Overall, Americans spend at least $22 billion every year for air conditioning, which goes to show just how important it is to everyone that they keep cool and comfortable no matter where they may be. If you have a cooling system in your home, you probably spend a lot of time making sure it is properly functioning so you can enjoy that cool and comfortable atmosphere. However, there could be unseen forces working against you that make it harder and more expensive for the AC you have to do its job efficiently. Take a look at a few of the problems that can compromise the effectiveness of your home cooling system.
You have the wrong size AC for your home.
Maybe your house was expanded after the installation of the cooling system you now have. Perhaps, you did not have the right size AC to start with. In any case, having a central cooling system that is not appropriately sized for the size of your house can mean the system will work way too hard to do what it is expected to do, and it will likely never be able to cool your home effectively. A few signs that your AC is too small for your home would be:
- Your cooling expenses seem higher than what would be considered typical
- Your AC runs all the time; never seems to kick off for a break
- Your house is warm even though the thermostat is set at a low temperature
You have issues with your ductwork.
The duct system that carries forced air throughout the house is just as important as the AC itself. If there are problems with the ducts, you will lose a lot of the cold air before it gets where it needs to go. A few common problems with ducts include:
- The ducts have damage due to pests
- The ducts are leaking air around joints
- The ducts are old and have small perforations throughout
Your AC is in desperate need of a cleaning.
Just like it is important to occasionally clean other things so they will function properly, like your oven or your washing machine, it is also important to clean your central air conditioning system. The inside of an air unit can collect a lot of dust and debris that bypasses the filter and gets trapped. Occasionally, it is a good idea to pull open the access door on the unit and clean out any dust you see with a vacuum.
For more information, reach out to AC companies like Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc.