Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units
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Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!

Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Learning The Anatomy Of A Highly Efficient AC Unit

Kristin Pierce

When you are faced with all of the expenses associated with building a home, you might be tempted to save money by installing a mid-range AC unit. The problem with this approach is that while you would save money initially, the mid-range unit would have higher operating costs, and your utility costs will end up being the higher cost in the long run. Thus, you should buy a highly efficient AC unit to get the most savings for your money. Learning to recognize the components of a highly efficient unit will help you to make an informed purchase. 

Multiple Compressors 

AC units use a compressor to pump refrigerant from the evaporator coils to the condenser coils. If your unit only has one compressor, it can only pump refrigerant at one rate. A highly efficient unit will have the ability to match its output to the demand for cooling in your home. To this end, AC designers will use two compressor units of different sizes. The smaller compressor will run when the demand for cooling is low. Because it requires less electricity to run the smaller unit, you will save money. The larger until will run as the demand for cooling increases, and when the demand for cooling is at its peak, both compressors will run simultaneously. 

Variable-Speed Fan

AC units use fans to pump air over the evaporator and compressor coils. If your unit only has one-speed fans, it will only have one output. A variable-speed fan allows your unit to adapt the speed of the fan to demand for cooling in your home. Running at lower speeds requires less energy and will help to save money. You might think that this means that your AC unit will run at a lower speed in the morning and evening, but it will run at lower speeds during the day to maintain your desired level of cooling for longer periods of time. While this means your AC unit might run longer, an AC unit that runs at low speeds over a period of time actually uses less energy than a unit that runs full blast repeatedly throughout the day. 

Large Coils

The larger the surface area of your coils is, the more efficiently they do their job. Thus, you can expect a highly efficient AC unit to have large evaporator and condenser coils. 

When you understand the purpose behind and benefits provided by the different components of a highly efficient AC unit, you should have confidence in your purchase. You are not paying for a gimmick; instead, you are paying for a piece of machinery that is designed to save you money. To get more information about the anatomy of AC units, contact companies like Triad Heating & Cooling Inc.