Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.
A breakdown of your home's air conditioner can rapidly leave you and your family contending with stifling heat and humidity indoors. While it's impossible to predict every potential issue with your unit, taking proper care of the air conditioner can greatly reduce the likelihood of encountering a problem. An important step in maintaining the unit is to have it inspected by a licensed air conditioner contractor annually. If you live in a climate in which you use the unit for only part of the year, it's conventional to book this inspection at the start of the hot season. Beyond this expert, here are three jobs you can perform to keep things operating smoothly.
Be Vigilant About Changing Filters
The filter is integral to the operation of your air conditioner. Through use, the filter gets clogged with common household particles such as dust and hair. When the filter is dirty, it reduces the efficiency of the air conditioner, which can be detrimental to the unit's longevity; one reason is that the unit will need to run considerably longer than necessary to cool your home. You can take a proactive role in the unit's health by changing the filter once per month. This task is easy to perform and is clearly illustrated in your A/C manual and on the packaging of the replacement filters themselves.
Keep an Eye On the Condenser
The air conditioner condenser unit, which is the large box that contains a fan and is found outside your home, can get dirty over time due to dust, grass and leaves. Built-up debris on the condenser can increase the risk of the unit overheating, which will leave you with a significant repair bill. You can clean the condenser unit with relative ease by following the maintenance instructions in your manual. Typically, this process involves unplugging the unit, removing the cover and removing the debris with a vacuum or brush.
Practice Moderation In Your A/C Usage
One of the common ways that homeowners wear out their air conditioners is through excessive usage. Not only will this approach boost your energy bill, but it will also put excess hours on the unit and age it prematurely. You can often extend the lifespan of the A/C simply by running it only during hot days and using fans and open windows to cool your home on more moderate days. Additionally, adjusting your thermostat so that your home stays a few degrees warmer can reduce the unit's usage.
If you have any questions about maintaining your unit, consider contacting an air conditioning contractor to discuss your concerns.