Air Conditioning 101: 5 Things All Homeowners Should Know

Air Conditioning 101: 5 Things All Homeowners Should KnowIn Southwest Oklahoma, an air conditioner is often vital to your comfort and health. To keep your system running well, here are a few things that you should know about air conditioning.

Regular Maintenance Is Essential

Without routine maintenance, your cooling system will suffer, reducing its efficiency and shortening its life span. You can do several tasks, such as keeping the area around the outdoor condenser unit clean, removing debris from the condenser coils and changing the system’s air filter. Other maintenance is best handled by an HVAC professional, who should inspect and maintain your system at least once a year.

Air Filters Protect You and Your System

The air filter captures particles that can damage the air conditioning system and reduce indoor air quality, including dust, pollen, insect droppings, mold spores and pet dander. A clean air filter helps improve system efficiency and prevent excess wear. To keep your system running well, check the air filter monthly and replace it when it becomes dirty.

Air Conditioners Reduce Humidity

In addition to cooling, air conditioners also remove moisture from the air. Excess moisture can make it feel hotter than it actually is, and it also encourages the growth of mold, which can irritate conditions such as asthma or allergies. Make sure the condensate drain remains free-flowing so the system can efficiently dehumidify your home.

Leaking Air Ducts Reduce Efficiency

In many homes, leaking ductwork account for up to 40 percent of the energy used by the cooling system. Have an HVAC professional secure the joints in your duct system and seal them with mastic or metal tape. If any insulation is missing from the ducts, have it replaced.

Reducing Heat Gain Makes Cooling Easier

Excess heat can make your system work harder to cool the same area. Turn off unnecessary lights, electronics and appliances during the daytime. Use exhaust fans while cooking or bathing, and shade south-facing windows.

To learn more about your air conditioning system, talk to the experienced team at Davis Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving Southwest Oklahoma since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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