Knowing a few facts about air conditioning systems may not be enough to let you conduct repairs on your own, but it can help you recognize potential problems in time to call your HVAC contractor for repairs. In this blog, Comfort Zone of North Florida shares some quick facts about air conditioning systems.
There’s More Than One Type of Air Conditioner — Air conditioners can be window-mounted or mini-split, the choice of which depends on conditions such as room size and cooling needs. Heat pumps are air conditioning systems with a reversible process, allowing it to release hot air indoors during the cold season.
Higher SEER Means a More Efficient Air Conditioner — Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is used to measure air conditioning efficiency. When looking for a new air conditioning system, choose the highest SEER rating that you can get within the HVAC size category you need.
You Can Turn the Thermostat Up When No One’s Home — If you must leave your air conditioning system running while you and your family are away for a few days, set the thermostat about 10 degrees higher than your normal setting. In addition to the energy savings, this will also reduce the required output from your air conditioner. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat or a smart home system for advanced controls.
On and Off Cycles Consume More Energy — Turning the air conditioner off and on again actually consumes more energy and puts an unnecessary amount of strain on the system, which may lead to the necessity of premature air conditioning repair. As previously described, it’s generally better to keep the air conditioner running at a lower operating speed when the room isn’t occupied than to turn it off completely.
The Average Air Conditioner’s Life Span is 10 to 15 Years — It’s important to know when your air conditioner is reaching the end of its life span. Repairs and maintenance can usually keep it running, but at some point it will be more practical to just replace it.
Comfort Zone of North Florida is the contractor to call for residential and commercial air conditioning service. Give us a call at (904) 404-7171 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Yulee, FL, and surrounding areas.