The Importance of Regular AC Service and Proactive Repairs


AC Service

Many people do not understand the importance of having systems within buildings maintained and inspected on a regular basis, but the truth is that it is important to do this. It is particularly important with air conditioners, although people may not be aware of this. Even if you don’t notice any problem with the air conditioner in your commercial or residential building, it should be serviced at least once every year, ideally in the springtime. The purpose of this is to ensure that the air conditioner is operating at the highest energy efficiency possible, so that it is capable of doing its job and cooling your building down when you need it the most in the summer.

While your HVAC system is running, it will accumulate dirt and dust in areas that are instrumental to its efficiency, such as the air filters and condensing coils. If this is not addressed, the system can lose 5 percent of its operating efficiency every year due to the build-up. This may not seem like a major problem, but it can mean that your air conditioner is not as capable of cooling your building down as it would be if it were at its peak efficiency. This leads to you cranking it up higher and having to pay more for air conditioning when you could have saved a great deal of money by simply having it serviced.

Additionally, if you are having your air conditioner serviced on a regular basis, it is more likely that problems will be caught early on. As is the case with just about anything, it is easiest to fix a problem with AC when it is in its early stages. If the system is being serviced regularly, a technician will likely noticed any beginnings of any problems and notify you of them, so that they can be addressed right away rather than when they start to really cause noticeable issues for everyone in the building.

Of course, if you are noticing issues with your air conditioner, you should have it repaired at that time too. Rather than attempting to repair it on your own, you should contact a trained and licensed technician to tackle the job. If you do not have any experience with this type of job and try to go at it on your own, chances are that you might actually make the problem worse and end up having to pay more to a professional when you do bring them in.

Although it may seem like an unnecessary hassle, having your AC system serviced regularly can actually end up saving you a great deal of time, money, and stress. This is because being proactive can help you address problems when they are still small and manageable rather than waiting until they are out of control. In addition, it will be good to always be up-to-date when it comes to the status of your system and how well it is working.

Air Conditioning Installation for Commercial and Residential Properties


When the summer heat overcomes your existing air conditioning (AC) system, replacing the system seems daunting. Finding a reliable company to provide and install a new AC system requires some research unless you have purchased a home or commercial warranty that covers that system. The warrant most likely will refer you to a contracted company.

 Looking for a company to install a new system means you need an HVAC company. What does HVAC stand for? It means heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. AC systems are tied into the ventilation system in your home or office so it does more than just cool the air. Fresh air return and intake are part of the process and it ensures that the air does not get stale inside.

 The ventilation ducts carry both heated and cooled air so it is important to find a professional HVAC to make sure a new AC unit works with the existing ventilation network.

 Square footage to be cooled: it is important to know the square footage to be cooled in order for the contractor to recommend strong enough machinery. AC systems come in many sizes so make sure the unit can easily handle the square footage.

 Location of the unit: Will the AC compressors be inside or outside? Again, different units are available for both inside and outside units. These are heavy and contain fans that spin at a very fast rate so it is also important to make sure these are not readily assessable to small children or animals.

 Fresh air return: How often does the home or office ventilation system completely replace the interior air with fresh, outside air will impact the AC unit as well as interior air quality. The more often fresh air is drawn in, the more often the AC will turn on to cool the new, hot air.

Filtration: The type of inside duct filtration can impact the efficiency of the AC. Heavier, allergen filters can increase the pressure needed to blow air through the ducts and filters also keep particles from going back into the compressors. Filters in the ventilation system need to be clean and checked on a regular basis for build-up.

 Wiring: The AC unit needs to be able to operate off the existing wiring system. Power levels are standardized but still need to verification as part of the installation.

 Drip pans: AC generates condensation so, if inside, a drip pan and drainage system needs to be present and in good working order. Outside units need to drain as well but are not as complex since it can drain to the concrete slab underneath.

 Controls: The thermostat wired to the AC unit needs to be connected. Setting reasonable cooling levels for the climate will impact the longevity of the unit. In hot areas where days will be 100° or more, try not to set an extreme low setting.

 An HVAC company will check the systems noted above during the install to ensure the new AC system works well.

Air Conditioning Maintenance for Commercial and Residential Properties

Air Conditioning Installation

Keeping cool in your home or office makes everyone feel better and can be essential to physical well-being. If you live in an area like Houston, Texas where most summer days reach 100° or higher, air conditioning (AC) is necessary. It may seem that once an AC system is installed, that is all that needs to happen. The system will run and maintain the temperate set.

 On the contrary, regular maintenance will extend the life of an AC unit and keep it running efficiently. Here are some areas to inspect at least annually for maximum AC performance.

 Filters: Filters in the ventilation system are important to eliminate allergens and other particles from circulating in inside and back to the AC fans. Over time, the particles caught in the filter build up and make the AC unit work hard to force the cooled air through the ducts and into the living and working spaces. Change out filters often especially if it looks gray or black.

 Grates: The grates holding the filters or covering an air duct can also develop a build-up of dust and other particles. Vacuum these grates monthly. Any build-up of materials in the system will force the AC unit to work harder. If the unit works too hard for too long, it will break down.

 AC coils: These are essential to the system and benefit from a gentle cleaning at least once a year. Do not take apart the unit to find the coils; just use a soft brush to remove debris or build-up around the unit. Do not use a pressure washer on an AC unit because the strong wet spray will damage fan blades or other delicate interior parts.

 Obstructions: Check the system part for obstructions. This is important for inside and outside units. If any outside unit is screened from view by shrubs, trees or other greenery, make sure the plants are trimmed back well so nothing rests on the unit or blocks air flow to the unit. If you can access inside units, periodically check for dust build up or to make sure items stored around the unit do not rest on it or block any openings.

 Thermostat: If you have a programmable thermostat, change the settings to match your schedule. If everyone is out of the house during the day, raise the temperature so the AC does not work as hard to keep an empty house cold. For an office that is empty at night, change the temperate setting so the AC does not work all night. Also, avoid setting an unrealistic temperature goal. If it is 110° outside, setting the AC at 60° will put too much strain on the unit.

 Leaks: Check windows and doors for leaks or poor seals. Hot air leaking in will make the AC work harder.

 Annual check-up: Many AC professionals offer an annual maintenance check to inspect the AC unit and ventilation system. It can be worth the cost to ensure the unit is working well.