Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Tips to Manage Your AC During Summer/Winter

An air conditioner (AC) is a two in one appliance. During the hot summer season, the AC is supposed to cool the indoor temperature to the comfortable level. And during the cold season or winter, the AC should reverse the circuit and make the room to a comfortable temperature.



Technically speaking the compressor unit compresses and expands the refrigerant to attain cooler outlet. On the contrary, in a heating circuit in an AC the expansion and compression take place.
Irrespective of the circuit is set for cooling or heating, the energy consumption is high, compared to most of other equipment in the home or office. Similarly, you may adjust the temperature to 70 degrees during the cold season. Few judicial but simple steps would help a substantial saving in the electricity bills. A good compromise between the ambient temperature and the temperature of your comfort zone is the key to an economically viable situation.

A programmable thermostat which shall adjust the temperature according to ambient condition should be an ideal choice in conserving energy. The filter is another part which will affect the performance. Regular cleaning and replacement of the filters are highly recommended.

Inspection and predictive/ preventive maintenance of the entire unit by a certified professional once in a year is ideal. The average life of an AC unit is around ten years. Hence replacing the whole AC unit in ten years is better.

 The ducts also need to be checked for leaks and cleanliness. The windows and doors should have hermetic sealing. Even replacing old less efficient windows with better designs should be useful. The sun control film is an ideal way of increasing the efficiency of AC.

Added air circulations with a ceiling or a pedestal fan will be useful in power reduction. This addition is better in summer especially. The insulation of the attic for centralised air conditioning should be perfect. The direct sunlight to your home, especially the glass doors and windows increase the load of the AC.  Planting of trees and shrubs around the house would reduce the ASC load substantially. Install inexpensive foam gaskets behind the face plates of all electric sockets and light switches.

The whole system should be maintenance friendly. At the same time, that design should be simple so that even the non-technical person can do some mirror services in an emergency situation, following the above steps as well inventing your system depending on your experience would help in energy saving in winter as well as in summer. And whenever the extra load is added by way of rooms or persons, adequate care should be done in upgrading the unit.

 You can enjoy the comfort without putting a hole in your pocket with a little planning and home work. Ultimately, the management of your AC boils down to cleanliness- clean filters, clean ducts and clean energy

If you are looking for more effective ways to manage your AC through the year than we recommend you to keep your air conditioning system serviced by any good AC repair company. One such company is climate control inc. Climate control provides AC repair in portland and nearby areas. So if you belong to any of the nearby areas of portland then dont forget to give them a call.