When the weather heats up, air conditioners inevitably get cranked up, particularly in hot and humid southern parts of the country like Tampa. With the onset of summer, it’s essential to make sure that your cooling system is running smoothly and effectively, and to schedule repairs and replacements as needed. As any homeowner or building manager knows, an inefficient air conditioner will not only wreak havoc on a budget, it can also wreak havoc on the environment.
Air Conditioning and Environmental Awareness
Cooling systems are necessary for maintaining the health and comfort of individuals in a variety of warmer climates. Yet when people neglect their air conditioners or fail to properly prepare a home for their cooling units, they threaten to do more harm than good. For instance, an air conditioner that is left running while doors or windows are open and/or unsealed will work twice as hard to compensate for the influx of warm air, using more power than is necessary. Dirty filters or ducts, leaks, or irregular maintenance can also result in damaged units and wasted energy. Repairing or replacing an old or malfunctioning cooling system can result in a decreased carbon footprint, and a lower monthly bill.
Energy Savings and SEER Ratings
While you might first notice the energy savings from a new air conditioner in the form of a lower monthly bill or a quieter unit, the more far reaching results are those you cannot immediately see or hear. When you hire a professional from And Services to repair or replace your cooling system, you are effectively decreasing your personal use of coal-burning electricity and thus, preserving natural resources. When you do this, you are also increasing your system’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). The HVAC industry recommends that all air conditioners have a minimum SEER of 13, though And Services offers brand new systems with energy ratings that are much higher.
When to Repair an Air Conditioner
If your cooling system is noisy, runs all the time, or seems to distribute air unevenly throughout a room or series of rooms, it may be time for repair or replacement. The professionals at And Services can inspect your system, run a diagnostic test, and help you decide whether repair or replacement would be the best option. Typically, if the culprit is just a single part of the system, such as a broken fan, compressor, condenser, or filter, the company will just need to replace, repair, clean, or lubricate the part to get the air conditioner running more efficiently.
When to Replace an Air Conditioner
In some cases, however, And Services will recommend a replacement. For example, if all of the individual parts that comprise an air conditioning unit are malfunctioning in some way, that may be a sign that the system is on its last legs.
If you have had to have your system repaired several times over the course of a year or two, it may also be time to swap out your old air conditioner for a new one, since it is unlikely the system will ever achieve maximum energy efficiency again. If this is the case, you can rest assured that And Services will supply you with the best and most affordable air conditioning installation service to suit your needs.
New System Installation
Though it might seem like a hassle and expense to buy a whole new air conditioner, in the long run, it will save both energy and money. If your previous air conditioner was particularly old, you might be pleasantly surprised when you discover the enhanced efficiency of the newer models. These updated versions not only run more smoothly on reduced levels of energy, but also include more effective filtering systems to deflect pollen and pollutants. And Services offers a variety of different models from the most reputable brands in the business, and can help you decide which one would be best for the size, type, and purpose of your building.
Once you’ve had a new air conditioning system installed (or if your current system is still in good working condition), there are a number of precautionary measures you can take to ensure that your air conditioner runs effectively for as long as possible. First of all, it is recommended that you program a thermostat to maintain a temperature of 70-72 degrees Fahrenheit. This is considered by many HVAC professionals to be the ideal temperature, at which cooling systems work at their most efficient rate. It is also important to keep vents, filters, and air ducts clean so debris does not clog the system. And of course, don’t forget to schedule regular maintenance appointments with a professional.
Repairing or replacing an old cooling system is not only a decision that will impact finances, health, and comfort, it also has moral and ethical dimensions. In this day and age, when energy use and carbon footprints are at the forefront of global consciousness, many feel compelled to live life in the most environmentally responsible manner possible. And Services can help you do just that by installing the system that will save you money while also saving the environment.