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Class Is In Session: Air Conditioning 101

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Let’s Start With the Basics

The need for homeowners to know more about their AC units is vital to the upkeep of their homes. Let’s get back to the basics of air conditioning. HVAC professionals want to cover topics like the different types of ACs available, signs an air conditioner needs repair, and maintenance. All of these topics are important for homeowners to be aware of to keep their ACs running efficiently, so save this article for later! That way, you can easily reflect on this information when needed! Let’s dive in and cover the topics of air conditioning 101!

These Are the Common Types of ACs

ductless mini splitThe two most common air conditioning systems on the market today are central air conditioning systems and ductless mini-split air conditioners. The main difference between these two types is that central ACs have ductwork that goes through the entire home. The ductwork is out of sight of those in the house, and the air flows through it. Central ACs are also controlled by a single thermostat. The thermostat controls the temperature throughout the entire home.

On the other hand, the ductless mini-split air conditioner doesn’t have ductwork. This system works by having a small unit in every room or zone of the home. Each unit has its own remote to control the temperature for that area of the house.

Central air conditioners are convenient because smart thermostats can now control the temperature in the home, so the homeowner doesn’t have to. Ductless mini split systems are more energy efficient, leading to lower utility bills, but their installation is typically more expensive than central AC. So, it’s up to the homeowner’s preference and what a professional thinks would work best with the home's architecture.

These Are the Common Signs It’s Time For Repair

higher energy billsOnce homeowners have their air conditioning system for a while, they may start to notice signs of the system not working as well as it once did. When the AC system begins to show some of these signs, it might be time for a repair or the unit to be replaced.

Here are some of the signs to watch out for:

  • The system makes strange sounds it didn’t use to make
  • The energy bills have gotten higher for seemingly no reason
  • The system is blowing warm air
  • The home doesn’t stay as cool as it used to
  • The system remains on all the time
  • The system has trouble turning on and staying on
  • The AC seems to have more problems than it used to

When homeowners notice any of these signs, they should call in a professional to take a look. The professional will be able to tell if a repair will fix the problem or if a replacement is inevitable.

Maintenance Tips

Just like with anything else, maintenance for air conditioners is not only recommended. It’s a must! Professionals recommend that homeowners have their system maintained by a professional at least once a year; twice is preferred, with one visit being for the AC and the other for the heater.

Professionals check the entire system from head to toe to ensure that nothing is wrong, but there is something that homeowners can do on their own time to help maintain the system also. Homeowners should change the air filter at least once every three months to keep the system working efficiently until their next maintenance appointment!

Walker Plumbing, Heating & Air Is There!

Walker Plumbing, Heating & Air has over 20 years of experience serving the community of St. George, UT, and the surrounding areas. They provide straightforward pricing, same-day service, and 24/7 live answer. Call them today for air conditioning services in St. George, UT.