During the warmer months, many homes will have air conditioning. However, air conditioning can be a necessity as well as a luxury.
What is air conditioning?
The first functional air conditioning was made in 1908, it made a promise to:
– Maintain a suitable humidity in all parts of a building
– Release the air from excessive humidity during certain seasons
– Supply a constant and appropriate supply of ventilation
– Remove micro-organisms from the air, along with dust, soot and other foreign bodies
– Cool a room depending on certain seasons
– Heat up rooms in winter
How it works
What an air conditioner does; moves the heat from your home to the outside, thus cooling the home.
They actually blow cool air into the home by pulling out the heat from that air, the air is actually cooled by blowing it over a cold set of pipes that are called evaporator coils.
This process is powered by a motor that runs in the compressor of your AC unit.
Maintaining the system
Filters should be changed in your air conditioning unit regularly so to keep the filter clean and the air that is blown out clean also, this may prevent any illnesses that could be caused by owing dirt and dust into the air which would then be breathed in.
To clean the system, a brush can be used on the obstructions and coils, however depending on the system, this may have to be done by a professional.
If your AC unit isn’t producing as much cold air as it would regularly, there may be a problem with the airflow or could indicate a refrigerant charge – this would need servicing.
Increasing your energy efficiency
One fo the biggest improvements for energy efficiency is sealing leaky ducts, as well as replacing dirty filters, cleaning the coils and maintaining the right charge and airflow.
Check if your outdoor condenser is blocked by any foliage or leaves that may be affecting its performance inside of your house.
The former points have focused mainly on cooling, whereas ventilation is probably one of the most important things an air conditioning unit can do.
Ventilation is needed to remove all of the contaminants that are generated indoors and may possibly lead to health conditions.