Berkun Air – A Rated with Angies List Again

It’s not often that customers of air conditioning products and services will take the time to write up a review when they got what they expected, especially with many of our clients in higher end communities like Palm Beach and Boca Raton wanting to protect their privacy.  This review came to us by surprise.  It’s been there awhile on Angies List, but we just didn’t  know about it.  With that said, every time we do get a review, we like to make it known that we appreciate our customer noticing our service level and taking the time to thank us.

Berkun Air – Rated A with Angies List – Again

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Jeff Berkun - Owner of Berkun Air, West Palm BeachFounded in 1982, Jeff Berkun has run his business based on providing customers with outstanding service and expert advise.  What we won’t do is mislead customers with misleading ads that sound too good to be true.  We won’t offer you home maintenance programs that are just as misleading.  We would rather treat our customers with respect looking at the longer term picture.  We do this by educating them a bit on all things air conditioning and what to look for.  If you have a question, or need help,   give us a jingle.  We promise you’ll be impressed.  Call Berkun Air at (561) 842-4362.  

Berkun Air is one of the few air conditioning companies to be awarded an A+ Rating from the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division.

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Berkun Air Teams with Trane to Offer Up to $1000 in Trade In Allowances

Time for a New Trane Air Conditioner

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Now that Fall is here, Berkun Air Conditioning of West Palm Beach wants to kick it up a notch and offer home owners a special offer on a new air conditioning system that doesn’t come along very often.  As a Platinum level Trane Comfort Specialist for Palm Beach County, Berkun Air and Trane Air Conditioning are teaming up to offer you  special trade-in allowances of up to $1000.00 on qualified Trane air conditioning equipment.  We’re talking about systems like Trane XL18i, XV18, Xv20i and a variety of high efficiency Mini-Spits and Multi-Splits.

Everyone knows that Trane is one of the most trusted names in air conditioning and that their equipment is hard to stop, so why not take this opportunity to upgrade your home’s aging air conditioning system with high efficiency air conditioning systems from Trane at a great price.  Many of these systems are so efficient, that they can pay for themselves in energy savings alone.

This offer won’t last long, so call Berkun Air now at (561) 842-4326 and ask for details on the Berkun Air / Trane Trade-In Allowance.  
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Jeff Berkun - Owner of Berkun Air, West Palm BeachFounded in 1982, Jeff Berkun has run his business based on providing customers with outstanding service and expert advise.  What we won’t do is mislead customers with misleading ads that sound too good to be true.  We won’t offer you home maintenance programs that are just as misleading.  We would rather treat our customers with respect looking at the longer term picture.  We do this by educating them a bit on all things air conditioning and what to look for.  If you have a question, or need help,   give us a jingle.  We promise you’ll be impressed.  Call Berkun Air at (561) 842-4362.  

Berkun Air is one of the few air conditioning companies to be awarded an A+ Rating from the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division.

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Why Consider a VRF Air Conditioning System for a New Home

VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) or VRV (Variable Refrigerant Volume) Air Conditioning Systems have been around for over 30 years, but only in the last 5 years, have they seen double digit growth for new homes and major remodeling construction in the United States.  These systems are much more efficient compared to traditional HVAC systems.

Example of a VRF Air Condition System - Berkun Air

A Modern VRF Air Conditioning System reduces ductwork, while providing the flexibility of room by room temperature control.

Reasons to consider a VRF HVAC System:

  1. WELL SUITED FOR NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION or MAJOR REMODELING PRODUCTS:  A VRF System offers many benefits and cost savings for a new home.  They use less space, are more efficient, offers individual room climate control and are much quieter.
  2. HEAT and COOLING SIMULTANEOUSLY:  VRF or VRV systems can remove heat and move that heat to another room if needed, thus saving energy and lowering your ongoing cost.  They can capture heat from an one room and use it to heat another room.
  3. 30% GREAT ENERGY EFFICIENCY:  While there may be a greater up front cost, the savings in energy cost quickly offset this up front cost and actually save more money over the long haul.  They literally can pay for themselves in savings over the life of the unit.
  4. QUIETER OPERATION:  A VRF System runs quieter because the fan and compressor in the outdoor unit are completely variable and run at much slower speeds.   And because each room has its own mini air cabinet, there is much shorter air duct runs – if any at all, making them quieter where it counts – in the living space.
  5. MAXIMUM COMFORT: Each room is controlled independent of other rooms.
  6. GREATER RELIABILITY:  Since each room runs independent of others and the system only controls the cooling or heating on a room by room basis, the entire system generally runs at much slower pace thus reducing the work load to cool a home.  Even the compressor runs at a variable rate so that if only one room is requesting refrigerant, the compressor only attempt to meet the needs of that one room and not the entire system.

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Traditional whole home air conditioning systems tend to offer a single or dual speed compressor on the outside of the home, feeding refrigerant to a centralized air handler inside the home that then feeds conditioned air to individual rooms via long runs of air ducts, most often in a hot roof attic.  A VRF system on the other hand, has a modular outdoor unit that has a variable speed compressor and fan that can vary the amount and flow of refrigerant directly to air units in each room via insulated copper tubing.  Each unit is individually controlled with its own thermostatic control unit to allow each room to be controlled separate from the others.  Refrigerant is pumped directly to each room vs a centralized air handler making the system much more efficient.

Factors to consider when using a VRF Air Conditioning System

These system do require the air conditioner contractor to be trained and certified for designing an VRF system, installing the system and even starting up this system.  If a contractor is not certified in each of these areas, they can’t even buy the system and the owner may likely be without a valid warranty.

Berkun Air has over 10 years experience engineering it’s own VRF designs and installing these systems.  We have a proven track record working with Palm Beach’s finest architects.   Whether you are a home owner or an architect, if you have questions about VRF or VRV systems, please don’t hesitate in calling an expert with a decade of experience working with system from Daikin, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, Samsung or LG, give Berkun Air of West Palm Beach a call at (561) 842-842-4362.  

Want more information on VRF systems?  Here are two more articles you may be interested in reading:

What type of home is best suited for a VRF or VRV Air Conditioner ?

LG VRF Air Conditioning Systems Now Offer Corrosion Resistance Solutions

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Jeff Berkun - Owner of Berkun Air, West Palm BeachFounded in 1982, Jeff Berkun has run his business based on providing customers with outstanding service and expert advise.  What we won’t do is mislead customers with misleading ads that sound too good to be true.  We won’t offer you home maintenance programs that are just as misleading.  We would rather treat our customers with respect looking at the longer term picture.  We do this by educating them a bit on all things air conditioning and what to look for.  If you have a question, or need help,   give us a jingle.  We promise you’ll be impressed.  Call Berkun Air at (561) 842-4362.  

Berkun Air - West Palm Beach / (561) 842-4362Berkun Air is one of the few air conditioning companies to be awarded an A+ Rating from the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division.

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What type of home is best suited for a VRF or VRV Air Conditioner ?

VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) or VRV (Variable Refrigerant Volume) Air Conditioning Systems have been around for over 30 years, only only in the last 5 years, have they really caught on in the US for the residential market.  This technology was first developed in Japan by Daiken in 1982, initially for commercial use in large buildings.  VRF or VRV Air Conditioning systems have become increasingly popular where the homeowner wants each room to have it’s own climate controls, while having a system that is highly efficient and more cost effective.  These systems can save 30% in energy costs alone compared to traditional high efficiency air conditioning systems that have one outdoor unit feeding one indoor air handler, not to mention that VRF systems on average are much quieter.

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What is a VRF or VRV Air Conditioning System?

Daikon VRV Outdoor Compressor Unit

Daikon VRV Outdoor Compressor Unit

The term Variable Refrigerant Flow or Variable Refrigerant Volume (the later a trademark of Daikin) are both very cryptic names, but they do suggest how these systems work.  Most homeowners are just now hearing about these systems but don’t know much beyond that.  Variable Refrigerant Flow systems do just that – they are systems that have a variable speed compressor and fans that vary the amount and flow of refrigerant to multiple air flow units in each room, based on the demand of each room independent of other rooms.  Got that?

Example of a VRF Air Condition System - Berkun Air

A Modern VRF Air Conditioning System reduces ductwork, while providing the flexibility of room by room temperature control.

With more traditional home air condition systems, you tend to have one outdoor, single or dual speed compressor, that feeds refrigerant to a much larger indoor air handler mounted in a closet or attic space.  From there, flexible air ducts move cool air to each room.  These systems can have multiple zones, but they tend to use air baffles to regulate the flow of cool air.  Because most air ducts tend to reside in hotter attic spaces, there is a slight loss in energy in each air duct run and the noise level is increased as you move large volumes of air longer distances.  With a VRF based air conditioning system, you have one outdoor unit feeding a number of individual indoor room units, each connected to the compressor with its own insulated copper refrigerant line.  The compressor will only run at a speed needed to provide the right amount of refrigerant to each room for maximum efficiency and quietness.

To highlight how a VRF Air Conditioning system works, a rooms that face the rising sun are likely to warm up early in the day.  As these rooms warm, the rooms thermostat will send a request to the outdoor compressor to provide just enough refrigerant for just that room – no more an no less.  As the sun continue to rise and expose more of the home, each room requests refrigerant and the compressor responds to demand and not try to cool an entire home and/or zone.  Basically, its a demand driven system instead of a system that is on or off for that entire A/C systems.

Examples of Daikin Indoor Air Flow Units

Examples of Daikin Indoor Air Flow Units for VRF / VRV Air Conditioning Systems

The graphic above shows the wide variety of air flow units for individual rooms.  This type of system moves refrigerant to individual room air flow units.  Think of them as quiet, ultra efficient mini air conditioning units for each room instead of a much larger traditional unit that moves cooled air from an air handler to a room over long air duct runs.  Moving refrigerant is simply much more efficient.

When are VRF Air Conditioner Cost Effective ?

VRF Air Conditioning systems are most cost effective in new home construction or major remodeling efforts where air duct work doesn’t already exist, or where you want individual control in every room.  For homes that already have ductwork, and the owner doesn’t want each room to have its own thermostat, there may be air conditioning systems that are more cost effective.  Berkun Air can always give you advise on what best works for you.

Factors to consider with a VRF Air Conditioning System

Not every air conditioning contractor can design a VRF or VFV Air Conditioning system and most all air conditioning manufacturers will not sell a VRF system to a contractor that is not trained and certified to design, built and start up a new system.  In fact, because of the complexity of these systems to as its own network, each vendor has to be certified to have the warranty be valid.  Those contracts that are not certified, and find a way to buy a VRF systems, they likely won’t be able to start the system up and most often have to call in the factory at an additional cost for the warranty to be valid.

For new home construction or major remodeling jobs, an architect will bring in a mechanical engineer to spec out and design a VRF Air Conditioning system.  It’s important for architects to know that Berkun Air has over 10 years of certified design and build experience in high end new home construction and major home remodeling experience in Palm Beach with VRF systems.   Call us if you have any questions.

What VRF systems is Berkun Air qualified to work with?

Berkun Air of West Palm Beach is certified to work with Daikin, LG, Samsung, Fujitsu and  Mitsubishi VRF Air Conditioning Systems.  Though less common, both Trane and Carrier are now beginning to offer similar VRF units that are often rebranded systems from one of the providers above.

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If you are entertaining the use of a VRF Air Conditioning systems and have questions, don’t hesitate in calling Berkun Air at (561) 842-4362.

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Jeff Berkun - Owner of Berkun Air, West Palm BeachFounded in 1982, Jeff Berkun has run his business based on providing customers with outstanding service and expert advise.  What we won’t do is mislead customers with misleading ads that sound too good to be true.  We won’t offer you home maintenance programs that are just as misleading.  We would rather treat our customers with respect looking at the longer term picture.  We do this by educating them a bit on all things air conditioning and what to look for.  If you have a question, or need help,   give us a jingle.  We promise you’ll be impressed.  Call Berkun Air at (561) 842-4362.  

Berkun Air - West Palm Beach / (561) 842-4362Berkun Air is one of the few air conditioning companies to be awarded an A+ Rating from the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division.

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LG VRF Air Conditioning Systems Now Offer Corrosion Resistance Solutions

If your home is located on the ocean, corrosion is a big problem for air conditioning systems.  In fact, many people don’t realize that most air conditioning system companies do not warranty their products against corrosion caused by salt effects near the ocean.

The affects of salt laden air from the ocean often attacks the cooling fins on air condition systems on the outdoor unit.  This corrosive effect will dramatically reduce the efficiency of the cooling fins ability to remove heat and and shorten the lifespan of the product.  LG Corrosion resistance product is designed for installations in coastal environment.

If you have a home on the ocean in Palm Beach County, give Berkun Air a call for advise on what LG VRF Air Conditioning System with Corrosion Resistance is best suited for your home.  Berkun Air is one of the leading air conditioning installers in Palm Beach and other coastal communities in Palm Beach County.

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Jeff Berkun - Owner of Berkun Air, West Palm BeachFounded in 1982, Jeff Berkun has run his business based on providing customers with outstanding service and expert advise.  What we won’t do is mislead customers with misleading ads that sound too good to be true.  We won’t offer you home maintenance programs that are just as misleading.  We would rather treat our customers with respect looking at the longer term picture.  We do this by educating them a bit on all things air conditioning and what to look for.  If you have a question, or need help,   give us a jingle.  We promise you’ll be impressed.  Call Berkun Air at (561) 842-4362.  

Berkun Air - West Palm Beach / (561) 842-4362Berkun Air is one of the few air conditioning companies to be awarded an A+ Rating from the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division.

#PalmBeach #BerkunAir #PalmBeachCounty #VRF

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