Most homes in Toronto, York Region and elsewhere in the GTA have air conditioners. For some people air conditioners still might be a luxury they can’t afford or haven’t splurged on yet, but there are options for affordable non-window units such as ductless air conditioners. For others air conditioning is a necessity and they can’t get along without it, whether it’s a matter of comfort or health.
If you are a household that has an air conditioner, whether it’s ductless or central, it’s important to properly care for it. It’s an investment just like any other large piece of your home.
10 Things About Air Conditioners
- HOW AN AIR CONDITIONER WORKS – Understanding the ins and outs of your air conditioner is important to understand how to properly care for it. Essentially, most air conditioners have two main parts a condenser, which sits outside of your home, and an air handler that is inside. Ductless air conditioners have air handlers that hang on the wall or ceiling and are connected by piping to the condenser outside. Central air conditioners have air handlers that are often built into the furnace system (evaporator coil, filter, and blower) and have a larger condenser outside. condensers cool the coolant, which is pumped into the air handler unit and used to create cool air that is distributed over the evaporator coil and blown throughout your home.
- WHAT A “TON” OF COOLING IS – This doesn’t refer to the size of the cooling, although it originated because large blocks of ice were previously used in cooling systems. These blocks were referred to as tons. A ton now refers to delivering 12,000 BTU per hour.
- WHAT GOES WRONG – Air conditioners should be sized appropriately for a space or house. They should have a certain amount of refrigerant. They should have a certain amount of air flow across the coils. If any of these things fail to happen things can start going wrong with your air conditioner.
- WHAT FILTERS DO – Filters clean the air in your home and allow your air conditioner to operate efficiently. A clogged filter makes the air conditioner work harder, which reduces its lifespan and costs you money on your energy bill.
- MAINTAIN THE SYSTEM – Proper maintenance is essential to the efficiency and reliability of air conditioners. Annual or semi-annual maintenance is essential to keeping them running well and your home cool.
- DUCTS MATTER – Patching up holes in your ductwork is one of the best things you can do to increase the efficiency of your air conditioning system. ensuring your ducts aren’t blocking or restricting air flow is also important.
- HOW TO INCREASE ENERGY EFFICIENCY – There are numerous ways to increase efficiency, such as sealing ducts, getting a smart thermostat and trimming bushes around your condenser unit. An HVAC professional is the best person to ask for all the details about the efficiency of air conditioners.
- LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD – By doing things like improving the insulation in your home or closing doors and windows when your unit is running, you can reduce the load placed on your air conditioner.
- VENTILATE – In addition to air conditioners being used to clean the air in your home it’s also important to properly ventilate your home. If you’re cooking a big meal or cleaning with harsh chemicals, consider turning off your air conditioner and opening windows to air out your home. Afterwards use your air conditioner to circulate the fresh air that’s been brought in.
- IT’S NOT THE HEAT, IT’S THE HUMIDITY – Air conditioners are important to control the humidity in your home. By circulating the air and cooling it down some of the humidity will be taken out of the air by default. While air conditioners aren’t dehumidifiers, they still compliment them in removing the humidity in your home.
For more information about air conditioners or to get a free estimate for an installation or maintenance contact Ductless Air today: 647-547-6079
Ductless Air has been serving Toronto, York Region, and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.