Your heating and cooling equipment accounts for approximately half of your household energy costs throughout the year.
Thus, the heavy activity is bound to lead to a lot of wear and tear, which is why it is important to have your equipment inspected regularly.
It is likely that you understand the importance of having annual or bi-annual maintenance for your HVAC system.
The correct maintenance should stop any problematic situations before they become a larger issue, and should also ensure energy efficiency.
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Unlike the common furnace, an air conditioner is a system of great complexity, something which is built on a number of mechanical conditions that must function in order for it to work correctly. Each mechanism is sized to meet a specific size in order to fit the “load” when the build commences. Both the amount of air flow across the internal coils and the amount of refrigerant are both huge factors in the system, and when either one of these fails to work properly, the whole system will begin to develop problems.
If, for a whole host of reason, the indoor heating in your home is at a high level due to the amount of people who occupy the space, the appliances that produce a lot of heat through the use of electricity or simply because of changes in the home, your air conditioning unit may start to falter as it struggles to keep up with the higher levels of demand from your home environment.
Given that the refrigerant charge of the system leaks, which it can, the capacity of the system could potentially begin to lower, depending on how much of this escapes in the process. Given this process happens, the cooling system will actually produce warmer air compared to the cold, so it won’t be able to keep up with the air when it gets hotter.
If the airflow amount across the outdoor coil is reduced, the ability to reject heat to the outdoor environment is reduced, again furthering the chance that the capacity of the system may be reduced, especially when the outdoor temperatures are high.
In dry climates, the same issues can occur when the indoor coil reduces as naturally, higher airflow will help the unit whilst lower airflow hurts the health of the air conditioning. In humid climates, the situation can become more complex as the hot air directly effects the performance of the unit. At higher airflows, there are less amounts of dehumidification, leading to high indoor humidities. If the airflow gets too low, however, the evaporator coil may freeze, which effectively breaks down the unit.
Your air conditioning system will be working overtime in the UK heatwave this summer – follow the BMS Aircon tips to ensure your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) is working at its best:
1. Don’t let your HVAC work more than is necessary. And don’t let your office get too hot before turning it on. It’s key to regulate your temperature so as not to stress your unit. Keep doors and windows closed when your AC is turned on, and keep shades and curtains drawn on very hot days. Avoid having direct sunlight streaming in through doors and windows. As much as possible, don’t operate other heat-generating appliances in the daytime when your AC is going to be working.
2. Replace your air filters on a regular basis. Do this at least once every 3 months. Experts estimate that you can reduce your energy cost by as much as 10% by keeping up on this task. And the cleaner air will benefit your staff’s health as well. Air conditioning energy assessments are often undervalued!
3. Keep your thermostat constant. Changing your thermostat’s setting constantly can result in inefficiency. If you wish you can increase the temperature by a few degrees in the day time while you are away. When in cooling mode, switch on your AC fan to prevent hot or cold pockets from forming. This can also help prevent your condenser from icing up.
4. Keep your outside unit free of dust and dirt. Clear plants and other items from around its perimeter for at least 12-18 inches. Ensure also that indoor vents remain unobstructed to keep air circulation going for industrial air conditioning, this is so important.
5. Schedule regular tune-ups Have a reliable HVAC technician perform maintenance checks on your unit, preferably before the beginning of summer.
For more information and support for your air conditioning, please call BMS Aircon on 01455 552 209 or have a look at our air conditioning website.