9 Useful Tips & Tricks for Your Air Conditioning Questions!
It’s summertime and the sun is shining bright – heating up your entire home in the process! You’ve drawn the blinds and ordered takeout all week to avoid using the stove, but you know it’s finally time to invest in an appropriate cooling system. When the weather heats up, refer to these 10 useful tips and tricks for all your air conditioning questions to keep you feeling cool at all times.
What is the best way to cool my home? While the internet is full of alternative options, the most optimal way of eliminating solar heat gain in your home is by installing an air conditioning or central air system in order to maintain desired temperatures in your home at all times. A good AC unit will last a long time, and provides comfort and productivity during those hot, sticky months.
How does air conditioning actually work? Essentially, an air conditioner produces cold air inside your home or enclosed space by actually removing heat and humidity from the indoor air. It returns the cooled air to the indoor space, and transfers the unwanted heat and humidity outside. A standard air conditioner or cooling system uses a specialized chemical called refrigerant, and has three main mechanical components: a compressor, a condenser coil and an evaporator coil. While this may vary slightly depending on the size of your air conditioner, the basic premise of how all units work remain the same.
What size air conditioning system do I need? This will vary greatly depending on the size of your space and desired effect. Generally, window units are small, cost effective and easy to install. They typically cool down one room at a time, although using fans you can spread the cool air around a slightly larger space. If you are seeking a more comprehensive option, you may want to look into central air! With central air, a small vent is installed in each room and controlled via a digital wall thermometer. This option requires installation and some upkeep.
Does my AC unit require servicing? Leading industry professionals suggest that all air conditioners be serviced once a year to maintain the cooling system’s functionality. This will not only clean your unit, but ensure that it is in optimal working order and not posing any potential hazards.
How does the general phaseout of R-22 (also known as Freon) affect my unit? Air conditioning units contain HCFCs, which deplete the Earth’s protective ozone layer and contribute to climate change. R-22 is an HCFC refrigerant that is often used in air-conditioning equipment. Since 2020, to protect the Earth’s protective ozone layer, North America is phasing out R-22, along with other chemicals from air conditioning units. Now, air-cooling systems will use the power of Puron, the world’s first, long-term solution to ozone depletion. Check out this useful governmental information guide on energy efficient options.
How can I ensure that my AC is cost-effective? Use your air conditioner only when needed, and ensure proper installation. Air leaks or improper positioning can affect your unit’s ability to work optimally. Book an appointment with us to have a technician assist.
When should I replace my air conditioner? Generally, you can expect a well-maintained air conditioner to last somewhere between 10-12 years, with some variances depending on brand. If you notice your air conditioner is squealing, grinding, or making any grating noises, it may be time for a unit replacement. Strange sounds indicate something wrong inside the unit itself, and failing to contact a technician for repairs could result in damages to your home when left unchecked.
How do I store my air conditioner? It is extremely important that an air conditioner always be stored in the upright position and never on its side or upside down. Storing the unit upright allows for it to be secure and the internal oils to settle.
Who can assist me with an AC repair or service? Cascade Mechanical, proudly servicing Northern BC and Alberta!
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