Home Cooling with Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps & Mini-Splits
If you’re searching for the best air conditioning services, look no further than The General. In some parts of the country home cooling can be considered a luxury, but not here in the greater Palm Springs, Palm Desert, or La Quinta, CA area. 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 provide the best home cooling products and air conditioning services to keep your home comfortable no matter what the mercury reads outside.
General Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers a Variety of Heating & Air Conditioning Services:
- HVAC Installation & Repairs
- AC & Heating Replacement
- Air Conditioning & Heating System Tune Ups
- ServicePlus Maintenance Agreements
(Including our exclusive Sensi HVAC Smart Maintenance)
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 be less familiar with are ductless mini-split heat pumps.
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.
Contact 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 The General for an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Air Conditioning Services
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 A/C maintenance plan in place, you can expect years of service from your cooling system, and you’ll experience far fewer A/C breakdowns or expensive repairs than you would otherwise.
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.
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.
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 A/C 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 A/C evaluation.
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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Why You Should Choose the General
Our core values are passion, integrity, teamwork, and accountability, and we strive to always exceed our customers’ expectations. Our customers are our number one priority every day at General Air Conditioning & Plumbing.