Tune–up Your AC Unit and Get Ready for the Heat
When your air conditioner is fully operational, it can keep
you comfortable during the hottest days of the year. It’s imperative,
therefore, that you maintain your AC unit throughout its lifetime. Spring is a
great time to think about how you might tune–up your AC.
To tune–up your AC means inspecting, cleaning, repairing,
and, if necessary, replacing parts of your system. To be done properly, much of
this work requires the expertise of an air conditioning professional. A
properly installed and serviced AC unit will maximize your energy–efficiency,
and will help to save you money.
The first step is to call a professional. An expert
technician will be able to assess any issues in the compressor, coils, refrigerant
levels, electrical supply and thermostat. Attempting to do so yourself may be
dangerous and could prove costly. Here a few maintenance tune–ups even the most
efficient air conditioners could benefit from:
- Clean or replace the air filter. Your air filter
is one of the most important parts of your AC unit. It promotes airflow and
prevents the passage of dust and other allergens from entering your ductwork or
home. If you are highly–sensitive to allergens, particularly those that come
about in the spring time, then this is an absolute must. Air filters also keep
the parts of your AC unit working properly by preventing the accumulation of
dust and other materials on the internal structure. Check your air filter
- Insulate the ductwork. Your ducts are the
structural skeleton of your indoor air system. They make the measured and even
distribution of cool air possible, but they depend upon a closed system. As
well as repairing or sealing any duct leaks and testing that the system is
efficient, insulating ductwork tends to significantly reduce heating and
cooling loss, sometimes up to 30%. By sealing air leaks, your cooling
professional may be able to save you serious money this spring and summer.
- Install a programmable thermostat. A
programmable thermostat allows you to customize your home temperature for
specific times of the day and days of the week. Not only will adjusting your
temperature automatically cut costs, but it is also takes care of your home
comfort for you.
Remember that only a professional AC technician can tune–up
your system for this upcoming cooling season. Call one today.
How You Can Save Money by Going With a Higher–Efficiency AC
Spring is here and summer is fast approaching. As you begin
to tune up your AC unit to get it ready for the heat, you may also consider
upgrading. The cost–effectiveness and energy efficiency of your total cooling
system depends upon a lot of factors: ductwork, insulation, the layout of your
home and property, including even such things as which part of your house
endures the sun’s rays the longest. But, your savings in large part comes down
to how efficient your air conditioning unit is.
The SEER rating is a number given to every manufactured AC
system available on the market. The higher the rating, the higher the
efficiency. Upgrading to an AC unit with a high SEER rating may save you money
in the long run.
One of the most high–efficiency units on the market today is
known as the ductless mini split air conditioner. As its name suggests, it uses
no ductwork. Like central systems that use forced air through ductwork, mini
splits have two primary parts: an outdoor compressor/condenser and the
individual units that act as an indoor air handler. They are connected by a
conduit that is installed behind the walls. They are not only known for their
high–efficiency, but also for their small size and flexibility. By controlling
your cooling through the use of zones, you can customize your living spaces;
each zone has its own thermostat. They are also often easier to install than
other conventional systems because they generally require only a 3–inch hole
for the conduit. This can be especially useful when retrofitting older systems,
or deciding about whether or not to install ductwork.
But even if you’d like to stick to conventional central air,
there are many upgrade options. You can, for example, choose to replace only
the outdoor compressor; although you should keep in mind that your system needs
to be matched by an AC professional. Proper sizing and installation are also
key aspects of upgrading to a high–efficiency system.
Whatever your reason of upgrading: whether to save money,
help reduce your carbon footprint, or because you want better performance, your
local professional technician can help you make the right decision.