Spring Is In the Air:
Most homeowners take their HVAC and air conditioning equipment for granted. Truth be told, modern, sophisticated heating pumps and A/C unit can robustly withstand a lot and keep their efficiency. But even the best machines out there will degrade. An average A/C unit, for instance, might lose five percent of its capacity annually. Thus, say you built your home with a 14 SEER unit A/C several years ago. Today, that unit might only function at 10 SEER capacity.
What Goes on During a Yearly A/C Checkup?
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America recommends that A/C owners adjust the belts, examine the compressor’s amp draw, fill up coolant (if necessary), add oil to the fan motors, clean out the condensing unit coils, and change filters. Your technician may also suggest that you improve the air flow in your house by, for instance, trimming bushes and trees near the A/C’s outside unit (to avoid blockage) and search for creative ways to improve air circulation in your home to avoid wasting energy.
During hot summer days, you can also reduce cooling costs by:
- keeping your windows closed while the A/C is running;
- tolerating a little more heat during extremely hot days;
- staying hydrated;
- keeping the shades closed to block out the sun from heating up your home.
If you need help tuning up, repairing, or maintaining your air conditioning, heating or ventilation systems, connect with the time-tested team at B.A. Morrison. Call us at 510-538-9817, or visit us on the web at www.bamorrison.com. Our HVAC and A/C service professionals can help with all aspects of installation, replacement, and even remodeling.