Residential Air Conditioning FAQs: What You Should Know

The air conditioning system is considered a staple in every modern-day home. While it may be considered an unremarkable component that runs in the background, it’s actually quite an  investment. Given its important role in keeping your home both comfortable and energy efficient, you’ll want to learn all that you can about it. By so doing, you’ll better understand how to get the most out of its service life and performance. Let Above Air Inc., a trusted residential and commercial AC company in the area, help you with this. Below are the answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions about air conditioning.   

What types of air conditioning systems are available today?

If you’re planning to get a new AC system for your home, you should base your choice on the size of your home and your specific needs. For instance, consider packaged central air conditioners if your home has limited space. This is because it comes with the evaporator, condenser and compressor all “packaged” together in a single cabinet. There are also split AC systems if you want something different. They’re the most common type available, typically consisting of an outdoor unit and an indoor unit that moves cold air through your home using a network of ducts. 

Another exceptional option is the ductless or mini-split air conditioning system. It looks similar to a central AC system because it also includes an indoor and outdoor unit. Unlike the latter, however, a mini-split system doesn’t require ductwork to cool your home. Regardless of which you choose, you should only work with a premier residential AC company like Above Air Inc. to ensure timely and efficient installation.

Is it necessary to keep every window and door closed when the AC is on? 

You do need to make sure all exterior windows and doors are closed while the air conditioner is running. Otherwise, the system won’t be able to distribute conditioned air properly throughout your home because some of the air will escape outside.

How can you tell if there’s something wrong with your air conditioner?

Some of the warning signs of an AC problem are noticeable, while others aren’t. Does your air conditioner make unusual noises when in use? Most options that don’t have a noise filter generate a slight hum when they’re running, but any banging, clattering, whining or rattling noises should prompt a comprehensive checkup from a trusted HVAC professional. The same goes if you’ve noticed your AC is blowing warm air while in cooling mode or the unit is exhibiting uneven cooling performance. 

How big should my new air conditioner be?

The size of your new AC will depend on the size of your home. If you have a large home with a small air conditioner, the system will struggle to keep things cool and comfortable on hot days. On the other hand, if the AC unit is too large, it will cycle on and off too often, wasting a considerable amount of energy. What’s more, it won’t be able to reduce the humidity inside your home, creating a warm, stuffy, uncomfortable environment. Consult a reliable HVAC repair and replacement company like Above Air Inc. and we’ll help you explore your options and decide on the right size of AC system to suit your home. 

What’s the standard life expectancy of an air conditioner?

With proper, regular maintenance, your AC unit can deliver great cooling performance for up to 15 years. 

What can you do to make your air conditioner last longer?

Proper upkeep goes a long way toward ensuring your air conditioning system works the way it should while also minimizing wear and tear.  Here are some of the things you should do:

  • Make sure there are no rugs or pieces of furniture blocking the vents and registers and  obstructing airflow.
  • Replace your air filter at least once a month to prevent the build-up of dust and debris.
  • Check for leaks or blockages in the ductwork.
  • Clear the area around the condenser unit of shrubs, bushes, tall grass and debris.
  • Keep the condensate drain clean.
  • Watch out  for signs of a refrigerant leak.

Most importantly, schedule a regular maintenance checkup from Above Air Inc. Our trained and certified HVAC crew will keep an eye out for the early signs of AC problems and deal with them promptly.

Turn to Above Air Inc. for all your air conditioning needs. With our high-quality HVAC solutions, we’ll keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient all-year-round. We proudly serve Deerfield Beach, FL, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (954) 341-0816 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.