• Joseph Harris

What You Should Know About Your Air Conditioner


Air Conditioning Unit

The majority of homes in warm climates have air conditioning. While it might be considered a luxury for some, those in southern states consider their HVAC systems an absolute necessity. With the expense of a system and its operating costs, you owe it to yourself to learn a bit more about your system as a means of ensuring you get the most bang for your buck. Read on to see how you may optimize your air conditioner use, even on those sweltering and sultry days:


What is air conditioning?

The phrase “air conditioning” was first coined in 1908. In order for a system to be considered an air conditioner, it has to:

  • Maintain suitable humidity levels

  • Supply adequate ventilation

  • Efficiently cool all parts of a structure

  • Efficiently filter out particulates and toxins from the air as it cools

How does my system work?

The primary focus of your HVAC system is to filter heat from the inside of your home outside, cooling indoor air. An AC blows cool air into your home as air is moved over cold pipes called evaporator coils. Evaporator coils use refrigerant to cool surrounding air, and regulating its temperature is done by a compressor.


What does BTU mean?

Before air conditioning systems were invented, any interior cooling was done by using huge blocks of ice. The term BTU refers to a British Thermal Unit, a unit of energy. A ton of cooling is defined as being able to deliver 12,000 BTU’s of cooling, and this is the measurement that all air conditioning systems are stacked against as you determine the size that will work best for your home.


What can go wrong?

An HVAC system is a complicated network of complex mechanical systems that depend on optimal conditions in order to work correctly. If a unit is not working efficiently, is too large or too small, or other factors like pollutants and improper filtration complicate its function, your unit could break down. Keeping your unit in optimal condition is an essential part of maintaining your home’s comfort, no matter how hot exterior temperatures get.


What does an AC filter do?

Replacing your AC filter regularly is vital to keeping its clean and efficient function. As an AC filter does its job, it gets loaded with dirt, dust, and debris that would otherwise clog up the evaporator coils. The more clogged a filter is, the less efficient airflow is in and around evaporator coils.


Maintaining the system

While you can handle some aspects of maintenance, there are maintenance procedures that a trained HVAC technician should only handle. Find a trusted HVAC professional to perform regular maintenance on your system, and you’ll save valuable time and money as it cools your home.


How do I increase my efficiency?

Regularly clean and maintain your air conditioner to improve its function. Assess your unit regularly to ensure that any deficiencies, leaks, or issues are corrected in a timely manner. If your unit is near the end of its lifespan, talk to your HVAC professional to ensure that you can replace a unit with a high Energy Efficiency Rating. Efficient systems can save you a few extra dollars when you need them most.


Choose the right size for your home

Reduce your cooling load and minimize stress on your unit by picking the right unit for your home. Consider improving its efficiency by adding insulation, shading windows, or finding and fixing air leaks. Improvements like these will help reduce your energy costs, and they will also help reduce your carbon footprint overall.


Tropic-Air Conditioning: Keeping you cool and comfortable year-round!

At Tropic-Air Conditioning, we know how important it is for you to maintain a comfortable home year-round. Dedicated technicians, knowledgeable sales professionals, and a commitment to your satisfaction drive us to find the best cooling solutions for you and your family. Contact us today to see how we can help improve your HVAC system efficiency; visit https://www.tropicairfl.com/ for more information.