Ed Newmans from Newmans Air Conditioning shares tips to keep your AC running smoothly…
What are some things most people may not know when it comes to their AC?
- Your unit should be inspected and tuned two times every year – in the spring and fall to allow for maximum efficiency and longer shelf life. That’s why we offer a cheaper maintenance program. As an example, let’s say your AC gets shot out and you need work done; it will cost you significantly less if you are on our maintenance program versus having the part or unit replaced altogether.
- Do NOT block any vents in your home. People place couches and all kinds of things that cover up vents. The vents in your home circulate the air throughout, so this only limits the ability of the AC to function properly, which increases your utility costs.
- Why you shouldn’t turn your unit off.It’s Florida — it’s freezing at night or in the morning and then it is crazy hot during the day. You turn it off in the morning before you go to work, and by the time you get home, it’s 85 degrees in your home. The work your unit has to do to get it down even ten degrees is a lot of work in a short amount of time.It’s like asking for a repair or a new unit.
- Hot things near your thermostat – TVs, fridges and other kinds of equipment emit a lot of heat and will provide the stat with false readings and run up your utility bill.
- Stress out with outside air! Leaving your windows and doors open with the AC running is an uphill battle for your unit. What some people don’t know is your AC doesn’t just cool you off, it removes the humidity from the air. We all know it is humid in Florida! Your AC is stressing with outside air coming in. Same with exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom that pull out conditioned air.
- Ceiling fans are your unit’s BFF. ACs were not designed to replace ceiling fans — they were meant to work together as a team to circulate air throughout the home.
- 78 is great! Know that this is the temperature you should set your thermostat to. Any degree above or below equals at leasta 4 percent increase on your utility bill.
- Noises and odors. Always call an HVAC pro if you hear any knocking or squealing from the units inside or outside your home. If you smell mold, gas or anything funky after you turn the AC to heat and vice versa, you need an HVAC pro to come check it out before you spend a cold winter or hot summer in your home.
My unit is too humid in the summer and too dry in the winter — what’s up?
- You might be having leaks in the air ducts. Only a creditable HVAC professional would be able to tell, but we have the best technology to test those things and make the best decision for the family in the home. It’s Florida! It’s hot! And we care about people’s comfort.
And SEER ratings, what are those?
- SEER calculates the amount of cooling output versus energy input, aka what costs or saves you money during the hot and cold seasons. If your unit is over 9 years old, it doesn’t meet current SEER ratings. They don’t even allow ACs to be produced at the SEER rating your old AC unit currently produces; current SEER ratings are 13 at minimum, but if your AC is 9 years old or older, you’re looking at a SEER rating as low as 6.