Air conditioners are responsible for keeping more than 100 million homes in the United States cool and comfortable.
The electricity it takes to keep those ACs running has Americans coughing up $29 billion and 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the environment every year.
Nevertheless, the US Energy Information Administration projects the energy demand for air-conditioning is going to rise faster than any other residential or commercial use
If you want to minimize the damage your AC causes your wallet and the environment, it’s time to schedule an AC tune-up.
Inefficiency: The Spiral of Doom for Air Conditioners
Over the course of regular use, it’s normal for an air conditioner to encounter dirt, leaves, debris, loose connections, or even outdated parts. Regularly scheduled tune-ups prevent these little nuisances from causing huge setbacks.
Your AC is all about efficiency and performance. If it can’t maintain its expected level of cool, it will work harder to compensate. That means it runs harder and longer, putting strain on its equipment and your power supply, while accomplishing less. The harder it works, the less efficient it becomes.
That sounds like cruel and expensive punishment for everyone and definitely will not help keep you cool, calm, and collected all summer long.
AC Tune-ups Maintain a Peak Performing Air Conditioner
AC tune-ups are the single most effective way keep energy bills low, improve air quality, extend the life of your equipment, and ensure your AC is running at its maximum efficiency.
Tune-ups should include visual inspections and physical monitoring of amp draws, electrical connections, freon levels, and thermostats. Most importantly, regularly scheduled tune-ups provide servicing and maintenance to the inner workings of your air conditioner.
1. Checking Filters and Drains
Dirt happens. Lawn clippings, pet air, leaves, and debris are all an unavoidable parts of life. Your AC needs a clean air filter to catch all that grime before it circulates air through your home. Over time, filters clog up and prevent air from passing across its surface at the same rate. This slow means less cool air is flowing into your home. Drains and hoses also clog and bog down the efficacy of your system.
The actual heat transfer that makes the air cold in your AC happens at the cooling coils and condenser coils. These coils and their fins are very, very small. Overtime, they accumulate dust and particulates that, when added with summer condensation, form mud that coat the surface of the coils. This muddy film acts like an insulation, which makes them transfer heat less effectively. Dirty coils mean your air isn’t as cold as it should be. AC tune ups can prevent the slower cooling and harder working cycle before it starts.
3.Location, location, location
Outside your home, the condensing unit outside is unfiltered. That makes it more susceptible to damage and interference.It has coils that get muddy, fins that get bent, and blowers that get obstructed. Plus, being outside near dirt, leaves, shrubs, mulch, uneven ground, or lack of shade make it much more likely to fall into a cycle of inefficiency
Don’t Let The Environment and Your Wallet Pay The Price
Don’t let a poorly performing air conditioner bog down you or the atmosphere this summer. AC AC tune-ups once a season can ensure your system is performing at its best. Efficient air conditioners help keep your electric bills and energy consumption low.
Call the experts at Gery’s Heating 412-563-8111 for prompt, professional service and to schedule your AC tune-up.