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What’s the best Air Conditioning for your home?

Everything you need to know in the purchase of the right AC unit for you, as summer heat is quickly approaching. The good news is that you have plenty of options to choose from. Keep in mind, all of the following possibilities can only cool one to two rooms at a time, max. They’ll also need a way to pump hot air from the inside of a building to the outside. To get started, pick the highest priority rooms that have outside walls, then use a BTU calculator to figure out how much cooling power you need for a given room size. Also, be sure to brush up on your A/C terminology before you go shopping. From there, it’s time to decide which type of unit is best for your home.

Window Units

Before you rule out window units entirely, be sure you’ve exhausted all your options. While some A/C units are a couple feet wide and designed for roughly standard size windows, there are mini air conditioners that can get as small as 14″ wide. Many of these are designed for casement windows, which open horizontally instead of vertically like most slide windows. These devices are taller instead of wider. It may be difficult to find one that fits perfectly, but it’s worth taking the extra time to look around before moving on to the more complex options.

The advantage with window units is that all the important parts—the compressor, condenser, expansion valve/coil, etc.—are all in one big box. The installation of these is much simpler and they’re very portable. Be sure to thoroughly search for a window unit before exploring other options. Find out what type of window you have and see if other people have a similar problem. If you absolutely can’t find a window unit, it’s time to move on to more elaborate solutions. Window units provide the most cost-effective and painless solution to cooling a single room. The units are relatively cheap and they have a lot of cooling power. If you’re renting or want to avoid serious wall modification, this is the way to go.

Portable Units

The simplest non-window based option is a portable A/C unit. These are devices that usually sit on the floor near a window. Hoses will carry air inside and out through a window. Typically, these units will come with adjustable hose frames to place in the window that keep them in place. Technically, all the parts are physically in one box, but you’ll still need a connection to the outside world for them to function.

When deciding on a portable unit, you’ll have to choose between single or dual hose systems. A single hose system uses just one tube to pump hot air out of the building. The trouble is that this reduces the air pressure inside your home. This causes more hot air from the outside to come in through cracks in doors and windows. The A/C unit has to work extra hard as a result, which is a terribly inefficient system. It’s not a huge concern if you’re trying to cool a small space, and these devices are generally less expensive. For a larger home, though, the extra energy costs can rack up fast.

Dual-hose units, on the other hand, cool the hot air that’s already inside the house and returns it to the room from whence it came. To keep the unit itself from overheating, a second intake hose pumps in air from the outside to cool the device and then pushes it right back out again. This system is much more efficient because the device isn’t constantly working against itself. Dual-hose systems are almost always the way to go unless you only need to cool a very, very small area. Just keep in mind that some units can get pricey.

Whichever model you choose to go with, though, a portable hose unit should probably be your last resort. This is for those who absolutely can’t use a window unit and aren’t able to do any wall modifications. As Consumer Reports points out, they’re costly and not very efficient in general. A similarly-sized window unit will cool better than its portable counterpart.

Ductless/Split Units

This is where you start to get into some heavy lifting, but you also get a much nicer unit. Split units consist of two parts: the indoor component that you can mount on a wall, and the outdoor component that sits cozily next to your home. The upside to this is that you can hang the device in a place that looks good instead of setting a giant box awkwardly near whatever window is available. The downside is you’ll almost certainly have to start drilling holes.

A “ductless” system might sound like a bit of a misnomer to the layman. All “ductless” means is that you don’t need to have a complex system of action movie hero escape routes running throughout your entire home. You will, however, need hoses running from the inside of the room you want to cool to the outside condenser unit.

The good news is that you may not need to do too much work on your walls. If you know how to run wires or hoses through walls, split units are comparatively simple to install on your own. As with any project where you have to drill holes in a wall, though, don’t tackle a project like this unless you’re sure you know what you’re doing.

A split system is a great option if you live in a hot region and need to cool a large area inside your home. Their cooling power is among the closest you can get to real central air without tearing apart all your walls and ceilings to install. The two main disadvantages here is that these units will be among the more expensive you can find, and you can’t move them from room to room like you can with a window or portable unit. You will also still need multiple units to cool separate rooms.

 

Wall Units

By far, the most complicated option is a wall mounted air conditioner unit (otherwise known as where Dexter keeps his secret box). This type of device is very similar to the window system, except instead of using a pre-existing hole in your wall, you have to cut one instead. This involves watching out for pipes, wall studs, and generally ensuring the stability of your home while you make a hole big enough to fit a small person through in the side of your abode.

Wall units are the kind of project where if you don’t already know you can do it on your own, you should talk to a professional before getting started. The upside to going this route is that you can find units that are much closer in price to the inexpensive window-based options. Of course, what you save in hardware costs you could end up spending on installation. Also, this may not be an option if you live in an apartment or dorm room. However, they have a lot more cooling power than portable A/C units, and are even more efficient than window units due to the much tighter seal. The energy savings can be well worth the trouble over the long term.

 

Feder’s offers a wide variety of the finest air conditioners, also professional installation; so please call or stop by and speak with our knowledgeable staff to pick the right fit for you! Remember we have added a new showroom/warehouse in Santa Monica so you can order from either there or our North Hollywood locations. North Hollywood Showroom/Warehouse: 818-769-8000 or TOLL-FREE: 866-FEDERS-0 North Hollywood Warehouse: 818-982-3300 Santa Monica Showroom/Warehouse: 310-450-8585 or TOLL-FREE: 855-28-FEDER

Summer in the City

Now that summer is here, our newest location in Santa Monica is getting busy and for good reason. A couple of weeks ago the signs and logos went up on the building helping draw attention to an already growing customer base. There have already been multiple occasions when a  customer has come inside because they saw the signs on the building and showed interest in our products. And speaking of products, with the summer heat almost here it is a perfect time to buy air conditioners. Try out our line of GE’s finest air conditioners including the 8,000 and 10,000 BTU, both including slide-out chasses for easy cleaning.

So come as soon as you can to either our North Hollywood or Santa Monica location. With our signs up on our Santa Monica building we hope there is less customer confusion. As a reminder we are located in the old Carlson’s warehouse on the corner of Colorado and 7th St. So for all your air conditioning, refrigerator, oven and appliance needs.

North Hollywood Showroom/Warehouse: 818-769-8000 or TOLL-FREE: 866-FEDERS-0
North Hollywood Warehouse: 818-982-3300
Santa Monica Showroom/Warehouse: 310-450-8585 or TOLL-FREE: 855-28-FEDER

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Get Exclusive Notifications On Brand-New Kitchen Appliances And Air Conditioners For Pennies On The Dollar

As many of you may be aware, our new Outlet store was officially opened a couple of weeks back on February 1st to a wonderful reception. Since the opening of the Feder’s Outlet, close to 100 scratch and dent and slightly-used pieces have already been sold for huge discounts.  Many for pennies on the dollar!

Although Feder’s Distributors will always provide the best pricing and service to the multifamily building owner, manager, and contractor, we are committed to selling great products for pennies on the dollar in our Feder’s Outlet store.

Understandably, during these tough economic times our customers are always looking for ways to save even more on their kitchen appliances and air conditioners.  We wanted to let you to know that we’re here to help!

Our best products at the best prices have yet to arrive!

Often times, manufacturers have pieces that are found on the production line with slight blemishes or a broken part.  Some may not be in perfect condition so they are brought back to the factory and made perfect,  or close to perfect, and given a fully-backed manufacturer’s warranty.

Later this week, Feder’s Outlet will receive the first truckload of brand-new items that have been refurbished to premium quality by the manufacturer.  Again, All items are “A” product kitchen appliances and air conditioners and come with the full manufacturer’s warranty.

We expect to receive several trucks of these types of items per month and they’ll always contain a mixed bag of goodies.  Often times, an entire truck of product could contain only one piece you may be looking for, so when it’s gone, it’s gone.

That’s why it is imperative for you to sign up below to receive an electronic list of appliances and air conditioners on each truck before it arrives!  Before anyone else has an opportunity to snatch it from under you.

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Our Trip To The AHR Show In Orlando, Florida

The full flight didn’t allow for an upgrade, but we’ll take an on-time take-off and a tailwind that helped us arrive 1/2 hour earlier than expected any day.  In fact, it seemed like our flight from LAX to ORL was the shortest 4 1/2 hour flight ever.

Unfortunately, getting to The Hard Rock Hotel seemed to take longer than the flight because of a gps system from Enterprise RAC that was working on about a 3 mile delay.  But we made it to the room and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at The Palm in the lobby of the hotel.

Getting to the convention center on Monday morning from the hotel was uneventful and quick. Walking into the main hall reminded us of the last few shows, but it seemed like there was a good turnout of attendees and the convention center floor (approximately 354,000 square feet) was full of vendors.  In fact, there were slated to be about 40,000 attendees and 1,800 exhibitors.  About 200 of the vendors had not displayed before.

AHR Schedule

Many of the majors were there, LG, Gree, GE, Amana.  And there were so many parts dealers, it was hard to decipher one from another.

I don’t know how so many vendors can sell copper piping, ducts, vents, covers, and other small parts.  But they seemed to be busy.  It also seemed like everyone and their mothers who manufacture air conditioners were also selling portables and ductless mini-splits. Again, reminding me of the last few AHR shows.

However, most were involved heavily in the R410A way of life than the older R22 of old.  And the transition to it had been a large undertaking.

Missing from the show were a few major manufacturers like Trane and Fedders and the most impressive booths were Gree’s and LG’s.

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Although a pretty standard setup, they were definitely showing a large variety of products.  Gree seems to manufacture product for about 25% of the industry (including Soleus and Hitachi) and LG seems to change their acronym every year (from Lucky Goldstar, to Life’s Good, to their current Life’s Green) to keep with the times.LG Booth

GE had a small booth displaying a re-vamped ductless system, but their pricing is still too high for the economy we’ve been in for the past couple of years.  Amana had a small booth as well, but nothing on display to really write home about.

All in all, it didn’t seem like there where a whole lot of new products or innovations at this year’s AHR Expo.  Although solar has been talked about a lot as of late, I still feel that we’re at least 3-5 years away from truly solar-powered products that are small enough, powerful enough, and cheap enough to replace our standard energy-eating air conditioning and heating products.  In fact, one of the only solar products we saw, was a solar charging station pictured below.

Solar charging station

There was some talk about the 7 companies with new innovations(Delphi, AIC Wireless, Danfoss, Daikan AC, Samsung, Muller Industries, AEC Design Group, and DuraSystems Barriers), but mostly they improved upon something as opposed to reinventing the wheel.  It’s time our industry really had a breakthrough product that uses very little to no energy, or is so cheap to manufacture, it’d turn the ac business on it’s head.

Unfortunately, those innovations haven’t come to fruition yet.

One company that is slated to begin production on a DC solar-powered ductless mini-split unit later this year didn’t even take part in the show.  We expected to at least see their booth and get more information about their truly unique product, but unfortunately, there was none to be had.

We were invited to a private party hosted by Airwell Fedders on Monday night where they were showing their latest wares, but unfortunately, we were underwhelmed.  Yes, they had a builder model ac on display, another couple of wall units, an outdoor condenser and the usual portable unit, all complete with R410A.

Airwell Fedders 2010 "A" Chassis

But we weren’t blown away by anything we saw or Anything the reps discussed.  And for a company crawling out of the black cloud of bankruptcy and under new ownership, they definitely missed their mark for 2010.  At least, they should have shown their new CRAC System discussed here!

In the end, we realized we could have stayed home and just replayed the video of the past few years of AHR shows in our heads and wouldn’t have missed a thing.

Feder’s Outlet Store Nearing It’s Official Opening

On Saturday, January 9th, Feder’s Outlet will officially be open for business.

Brand-new close-outs, slightly blemished, barely-used and more severely scratched or dented appliances (stoves, ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, cooktops, hoods, microwaves, washers, dryers, and coin-op laundry) and air conditioners (room a/c) will be sold through the new outlet store located within a new wing of Feder’s Distributors existing showroom.

Our new outlet store, with the physical address of 5728 Lankershim Boulevard, should receive more than four hundred pieces in these condition types every month!  Ready to virtually give away!

Most of the prices on these new appliances will be at, way below, or slightly above our normal everyday cost!  Most, with the manufacturer’s warranty in full-effect!

FedersOutlet.com (open now) will have updated items on a daily-basis with images and pricing, so visit often!

Please come visit our new showroom and save BIG on your next appliance!  Or call us: 818-714-1247

We look forward to working with you in 2010!

Prices Slashed On All Room Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, And Portables At AAFeders.com

If you’ve been reading our posts during the past couple of months, you’ll already know that more than fifteen truckloads of room air conditioners, heat pumps, ductless mini-splits, and portable air conditioners have been ordered and off-loaded into our now-fully-stuffed warehouse in North Hollywood.

Enough buying already, we need to start selling these units! So, in the middle of the Summer, we’ve drastically reduced the prices on all models at AAFeders.com!

So, if you’ve been putting off purchasing an air conditioner because you think the Summer is almost over, or because it was too expensive, now is the time to buy! Many of the models we carry are already priced at 10%-25% lower than most retailers, but now they are even lower! And when you purchase an high-efficient Energy Star air conditioner, you could still qualify for up to $150.00 in additional rebates!

Don’t wait any longer, prices will keep going up! Please contact us if you have any questions: 866-333-3770

Getting Cool And Staying Cool–Summer’s Here

I’ve grown up enjoying the heat of Southern California.  There were always pools to go swim in, beaches to lie out at, and a cool house to come home to.  My family’s always had air conditioning.  In the home that I grew up in, we always had central air conditioning (HVAC).  The compressor (condensing unit) sat outside my house, ducts ran throughout the ceiling inside, connecting to a furnace in our attic.  It kept each room cool in the Summertime and Warm in the cooler Winters.  So refreshing.

When I moved out for the first time, it was into an apartment that had an air conditioner in the living room wall.  Then, I rented a condo with an air conditioner in the living room wall and an air conditioner in my bedroom window.   Unfortunately, that was the only window I had in my bedroom, and couldn’t enjoy the beautiful view of the park across the street!

Window and wall air conditoners are typically used in multi-family buildings like apartments, condominiums and town homes.  In these environments, they are usually really old (some more than 20 years old), unsightly, noisy, and so  un-environmentally friendly that they accounted for a nice chunk of our electric bill each month!  Landlords often think that replacing window or wall air conditioners is expensive and can make their building look unsightly.

In fact, there are many reasons why a landlord should  and absolutely no reason why a landlord should not replace or install a new window or wall air conditioner. Here’s why:

Keep tenants happy. First and foremost, a happy tenant is more often than not, a good tenant.  After a long day at the office, it’s tougher to have clear, positive karma without the nice cool breeze  of an air conditioner on a warm, humid night.

Cool at any price. First of all, if a landlord doesn’t want to spend the money for a new air conditioner, often times tenants would be willing to pay an additional few bucks a month in their rent to stay cool during those hot, humid  Summers. Window air conditioners that would cool a small bedroom up to approximately 150 square feet can be purchased for about $70 after utility rebates!

Out of sight, out of mind. If the landlord doesn’t want the boxy-appearance of a sleeve sticking out of their exterior windows or walls, they can recommend that the tenant purchase a portable unit.  Although the hot air still needs to vent outside of the room being cooled, the hose does not extend past the screen of an open window.

Process of buying an air conditioner is a pain! Buying an air conditioner is actually a pretty simple thing to do.  Once you answer only a few questions, any landlord or manager will know exactly what they need to buy

Quieter, more appealing options. Again, if you don’t want the boxy-appearance of a sleeve sticking out of the exterior windows or walls of your building, and don’t mind spending a few extra bucks on the installation of a ductless mini-split air conditioner, these are a great option!  Want to know more?  Click here.