- Is your air conditioning unit more than 10 years old?
- Do you find yourself constantly lowering the temperature to keep cool during the summer?
- Do you think you’re paying way too much for your energy bills?
Did you say yes to any of these? If so, then you’re going to want to keep on reading!
Air Conditioning Maintenance
If your older system is not performing the way it used to, or if your newer system is not performing the way you expect, getting your air conditioning maintenance “check-up” is a no brainer. The filters, indoor section, and outdoor section of your air conditioner require regular maintenance to function properly. With just a simple tune up by a licensed professional, your less-than-optimal air conditioning can start feeling like it is brand new! Also, small problems may be diagnosed and corrected before they become larger problems—in season!
If your air conditioning system is beyond repair, it’s a good idea to get an assessment of your home’s older air conditioning system’s components. It’s like running a diagnostics test for your car before buying the parts to fix it. You wouldn’t spend money buying all the parts for your car that you might not even need, so why would you do the same with your air conditioning? If your system is in the attic, the very old, leaky, attic duct system might also need replacement.
Newer Energy Star, sealed duct systems with R-8 insulation can dramatically reduce your energy consumption. If your old air conditioning is connected to your old furnace, it will make sense to also replace your old, inefficient furnace while you replacing your air conditioning.
Sizing Your Air Conditioner Properly
Ultimately, only a licensed professional will be able to figure out if your air conditioning unit needs an upgrade. By calculating the Manual J, your HVAC technician will be able to figure out how much cooling you need for your home. Essentially, the Manual J load calculation shows the HVAC technician how much heat is gained through the exterior of your home during the warmer months. There are many things that go into this calculation. For example, the size of your home and its layout, home orientation, number of windows, and insulation values will be considered.
With all of these different variables, the correct sizing of your air conditioning will be determined. If your system is too small, then it’s not going to be able to properly cool your entire home and run constantly. It’s going to be overworked during the season. But what if your air conditioning is too big?
Here’s some things that can happen:
- Your home will feel humid
- You will feel strong blasts of cold air
- Your air conditioner might start and stop frequently (short-cycle)
- Your air conditioner might break down and cause expensive repairs
Is Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer?
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