How Does Air Conditioning Work?
Air conditioning changes the temperature, humidity, and general quality of the air. More specifically, by compressing refrigerant into a liquid and allowing it to rapidly expand into a gas. Heat is absorbed from inside the home cooling the air and removing humidity. This heat and humidity are then transferred outside the home in a continuous cycle until the desired air temperature and humidity level is achieved.
What Is SEER?
SEER, which stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating”, relates to how much energy and money an A/C unit will use in operation over the course of one year. All A/C units must have the minimum efficiency requirements of 14 in the state of Florida.
How Important Is Maintenance?
A/C maintenance is very critical if you want your A/C system to live a long and healthy life keeping you comfortable in your home. Scheduled maintenance such as tune-ups should be done once or twice a year depending on the age of equipment and climate. Proper maintenance saves you money by identifying minor issues and keeping calibrations with your system before expensive failures occur. Frequently, major equipment failures can be prevented or at minimum postponed providing a person time to prepare for a costly service, additionally protecting other components from collateral damage. A/C tune-up’s also lower humidity and maintain efficiency in your home leaving you and your family more comfortable at a lower cost.
When Is It Time to Replace Your A/C?
Generally, modern Air Conditioning Systems are designed to properly function for 8-10 years. Systems may last longer, but deterioration and failing components leads to higher maintenance costs and energy consumption. Many people will not immediately feel the reduction and performance physically, but their costs from higher energy consumption and repairs exceed what replacement would cost, especially when utilizing financing. Continued use of an Air Conditioning System beyond its prime also decreases air quality due to poorly functioning insulation, air leakage, dirty coils and drain pans creating an inviting environment for microbial growth.
How Do I Know What Type Of A/C Unit Is Right for Me?
Considering the wide range of manufactures, SEER ratings, and electronically controlled system’s available today, your best option would be a thorough consultation with a qualified technician. Someone who can take your comfort needs, budget, home, and different equipment into consideration, providing you options so that you can make the best decision for yourself.