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Why Your A/C Should Run R-410A Refrigerant and 7 Other Things to Look for in an Air Conditioner

August 10, 2017 | STORY BY NAPOLEON HOME COMFORT

The difference is in the details when it comes to air conditioners.

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Napoleon Home Comfort
 
As the temperatures heat up across Southern Ontario and air conditioners get cranked up, is your air conditioning unit up to snuff? Here are 8 developments to consider in air conditioner design: 

1. Refrigerant

 
What refrigerant does your air conditioner use? Liquid refrigerants that are housed within the coils of your air conditioner to cool and dehumidify your home can lead to ozone depletion. However, the environmentally conscious refrigerant R-410A contains no chlorine and so does not contribute to ozone depletion. It also offers higher SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings than other common refrigerants. Napoleon Home Comfort uses R-410A exclusively in it’s air conditioners. In addition, R-410A refrigerant reduces power consumption and increases the durability of your compressor, extending the life of your air conditioner.
 

2. Fan Blades

 
The shape of a fan blade affects its efficiency as well as how much sound an air conditioning unit makes. Napoleon air conditioners are made with modern contour-shape fan blade technology. The unique blades make Napoleon air conditioners quiet as they efficiently provide increased air flow. With quality and longevity in mind, Napoleon’s swept fan blades are made with an aluminum or plated-steel hub and embossed-structural-steel blades for long lasting durability. Napoleon air conditioners can use either four-blade or two-blade fans to accommodate the cooling capacity of the unit and meet the cooling needs of your home.
 

3. Compressor

 
The vibrations from an air conditioner’s compressor coil determine how loud or quiet a unit operates, as well as how hot and how much pressure develops in the unit. Napoleon uses an industry-leading scroll compressor, which has low vibration and offers quieter operation. The scroll compressor also contains built-in enhanced temperature and pressure protection.
 

4. Exterior Casing

 
The exterior casing of an air conditioner protects it from outside elements. The quality of the side panels and exterior case can determine how long a unit will last. Napoleon air conditioners are manufacturered with extruded slot side panels that protect the inside of the unit while allowing the right amount of air flow. Napoleon’s powder coated cabinet panels withstand 1,000 hours of salt-spray testing.
 

5. Cooling Coils

 
The size and longevity of an air conditoner is determined in part by the quality and bulk of the condensor’s cooling coils that wrap around the inside of your air conditioner and house the refrigerant. The greater the efficiency of the coils used, the smaller the size of the overall unit. Napoleon Air Conditioners are made with aluminum micro-channel condenser coils. Napoleon’s coils are compact, allowing for a smaller air conditioner size while the enhanced heat-transfer performance using substantially less refrigerant. Aluminum coils are also easy to maintain and last longer then those made with copper.
 

6. Filtration

 
As the refrigerant circulates through the cooling coils, it requires continual filtration to keep unwanted acids, dirt, particle debris and other contaminants from entering the system. Napoleon air conditioners use the Emerson EK filter driers – the highest quality filter drier in the industry – to extend the life of its air conditioning systems.
 

7. Start-Up

 
How long it takes an air conditioner to “kick in” and how loud it is when it turns on are determined by the unit’s capacitor. Napoleon air conditioners feature a permanently lubricated PSC (permanent split capacitor) motor that achieves prompt start up without excessive noise levels.
 

8. Serviceability

 
If an air conditioner requires service, a unit’s design can impact how long it takes a service person to acces the parts that require service. Napoleon air conditioners ensure fast and easy serviceability because the motor assembly is removable from the top of Napoleon units. Service valves and refrigerant connections are located outside the cabinet for easy accessibility and electrical connections are accessible through a removable service panel.

 


Visit Napoleon Home Comfort to find the right air conditioner for you, or pick up accessories and parts. Napoleon air conditioners are manufactured in Barrie, Ontario. 
 
24 Napoleon Rd., Hwy. 11 & 93, Barrie 
705.721.1214

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