Following are answers to our most commonly asked questions.
The average lifespan for an AC system is 8 to 12 years with proper maintenance. Like a car, most air conditioning systems can continue to be repaired almost indefinitely. But at some point, repairs become too frequent to remain cost-effective, especially as newer and better AC units become more affordable and efficient. Today’s systems are as much as 60 percent more efficient than those manufactured just 10 years ago. The savings in efficiency alone frequently justifies their replacement as they age.
A digital thermostat allows the operator to program automatic changes in thermostat settings throughout the day to coincide with schedules of occupation in the home or office.
Not necessarily. An air conditioner that is too large for the area
that it is meant to cool runs more often for shorter lengths of time, which is
less effective at removing humidity. Longer run times allow the system to
maintain a more constant room temperature. A system that is too large
facilitates the growth of mold and mildew, airborne contaminants and often
increases power consumption.
According to EPA, indoor air pollution can be as much as 100 times higher than outdoors.
Check your filter at least monthly and clean and replace as needed. A dirty air filter limits air flow, which can cause the compressor to run longer, cause the heat exchanger to overheat and increase utility bills significantly.
SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and is a
measure of the performance of the system, not unlike the MPG of an automobile.
The higher the SEER, the better the efficiency. The more efficient the system,
however, the higher the cost to purchase, but the faster the system pays for
itself in savings on your power bill.
H.S.P.F. stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, and is a measure of a heat pump’s heating performance, not unlike the MPG of an automobile.
Modern systems are usually equipped with surge protection. In the event
of lighting, however, it’s never a bad idea to turn off your air conditioner
and unplug appliances.
Many cooling and heating factors will alter the percentage of power used by your air conditioning system relative to other electric appliances in your home. However, on average, about 44 percent is typical.
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