Imagine this: it’s the hottest day of the summer and you have every window open and fans in all the windows, but it’s still uncomfortable. This could have been avoided if your AC was working, but it’s broken and you don’t have the money to fix it right now. Has this ever happened to you?
Maybe it sounds like a silly subject to need to be familiar with, but knowledge of your AC system and keeping up on its repair is integral to the upkeep of your home. Read on for some facts to get you started!
- The physical life of your HVAC equipment is often a lot longer than its economic life. Around 20% of homes built during the 80s have air conditioning equipment over 20 years old. AC systems become much less efficient as time goes on, therefore costing you more money.
- If you notice more dust in your home than usual, this could be a sign of leaky ducts. If that’s the case, you may also see an increase in humidity within your home. Get it checked out if the problem persists!
- Many recent advances in the HVAC industry could save you money. If you’re buying a new system, check the SEER ratings, and consider clean air products or energy efficient systems.
- About 5% of all electricity produced in the U.S. is used by air conditioners and it costs homeowners over $11 billion every year. To cut cost down (and reduce energy by 20 to 50%), homeowners can consider options such as switching systems to one with higher efficiency or finding other ways to keep their home cool.
- Only 42% of those using AC use an ac repair service every year, even though they can benefit from more regular maintenance.
- 7,400 home fires were caused by air conditioning or related equipment in 2010. You can prevent these fires simply by keeping up on ac repair.
- When buying a new system, look for Energy Star certifications. These mean they have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and energy efficiency ratio (EER) ratings. This makes those models 15% more efficient than conventional options.
- Keep this standard in mind: human comfort for light clothing falls between 72 and 75 degrees and between 35 and 60% humidity according to the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
AC services can help keep your systems in top shape for many years to come, and regualar AC repair can nip problems before they become larger issues. Are you looking into air conditioning repair? What air conditioning service will you be using? Leave us your thoughts, comments and advice in the comments below!