Things to know about Air Conditioning

Like many mechanical systems, AC needs some TLC for it run smoothly and essentially last longer!

Filter changing

If the filter in your AC is dirty, the device will not be working as efficiently as it should be.
By installing a new filter once each month during the cooling season for the central units and window units, or wash them if they can be washed.
Another way of checking if the filter is working at its best is by checking the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV), which ranges from one to twelve for home AC units – the higher the number, the better the filtration.

Fixing air leaks

It is possible for ducts to lose up to 30% of airflow through leaks, and in regards to a window AC, these are quite difficult to seal.
A way of discovering where the leaks are is by using the old ‘smoke trick’.
For window units, you could light a stick of incense and hold it alongside where the unit and the window frame meet, for a central AC, hold it near the duct connections, and if the smoke blows around – you have a leak.

To repair ductwork, an option is using foil tape to seal the smaller gaps, and for the larger gaps, duct mastic.
In regards to a window AC unit, foam should be stuffed between the device and window frame, then proceeded with a seal of tape.

Insulation

Ducts that are situated in warm attics or crawl spaces must be wrapped in order to keep the air inside cool.
Spray foam, batt insulation or rigid foam insulation can all be used.
Batt and rigid insulation should be sealed with foil tape, and for tight spaces, a wrap similar to Reflectix will offer some degree of insulation.

Help it out

You can extend the life of your AC by helping it out a little as well!
Keep blinds and shades down during the day, and maybe consider running the AC in conjunction with floor or ceiling fans in order to circulate cool air effectively.

Don’t close rooms

Refrain from closing off interior doors as this can cause the central AC systems to wobble off balance, resulting in less airflow in the entire house.
Try and keep the doors slightly ajar instead.

BMS Aircon are HVAC specialists, one of the top Air Conditioning Companies across Midlands and UK, leading provider of all types of air conditioning. Based near Leicester, BMS provide services across the entire country in places such as Birmingham, Nottingham, Northampton, Coventry, Milton Keynes and Derby.

How can I maintain my AC unit in Autumn?

What can you do to ensure the health of your AC unit in Autumn?

As the cooler weather comes to great us, it’s no surprise that the AC unit in your home, office or work place will get a well deserved break. After you’re done using your AC unit for some time, it’s a good idea to prepare for winter in order to minimise any potential damages. By doing regular maintenance of your air con, you’ll be doing yourself a favour: regular fixes of the unit will extend its life and boost its efficiency output. Not treating your AC the right way can cause considerable costs to your pocket, so in this blog, we’ll give some priceless tips on how you can prepare your air conditioning unit for winter.

Maintaining the AC filters

The most important part of your air conditioning is one of the most simple; the cleaning and replacement of filters. Doing this will ensure that the unit is running at 100% efficiency, as it allows the unit to operate in a clean, clear state. Having a dirty filters that’s causing blockages in your AC unit prevents sufficient airflow through the system, which will decrease the system’s overall level of efficiency. Like many things, if normal airflow becomes blocked, air that passes through the filter can carry dirt with it, which can cause damages the heat-absorbing ability of the unit. You should look to clean or replace (if necessary) the filters on your AC unit every couple of months throughout the cold weather.

Keeping the AC coils clear

It’s not unusual for both the condenser and evaporator coils on the AC to gather a considerable amount of dirt in the time they’re used. Using a clean filter will prevent your evaporator coil from getting dirty too quickly. Overtime, it’s normal for the coil to pick up dirt and this will insulate the coil, reducing airflow and minimising its ability to absorb heat in a proper manner. You can avoid this issue by checking your evaporator coil at least once a year.

Cleaning away the debris

In order to keep the AC unit flowing in a proper manner, you should attempt to keep dirt and debris away from your condenser unit. Potenital sources of blockages can be falling leaves, lawn mower debris and dryer vents. Try to keep the area around of the coil clean, simply by removing all debris and overgrown foliage.

Prepare for the winter

During the autumn months, you should try to completely remove and store away your portable AC unit or securely cover your AC unit in order to minimise damage. If you have an AC unit outside, you should try to cover it, as this will protect it from any debris and weathering perils that winter brings.

Use all of these handy tips to maintain and ensure the continued health of your air conditioning unit!

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BMS Aircon are HVAC specialists, one of the top Air Conditioning Companies across Midlands and UK, leading provider of all types of air conditioning. Based near Leicester, BMS provide services across the entire country in places such as Birmingham, Nottingham, Northampton, Coventry, Milton Keynes and Derby.