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Frequently Asked Questions About Air Conditioners

You may have a couple of questions when it comes to air conditioner ownership. This page is to keep you in the know, and answer some of the questions you might have.

What Size Air Conditioner is Right for Me?

As a general rule you can determine what air conditioner is right for your home by matching air conditioner’s output capacity to your home’s air capacity. You might not know your home’s air capacity off hand but there is a quick method for estimating it. The idea is that it takes approximately 1 ton of air cooling capacity to affect 400 square foot contained room. So take the square footage of you home and divide it by 400, you should end up with an approximation of what you need from your air conditioner.

Who makes the best Air Conditioner?

The answer to this question is slightly more subjective than people would like it to be. With constant developments in air conditioner technology, and different priorities from different brands it is perhaps easier to ask the question “who makes the right air conditioner for me?” Look into popular brands and identify the features that you like, then try and find a model that satisfies all the things that you want.

When should I get my Air Conditioner Serviced?

It is always a good idea to have regular service inspections for the major HVAC assets in your home. Having regular inspections can keep everything running at its most efficient, as well as preventing damage to the system. Either way, keeping your air conditioners serviced results in benefits in the long run. We would suggest having your air conditioner serviced annually.

Can debris get into the Air Conditioner?

Like any machine, air conditioners get gummed up over time. While air conditioners are specifically designed to deal with air filtration and air flow, it will eventually build up dirt and debris in the system. This can really affect the efficiency of the air conditioner, meaning that the system will work harder and use more energy to reach the set temperature. This is why it is important to have annual maintenance, to save you money on utilities and keep everything running at its peak.

What is the Average Life of an Air Conditioner?

There are a couple of factors when it comes to determining how long your air conditioner will generally last. As you would expect, systems that are used frequently last less time than ones that are used infrequently, however the life can be extended through regular servicing. As a rule of thumb, air conditioners from the 1980’s and 1990’s will last approximately 15 years. Current generation air conditioners will last approximately 20 years. Again, this can be affected by how you take care of the system, its frequency of use, and by how often it is serviced.

Ask the experts at Action Furnace for assistance when you are looking into purchasing a new Air Conditioner.

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