Cooling & Air Conditioning FAQs
How often should my A/C system be checked?
Annual check-ups by a qualified technician are recommended for proper efficiency. Get your cooling system tuned up in the spring. Humidifiers, air to air exchangers, etc. are also serviced during a “tune up”.
Why is my upper floor so hard to cool in the summer?
Ductwork that moves the air throughout your home can be too small or could have been changed since the house was built. A technician can balance the system and with simple changes improve the efficiency of air exchanges throughout the house. If the AC is sized improperly, we often see uneven cooling if it is too small and it can’t keep up, or if it’s too big it will shut off quickly and only the areas near the unit get cooled. New technology gives us terrific variable speed blowers that can improve temperature differences and be easier on your electric bill.
Can I have central air conditioning if I have hot water heat?
Yes. However, it is best to schedule an HVAC certified technician to inspect your particular building and discuss your options.
What is a SEER Rating?
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio) ratings are assigned to air conditioners based on efficiency. The more efficient the air conditioner is, the higher the number.
What SEER rating should my air conditioner have?
Your air conditioner should be a 13 or higher to be a relatively efficient unit.
Can I install central air conditioning in my old house?
Every home is unique. How the cooling system is designed changes from house to house. It is best for an HVAC company to take a look at your home and discuss your options.
It is 70°F outside and really muggy. What I can do to make my house more comfortable?
It is most likely the humidity that is making you uncomfortable. The air conditioner, which relies on temperature, doesn’t run long enough to have a chance to dehumidify. Your options are to turn your thermostat down (which may make you chilly!) or consider a whole-house dehumidification system.
My air conditioner seems really loud. I hear it every time it kicks in. Is this normal?
Ideally, you do not notice your air conditioner when it kicks in. If proper installation practices were followed, and you are still hearing your AC kick in, there may be a problem that requires service.
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