One of the signs you are ready for air conditioning replacement is that it no longer cools and dehumidifies. Cooling alone is simple – snow and ice have been used for cooling since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians and tribal peoples of the Mideast and on our continent had strategies for keeping dwellings relatively cool. Early Mechanical Cooling It was in 1851 (that’s right, before the Civil War) that a patent was issued to John Gorrie of New Orleans for an “Improved Process for the Artificial Production of Ice.” For decades, the ice produced by Gorrie’s process was used for industrial cooling and refrigeration. But a need arose that called for new innovation.
Some people wonder why we emphasize filter changes as an important part of air conditioning maintenance and air conditioning service. Here are a few reasons: Filter Changes Save Money Year after year, studies demonstrate that filter changes reduce the cost of air conditioning maintenance and minimize the cost of air conditioning repair. Dust accumulation is a major cause of AC maintenance and repair issues. The right filter, with a scheduled AC maintenance program, will certainly extend the life of air conditioning equipment and prevent unnecessary breakdowns. Filters Remove Some Serious Stuff As children, we wondered at the tiny particles that danced in sunbeams. What a letdown to hear what Wikipedia has
When I go to my local “big box” home-improvement store, I am strangely drawn to the aisle where they sell air conditioning filters. Sometimes I am educated (or amused) by the vast assortment of AC filters. And, I am often distressed as I see people leave the store with an inexpensive filter that will cost them hundreds of dollars in AC repairs in the future. Let’s look at a few things that will help you make the right choice from the dozens available: Begin with a Good Fit Nearly every AC system is designed with a track for the filter. It may be in the blower unit, the ductwork or a grille. The
When it comes to the operation of your home, AC unit efficiency is often at the top of the list of concerns. In South Florida, home AC is more a necessity than a luxury. Thus, it is important to strike a balance between personal comfort and burdensome utility bills. More than 40 years after the Arab oil embargo and mile-long lines at the gas station, efficiency remains a buzzword of American life. New automobiles and air-conditioners are designed to much higher efficiency standards than they were several decades ago. We will chat about AC unit replacement in Jupiter in our next blog. Today, let’s focus on what can be done with your existing AC
An AC filter change is one of the most effective things you can do as part of your AC system maintenance. Most filters are readily accessible, and the process is homeowner-friendly. Simple, but a few tips will help you do it like a pro. Locate the Filter Panel Filters are in one of three places: At a Wall or Ceiling Grille Wall and ceiling grilles have screws or latches to release the louvered center allowing it to pivot open to reveal the filter. If in the ceiling, be especially careful as parts can easily swing suddenly and cause injury. SAFETY FIRST – Always exercise ladder caution. Behind a Panel on