Most of us know the basics of how an AC system works to cool our home. Your home gets hot, you turn on your AC and the house starts to cool off. There’s not much else you need to know, right? Wrong. When it comes to your AC system, there are more than likely some misconceptions that you have heard and maybe even live by. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about those misconceptions so that you aren’t caught up in them.
Is it Cheaper to Keep AC Running All Day?
It may seem like a money saving tip to turn off your AC throughout the day while you are away. You are more than likely gone for a decent chunk of time, after all. However, when you turn off your AC while out of the house, your home starts to instantly heat up. If your home started off at 74 degrees, by the time you come home from work, it could very well be at 80 degrees. That is a big ask for your AC to cool it off that much. It will more than likely take your AC hours of working around the clock to get your home back to the 74 degrees that you like to have it at. This is hard on your unit, and it will end up costing you much more as your AC will be working overtime. It is best to keep your home set at a certain temperature whether you are away or not. You will save money this way.
Does AC Refrigerant Need to Be Recharged?
Even though many people seem to think that the refrigerant in their AC unit needs to be recharged on an annual basis, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Your AC unit is a closed system. This means that it isn’t constantly burning off refrigerant as it runs. The refrigerant is simply cycled through the system and used over and over again as it works to cool your home. The only time that you will be facing a refrigerant recharge is if there is a leak somewhere. It is important to note that as time goes on and your unit works year after year to cool your home, you are likely going to experience a leak at one point. This is when you know your unit is getting toward the end of its life.
What Happens if You Don’t Service Your Air Conditioner?
There are some maintenance tasks that will help extend the life of your AC system. The biggest one is replacing your filter on a regular basis. Keeping the right amount of airflow in your unit will help keep your system from working overtime to keep your home cool.
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If you are struggling with an AC unit that isn’t keeping your home cool like you are wanting it to, you may have a problem. When you call on the pros at Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning, we will get to work in diagnosing your problem and getting it fixed. Call us today!