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.
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
Studies have shown that air conditioner maintenance will extend equipment life. Air conditioner maintenance, when done properly, will keep equipment running efficiently and effective throughout its useful life. There are some things you, the homeowner, can do. And, then there are other things that require a trained service professional. Both are important. The Homeowner’s Role in A/C Maintenance There are several things that you, as the homeowner, can do for yourself. Most important, remember that every air-conditioner unit has moving parts and high-voltage (240 V) electrical components that can be dangerous. Except for the panel specifically designated “filter access”, never remove any panels from your air conditioner equipment for any reason.
We begin the new year looking forward to a few months of cooler weather – a welcome respite from the sweltering summer. So why think about air-conditioning? There are three main reasons let’s look at them today: Air conditioning should be part of your New Year planning If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you should factor at least some AC repairs into your annual budget. The air conditioner that needed major repair last year will likely need replacement in the next year or two. An older air-conditioner that has been repaired is likely to have increased repair costs in the future. A planned replacement will avoid this costly trap. A great