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Three-quarters of all homes in the United States have air conditioners. Air conditioners use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of about $29 billion to homeowners. As a result, roughly 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year.
conditioners employ the same operating principles and basic components
as your home refrigerator. Refrigerators use energy (usually
electricity) to transfer heat from the cool interior of the refrigerator
to the relatively warm surroundings of your home; likewise, an air
conditioner uses energy to transfer heat from the interior of your home
to the relatively warm outside environment.
An air conditioner
cools your home with a cold indoor coil called the evaporator. The
condenser, a hot outdoor coil, releases the collected heat outside. The
evaporator and condenser coils are serpentine tubing surrounded by
aluminum fins. This tubing is usually made of copper.
called the compressor, moves a heat transfer fluid (or refrigerant)
between the evaporator and the condenser. The pump forces the
refrigerant through the circuit of tubing and fins in the coils.
liquid refrigerant evaporates in the indoor evaporator coil, pulling
heat out of indoor air and cooling your home. The hot refrigerant gas is
pumped outdoors into the condenser where it reverts back to a liquid,
giving up its heat to the outside air flowing over the condenser’s metal
tubing and fins.
Throughout the second half of the 20th century,
nearly all air conditioners used chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as their
refrigerant, but because these chemicals are damaging to Earth’s ozone
layer, CFC production stopped in the United States in 1995. Nearly all
air conditioning systems now employ halogenated chlorofluorocarbons
(HCFCs) as a refrigerant, but these are also being gradually phased out,
with most production and importing stopped by 2020 and all production
and importing stopped by 2030.
Production and importing of today’s
main refrigerant for home air conditioners, HCFC-22 (also called R-22),
began to be phased out in 2010 and will stop entirely by 2020. However,
HCFC-22 is expected to be available for many years as it is recovered
from old systems that are taken out of service. As these refrigerants
are phased out, ozone-safe hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are expected to
dominate the market, as well as alternative refrigerants such as