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Top Tips for Choosing an Air Conditioner

Types of Air Conditioners:
1. Portable units
2. Through-the-wall units
3. Window units
4. Ductless Mini-Splits
5. Central or whole-home units

Window units are the most popular air conditioners. They are the easiest to install and remove. This type of A/C fits in a window opening and vents to the outside.

Through-the-wall units are heavier and larger than window units. A through-the-wall unit rests within an air conditioner sleeve that is set into an exterior wall. Circuitry must be analyzed because these units often require greater amperage and voltage.

Portable air conditioners are ideal for smaller spaces and they exhaust through temporary ducting and can be moved from room to room.

Ductless Mini-split units work like a central system, but they’re made to cool/heat one room. The compressor sits outside on a pad on the ground, on the side of a building, or on the roof, while the fan sits on a bracket at the top of the interior wall.

Central or whole-home units cool the entire house. Frequently combined with heating (HVAC system) they are the most expensive option and require expert installation.

Room size is perhaps the most important factor in determining the size of air conditioner you need, but consider also:

1. The number of windows in the room
2. The room’s exposure
3. The quality of room insulation
4. Other appliances that may be in use
5. The number of people in the room

Air conditioners, especially older units, are among the most expensive appliances to run. Choosing an appropriately sized unit is critical, because a unit that is too small will not meet your cooling demands, and one that is too large will cost more to run and will not properly control humidity.

Feder’s offers a wide vairiety of the finest air conditioners, 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

It’s cold outside… Our heater Options Will Keep You WARM!!

At Feder’s Distributors, we stock a full line of heating and air conditioning units to suit any need!

Please visit any of our three locations in North Hollywood and now Santa Monica (in the former Carlsons Appliances warehouse) today!

Feder’s Distributors offers competitive prices, great customer service, and same or next day delivery.  So buy your new wall furnace, heat pump, or heat-strip unit today, and you will be cozy and warm TONIGHT!!

North Hollywood: 818-769-8000  Santa Monica: 310-450-8585

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.

Gree BoothGree Booth 2Gree Booth 3
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.

Some Easy Heating Options For The Winter

Since it finally dropper below 70° here in Southern California, we thought it would be a good time to go over a few options to keep your home or apartment warm this winter.

The easiest and most affordable way to keep your feet warm.  We have a small, 360 Degree Micrathermic Heater that can keep a small room fairly comfortable in cooler weather.  Cost is on $69.00!

Do you need to replace an old or inoperable tall wall furnace or shorter direct vent heater for your apartment?  We carry units that are perfect for small, medium, or larger units.  25,000 BTU-50,000 BTU

Replacement: If you’ve already got an existing unit inside a sleeve, more than likely Feder’s Distributors has a unit that will fit inside your existing sleeve.
Built with solid sides and vents on the back, these units come with trim kits that would cover additional space on the sides and top if your sleeve is larger than 24″ wide by 14 1/2″ tall. The heat-strip models are great as a secondary source of heating or primary source for smaller rooms.
New install: If you need to install a new unit in a wall or window, units with both a heat-strip or a heat-pump are available.  Heat-strips will cost you a little less money up-front, but end up providing less heating capacity compared to a heat pump.  Heat pumps are a little more expensive to purchase, but run a little more efficiently with more heating capacity. Just remember, if you need heat in your window or wall unit, anything 12,000 BTU or above typically run on 220V 20AMP circuits.

A bit more expensive to install than a wall air conditioner, but much sightlier, ductless mini splits are installed like a central air conditioner. The compressor, outside and the fan on an adjacent wall just under the ceiling.  It is about 20% of the cost of a central system and cools/heats only one room.  Please note, there are also options to run two, three, or even four indoor units off of one compressor, so please ask us about them!

Cash For Appliances Program Finally Getting Close To Reality

It looks like details are finally being ironed out in the new Cash-For-appliances program slated to begin a few months ago.

Yesterday, it was announced that New York state would begin their program in February, 2010 and several other states would follow suit during March and April.  California’s program should begin in March,

Authorized by the U.S. Economic Stimulus Legislation earlier this year, states would receive monies from a $300 million package to turn in older appliances (namely clothes washers, dishwashers, central and air conditioners, refrigerators, and heat pumps).

Consumers can apply for up to $150 in rebates when they purchase energy star and other energy-efficient appliances.

Please contact Feder’s Distributors for more information about the program or energy star appliances and air conditioners!

Samsung Vivace Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Goes Beyond Green!

Samsung Vivace AQV12VBC

In addition to the incredibly high SEER rating of 19.0, the Samsung Vivace (AQV12VBCN) air conditioner brings style, sophistication, and elegance into the interior

design of your home. It also boasts a wide array of technological features that help you and your family live a healthy life by providing clean, fresh air that’s virtually free of harmful elements!

The Vivace has features that enhance life…

-Micro Plasma Ion (MPI)
The MPI improves indoor air quality (IAQ) by eliminating biological contaminants that threaten your health such as viruses, bacteria, molds, and allergy causing agents.

-Multi-Step Air Purifying System

The Samsung Multi-Step Air Purifying removes virtually all elements that are harmful to people by using various filters. At the same time, the system also keeps the interior of the air conditioner ultra-clean, so only ultra-fresh air is produced.

-Good Sleep Mode 2

Does this sound familiar: You sleep with the air conditioner turned off and it gets too hot. You sleep with the air conditioner on, it gets too cold. How do you stay comfortable? With Samsung’s Good Sleep II, the room temperature automatically adjusts to your body temperature so you remain comfortable during your sleep. It can even save you up to 36% in energy costs.

-Smart Inverter
Save, save, and save with Samsung’s Smart Inverter. When reducing energy costs with an air conditioner, an inverter is a must. Samsung’s S-Inverter technology lower energy consumption by up to 50% compared to a conventional air conditioner. Its powerful and delicate features allow you to reach the desired temperature so there’s less fluctuation and less motor

run-time, which translates to a quieter system and less wasted energy.

-Waterfall Heating Air Flow
The new Samsung air conditioners feature a wide-angle vane system. In conventional models, the indoor unit’s vane could only open up to 70 degrees, which made it difficult to direct heated air to the lower spaces of a

room. The wide-angle vane system can open the vanes to an angle of 90 degrees. You can control airflow direction vertically and horizontally, providing even distribution of air to anywhere in the room.

-Auto Changeover
The Auto Changeover option automatically selects the operating mode (cooling or heating) according to the temperature setting. Thus, when a temperature is selected in the auto mode, the air conditioner heats and cools as required maintaining the set temperature.

-Energy-Efficient and Quiet Fan

-Improved Low Temperature Operation

-Outdoor Installation Pipe

-1-Touch Hanger Plate

-Easy To Handle For Transporting or Handling

-Water Leakage Double Protection

Please contact Feder’s Distributors and speak to any sales representative to answer any questions you may have about this incredible product and its features!

Or CLICK HERE to purchase right now.

**UPDATED May 27, 2009**
Now available in 18,000 BTU (17.0 SEER) and 24,000 BTU (15.5)!  Check our website for pricing and to purchase!

Exclusive UnionAire 9,000 BTU 115V Heat Pump

Feder’s Distributors proudly introduces the exclusive distributorship of UnionAire’s 9,000 BTU, 115 volt heat pump in Southern California.

UnionAire is a full service heating and air conditioning company that was established in 1985.

Unionaire currently manufactures approximately 2 million air conditioner units per year and exports to more than 70 countries worldwide.

The company is committed to professional, affordable and personal service.

Increase in U.S. A/C, Heat Pump Shipments for November 2007

Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air-conditioners and air-source heat pumps for November 2007 totaled 349,801, a 4% jump compared with November 2006 totals, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

Year-to-date combined U.S. factory shipments totaled 6 million, down 9% from the same period last year. Heat pump shipments for November totaled 121,865, up 7% compared with November 2006 shipments. Year-to-date heat pump shipments totaled 1.8 million, down 10% from the same period last year.

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

Although you should always have a professional air conditioning contractor install your ductless mini-split air conditioner, the installation process is fairly simple to do on your own. If you know how to run the electrical to your outdoor unit, setting up your new air conditioner can be done within a couple of hours.

Remember however, that the manufacturer’s warranty is only covered if the unit is installed by a licensed contractor, so we don’t recommend installing it on your own.

If you feel that you can do this on your own, and don’t expect to get reimbursed by the manufacturer for any faulty parts, by all means, do it on your own. Many installers can charge upwards of $1,000 to $2,000 to for a basic installation of a ductless mini-split.

We’ve been working with some great installers over the past few years and charge only $1,299.00 for a basic 12,000 BTU ductless mini-split unit and installation within the Los Angeles area. And that includes a 15′ line-set!

Ductless mini-splits are the perfect alternative to a central HVAC system that can run into the many thousands of dollars. They are much more attractive than any window or wall air conditioner and are much more efficient as well! Imagine that you are only going to be in your bedroom at night and don’t want to run your entire home unit. Just turn on your bedroom ductless mini-split unit. When your room reaches the desired temperature, your air conditioners’ compressor will turn off and your fan will continue to circulate the cool air. You can save thousands of dollars over the life of your air conditioner!

In the summer, heat your room using the heat-pump feature. But remember, if you are in a climate where the temperature can get below 40 degrees, purchase a unit that has a back-up heat-strip so your unit won’t freeze!

If you have any questions, or may be looking for an air conditioning contractor to install your new ductless mini-split heat-pump, please contact us at info@aafeders.com call toll-free during our normal business hours: 866-333-3770, or Skype Me™!at AAFeders.