On a hot summer day in Georgia, air conditioning can feel like the height of luxury. A nice breeze of cool air on your face… Things couldn’t get better than this. Well, in fact, they could. Have you considered a high-end air conditioner? You may think that high-end means too expensive. But in fact, the features pay for themselves over time with increased energy savings. Here are some of the benefits a luxury model can provide.
The first advantage of a high-end air conditioner is its higher SEER rating. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is the amount of cooling your A/C produces for the amount of energy it uses. The higher the number, the more efficient the system. The current minimum SEER rating is 14.5. Many luxury models have ratings up to 21, allowing them to provide superior cooling for less money.
Most regular A/Cs produce the same amount of cooling every time, until the house reaches its comfort level. But variable capacity models can produce less cooling on slightly warm days and more on sweltering hot ones. Not only does this save energy, it cuts down on cycling on and off, helping your unit last …
If you have a two-story home, cooling it evenly can be problematic. Making warm second-level rooms more comfortable by dialing down the thermostat setting frequently can make the main level downright chilly, and the extra energy this takes will send your utility bills soaring. The fact that heat rises is likely the primary reason for uneven cooling in your two-story home, but these issues may also be contributing factors:
Equipment age or size. As cooling equipment ages, its efficiency often declines. Improperly sized equipment can short cycle or simply may not have enough capacity to cool effectively.
Uncontrolled heat gains/losses. Air leakage through the conditioned envelope, leaky ductwork and/or insufficient insulation can reduce the amount of cool air delivered to some rooms and make cooling less effective.
Poor duct system design. Unbalanced system airflow due to inadequate sized ducts, insufficient return airflow or not enough supply or return ducts can cause uneven air distribution.
How to Fix Uneven Cooling
An experienced HVAC pro can assess your home and comfort system and advise you on ways to make cooling more consistent on all levels, such as:
Following these steps before turning on your air conditioner for the summer will prepare it for the long summer ahead. It will run more efficiently, cost less to cool your home and experience fewer breakdowns. An A/C works hard in this climate, and starting the season out with a clean and fully maintained system gets it off to a good start.
Inspect the air filter.
If it’s dirty, change it. Nothing is harder on your cooling system than a dirty air filter. It increases the amount of time it takes to cool your home by reducing the amount of air going through the air handler. The extra running time increase the wear and tear on all the parts and drives up energy bills.
Clean the outdoor condenser.
Remove any dead vegetation from the condenser area before turning on your air conditioner, leaving at least a three foot clearance on all sides. Hose off the coils gently to loosen the dirt. If you find caked-on grass clippings or soil, use coil cleaner available from home improvement stores to loosen them.
Change the thermostat settings.
Nearly all the homes in Peachtree City have central air conditioning systems, but that doesn’t rule out having a portable A/C on hand. These units are easy to roll around, set up and vent to the outdoors. They give you a way to increase spot cooling when necessary for a variety of reasons.
Live by the rules.
Many neighborhoods have restrictions regarding the exterior appearance of homes and they don’t allow window air conditioners. Portable air conditioners are a good option because their exhaust vents are unobtrusive and easy to remove when the unit is not in use.
Accommodate a guest.
People who live in southern climates have a higher tolerance for heat and warm indoor temperatures. If you have someone coming to visit who hasn’t made the adjustments to hot summer temperatures, consider putting a supplemental A/C in their room. They will sleep better in cool temperatures and find it easier to relax when temperatures are a few degrees cooler.
Enhance cooling in a room that’s normally too warm.
Summer is finally upon us and you know what that means – time to have fun! All across the country, millions of homeowners will be opening up their households to entertain guests with summer parties, both indoors and outdoors.
Here are some tips to help them stay cool:
Call an Expert for an Annual Checkup
If your HVAC system isn’t in tip-top shape, then either your guests will be too warm or your cooling costs will be astronomical. To keep your system running efficiently and effectively, call an expert to check it out and tune it up a little, as needed.
Party After the Sun Goes Down
Any resident of Peachtree City and other parts of Georgia are fully aware that our summers get hot and muggy. If you’re going to have an outdoor party, the best way to keep guests cool is by starting the party either late in the afternoon or early in the evening.
Hydrate Your Guests
As your guests heat up, their need for liquid sustenance increases. Each year, people get injured or worse when they are not properly hydrated. Serving plenty of water and other refreshing drinks at your party will keep visitors happy …