08 Apr If You Can’t Take the Heat, You Might Need Cooling Services
Some view air conditioning as a luxury. Those living in a hot climate would disagree. In fact, Albuquerque residents couldn’t imagine living in New Mexico temperatures without air conditioning – your unit’s performance is critical. When your unit malfunctions and you can’t take the heat, it’s time to enlist cooling services from professionals.
How air conditioning cools your home
Air conditioning units are more complex than furnaces. A unit doesn’t just blow cold air – the process is more complicated. A cooling system blows cold air by moving hot air from inside your home to the outside. As indoor heat is absorbed, the refrigerant changes from liquid to gas. Next, the condenser coil changes that gas back into liquid, similar to the condensation that forms on a cold glass of water. Finally, the compressor, or pump, uses this as energy and blows the cold air that was once hot, back into your home. A motor that generates three times more energy than the compressor alone powers this process. When a unit functions properly, this goes unnoticed by homeowners. However, when one element of this process fails, you’ll notice immediately. For example, if the refrigerant leaks or if airflow is reduced, the system’s capacity will be compromised.
Routine maintenance of your unit
With proper care and maintenance, you can prolong the life of your system and boost its efficiency. For instance, most systems have filters that are easy to change. Furthermore, leaky ducts can absorb 20 – 40% of the unit’s energy. To improve performance, seal leaky ducts and insulate outside ducts. Your unit should be free of leaves and other debris to prevent airflow blockage. Lastly, reduce your unit’s workload. An air conditioning system will work harder when more heat is present. Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Use ovens, dryers, and other heat producing appliances during cooler times of the day. Seal windows and keep doors shut to reduce incoming heat.
There is a lot you can do to maintain the life of your unit. Most consumers can handle these simple maintenance tips. However, there may come a time where cooling services are required. So, when you can’t take the heat, hire professionals to save time and money – get Axiom Home Services.