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.

Air conditioning has health benefits for the office

What health benefits can air conditioning give to your employees?

As a business owner and employer, it’s your responsibility to provide a clean, comfortable (and most importantly) health environment for your employees to work. Having ineffective air conditioning in your office can cause illness in your employees simply by the chemicals and germs getting circulated around the office.

All of these are avoidable by simply installing or upgrading your existing office air conditioning unit. Doing this could improve the health of your workforce, which will results in fewer sick days, happier staff and potential increase productivity in employees.

When a person feels too hot or too cold, their body uses energy trying to regulate their temperature. This takes energy away from other tasks, such as cognitive functions. If the office air conditioning is too hot or too cold, employees don’t function at optimal capacity and are at greater risk of developing colds, flu, headaches, allergies and other health problems.

An example of air conditioning in the office
An example of air conditioning in the office

When someone feels either too hot or too cold, their body uses up energy in order to regulate the overall temperature of their body. This energy is taken away from other parts of the body, so the person is left feeling tired from the extra energy burn. Given that the air conditioning in the office is too hot or cold, employees won’t function at an optimal level. This increases the amount of risk of employees developing the following:

  • Flu
  • Headaches
  • Colds
  • Allergies

As well as boosting employee health, a good air conditioning system has a number of benefits:

Office air conditioning regulates the temperature so it’s at a comfortable level. Employees in the office will no longer need to wrap up in summer and sweat in the wintertime.

In environments that use pollutants such as chemicals, office air conditioning units can actually remove the harmful air particles, boosting employee health.

An increase in productivity and a decrease in sick days means happier employees as they benefit from healthier, cleaner air.

Air conditioning in the office can prevent the spread of germs and bugs, resulting in boosts for your employees.

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.

What’s the best time of year to install Air Conditioning?

Air conditioning is installed thousands, if not millions, times a year, but when’s the best time to get it installed?

A question we always seem to encounter from those who are curious about installing air conditioning: What’s the best time of year to install air conditioning? Weirdly, the best time of year to get your home kitted out with A/C is winter! You’re more likely to get a better price on your air conditioner in the cold weather, as the slower season means that contractors have a lot of time to install in-between their repair service.

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The Basics of Air Conditioning

What’s the basic of air conditioning? The meaning for air conditioning is simply what is sounds like: conditioned air. This means that the air has been cooled down and cooled down air has a lot of its humidity removed. The lower levels of humidity in conditioned air supply our bodies with the ability of perspiration much more effectively, which in turn allows us to cool down faster and more effectively. Many people believe that air conditioners actually produce cold air, when in fact they actually remove the heat from the air and push it to another place. In air conditioning units, an evaporator coil is responsible for removing any heat found in the air. When air flows through it, the heat is released elsewhere by a coil that condenses the air. In some split systems, the condensing coil is located on the exterior of the home, which allows for the dispossession of hot air more effectively.

Cooling your home

Having central air conditioning installed in your home may give a major benefit to your home cooling system. With the weather currently heating up and causing problems for people across Britain, so having a central cooling system in your home is vital. Central air conditioners are often more economical compared to having multiple units throughout your home, as having a unit work from one central position is way more energy efficient. Also, it eliminates the task of having to remove window units in the colder seasons. If your home is lucky enough to already have a central air heating system, having the remainder of the system installed is an easy job – as most of the air unit is already in place. If your home has a radiant or baseboard system, then you will need a higher level of A/C installation.

What are the costs of air conditioning?

Simply put, the price of air conditioning will change depending on who fits it and offers the service. The fitting of an older home can actually be a difficult task. If you’re not interested in taking out a central air system, you may consider the possibility of installing a number of fixed wall units which can reside in various rooms throughout the house. The wall units in question actually work a lot like window units, yet the need to install and remove these each season is eliminated, which makes this form of air conditioning a much more efficient service.

You should remember that you can change the design of your project in order to match the needs of your home, as this may also lead to more cost effective forms of air conditioning. Another good alternative to air conditioning are ceiling fans, as they are way more cost effective. Homes that are super insulated encounter lower levels of cooling requirements, so keep this in mind if your home is such a build.

New ducts

If your home is one that lacks a central forced air heating system, A/C can still be installed, it is just going to entail more work and expense. These costs will vary by the configuration of your home. Single story homes can be readily equipped from the attic, basement or crawlspace if present. Multi-story homes may need more complex ductwork to span the different levels or have redundant systems installed to be served from multiple areas. Obviously the more intrusive the work the greater the cost. The backs of closets often provide a “chase” that is used for running ductwork from a basement to a second floor. A large portion of the expense of these installations comes from new air-handling systems that are already present in existing forced air-heating systems.

Given that your home is lacking a central air heating system, air conditioning can be installed, it’s just necessary that more work and higher expenses will have to be taken. The costs on how much this will take depends on the configuration of how your home has its layout. Homes that have one story can have an A/C unit installed through the loft or basement, given one is present. Given that the home has two stories, a much more difficult system is required for install. The more intrusive the work needs to be on your home, the greater the cost. A large portion of these expenses will come from the installation process that gives your home a whole new world in the form of air conditioning.

 

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