Under normal conditions, you shouldn't have to add refrigerant to your HVAC system. The refrigerant doesn't get consumed – it travels in a loop through the system, absorbing heat at the indoor evaporator coil, and releasing it at the condenser coil into the outdoor air. When there's an HVAC leak, you may be able to detect it by these telltale signs:
Your air conditioner blissfully tempers the blazing summer sun with a cool blast of air. But did you know that the cold, comforting air could harm your skin? Let's take a closer look at the negative A/C effects on your skin.
Air conditioner sizing is a critically-important consideration when you're planning to purchase new cooling equipment. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), an A/C's size needs to match the space it's going to cool. An undersized A/C will run for extended periods, use a lot of energy, but won't cool your home's interior sufficiently for comfort. An oversized air conditioner will only run for short cycles, so it won't dehumidify effectively or cool your living space efficiently.
We've grown accustomed to checking out reviews whenever we want to go somewhere or buy something. And most of us admit to being swayed somewhat by those reviews, because if it's on the internet, then it must be right. Right?
Giving some thought and preparation for guest house comfort before you have summer visitors will ensure that they’ll find your home as comfortable and inviting as you do. People tend to acclimatize to different temperatures and what’s comfortable for you may not be for someone else. Should the guest space be separate, you’ll find innovative and versatile ways to keep it comfortable.
The first thing most of us do to make sure our home comfort level is acceptable is check the thermostat, but there’s more to it. It’s a combination of humidity, air quality and the responsiveness of the HVAC system to alter the actual air temperature and our perception of it.
A portable A/C makes home cooling mobile. These units are mounted on wheels for transport and sized to fit through interior doors in residences so they may be easily re-positioned anywhere in the house. Most models can serve as both temporary spot coolers bringing quick comfort to any space in the house, or adapt to a more stationary role in a dedicated room, substituting for a conventional window air conditioner.
It won't be long before the heat and humidity arrive, and you'll be turning on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortably cool. Before you reboot the A/C and start using it consistently, be sure to take these steps:
What do you know about refrigerant? You're probably aware that there is refrigerant in your air conditioner, but you may not know much more about it than that. Understanding what refrigerant does, why it's important to handle it properly and changes in rules regarding the use of different types of refrigerant can help you save money by avoiding problems.
Here are some things to know about refrigerant.
Are you planning a party this summer? Whether you're organizing a bash to commemorate the Fourth, a family birthday fete or just a fun event to celebrate the season, keeping your guests cool without sending your energy bills skyrocketing is an important consideration. Here are some ideas on how to keep your guests comfortable at summer parties without breaking the bank:
Experiencing an A/C freeze is a sign that your cooling system needs immediate attention. The causes are usually easy to fix and won’t take long, and the sooner you take action, the sooner the A/C can resume cooling.
Normally, a properly functioning air conditioner makes occasional pops, hisses, rattles, and a quiet hum that shouldn't be a cause for concern. However, if you notice a loud humming or buzzing noise, your unit is probably malfunctioning. Several issues can cause a humming air conditioner. Let's take a closer look at them along with their solutions.
Air conditioners, like every other piece of equipment in your home, have their span of days and then it's time to replace them. Fortunately, they do last a long time — on average, 10 to 15 years. In fact, the age of your A/C system may be one key indicator that it's time for to replace it.
A defective A/C condensate drain is a common cause of water damage inside homes. Condensate is simply water vapor condensed into liquid by contact with the cold evaporator coil in the A/C’s indoor air handler. Whenever your air conditioner is running it’s producing condensate — as many as 20 gallons on a humid day. As long as everything’s working right, the condensate is collected and diverted away down a line into your household drain system. If something goes wrong, however, gallons of water may end up spilled into your home — often before you even realize there’s a problem.
Shopping for a new central air conditioning system for your home is no picnic, but you can make the task a lot simpler — and easier on your pocketbook in the long run — if you take advantage of air conditioner ratings that show how efficiently an A/C converts electricity into cooling.