Q: How often should I have my air conditioning system checked?
A: We recommend that you have your ac system checked at the beginning of Summer and Fall. This will prolong the life of your air conditioning system and keep it running smoothly and efficiently in both the summer and winter months.
Q: What is the most efficient thermostat setting for air conditioning?
A: The best setting is the highest temperature at which you are comfortable. We recommend 77 degrees when you’re home and 80 degrees while you are away. As a rule, raising the thermostat setting just two degrees will reduce cooling costs by five percent.
Q: Will ceiling fans help cool my home in summer, and should I run them constantly, even when my air conditioning is running?
A: Ceiling fans can help make the home more comfortable, either alone or in combination with your air conditioner, by creating more air movement, which makes the air feel cooler. But remember that they do not actually cool the air, so there is no point in running them in unoccupied rooms or when no one is at home.
Q: How often should I change my the filter?
A: We recommend that you change the air filter of your ac system at least once a month. Your air filter helps to keep your duct system, motor, coil and air cleaner. A good way to remember to change your filter is when you get your monthly electric bill. If your filter is not changed, your electric bill could increase and you run the risk of damaging your system.
Q: What do the air conditioner efficiency ratings mean?
A: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a system for rating the efficiency of air conditioning equipment. The higher the SEER rating, the less your unit will cost to operate. SEER ratings range from 13 SEER (which is the lowest possible efficiency air conditioner product that is manufactured – and thus is the unit which uses the most energy to operate) to over 20 SEER (the most efficient manufactured air conditioners which uses the least amount of energy).
Q: Is it normal to have refrigerant added to my system every year?
A: No. If an air conditioning system is installed properly, the refrigerant should not leak out. If you need to have your system ‘topped off’ every year, it is usually an indication of a leak or some other malfunction in your system that needs to checked thoroughly.