Air Conditioning Tips

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When you are installing a new programmable thermostat, make sure find a good location where it can accurately measure the temperature inside your home. Your professional HVAC contractor may help you a lot to with properly placement of your thermostat, because your thermostat only knows what the temperature is in the area surrounding it. That’s why placement is so integral to functionality.

For example, installing your thermostat near an exterior door can dramatically affect how it works, as the opening and closing of the door will change the ambient temperature in the immediate area, regardless of temperature in the rest of the house. It will not read your indoor air temperature accurately and you may experience uneven heating and cooling.

For the same reason, it’s not recommended to place a thermostat near windows. This is only one of the reasons why, when it comes to HVAC installation and maintenance, you will need the guidance of a professional who’s able to draw upon years of experience and training.

The thermostat should also be located where it is not affected by heated or cooled air blowing from the registers. It should be mounted about 5 feet from the floor to get a good average reading from floor to ceiling. Warm air rises so temperatures in your home will naturally be warmer toward the ceiling and cooler at the floor. An incandescent light bulb can raise the nearby air temperature several degrees and affect your thermostat’s temperature reading. The same is true for the sun.

Finally, mount thermostats well away from exterior doors and windows and away from kitchens to avoid inaccurate readings.

It’s better, before you paint a picture of how your home will look upon completion, down to the placement of thermostats and light switches, you should contact an HVAC contractor in your area.

Why AC Coils Freezing-Up?

You may notice your cooling system doesn’t feel like it’s working adequately, and when you go to check, find that your air conditioner unitis covered in ice.

Below are several common problems that can cause your air
conditioner to freeze up:

  • A dirty filter
  • Anything that restricts the air flow over the coil surfaces can disrupt the balance of your system and cause icing.
  • Low refrigerant
  • Refrigerant leaks or low levels of refrigerant can make the cold coil too cold and allow moisture in the air to freeze and accumulate.
  • A dirty coil
  • When you first turn it on, are turn just the blower on you get good airflow.
  • Temperature
  • Faulty thermostat or thermostats that are set too low can cause an air conditioner to run constantly, which can eventually drop the temperature of the condenser below freezing.

What can you do if your air conditioner freezes up?

  • First, turn off your air conditioning system completely off and let it defrost.
  • Next, clean or replace any dirty filters and remove any visible dirt or obstructions.
  • Open all registers completely and make sure furniture or draperies are not blocking them.
  • The next thing, call an Air Conditioning Professional.

Your system will need to be inspected to ensure there are no refrigerant leaks or damage to your equipment.

Regular maintenance on your air conditioning system helps you avoid many of these problems.

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