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Stay Cool This Summer with the “SET IT AND FORGET IT” Rule

“Set it and forget it

Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and leave it alone. It’s much easier for your AC to control humidity when it’s left to a set temperature.  Every time you turn the temperature way up or turn the thermostat off, your AC needs to work overtime to dehumidify and get your home back up to a comfortable temperature. Not only does this increase the wear and tear on your system, but will result in higher energy consumption as well.

Understanding your central air conditioning system

We are all familiar with our air conditioner being the large square box at the side or back of our house. However, your central air conditioner is a system with many components. Everyone knows their furnace or air handler is what heats them over the winter, however not everyone realizes the same blower motor that gives you heat in the winter also cycles your cool air in the summer. As you can see from the diagram, there is an evaporator coil above the furnace(normally hidden in your duct work). That evaporator is what the cold refrigerant is pumped through by the outdoor unit or condenser. Your furnace fan motor is forcing the warm air in your home across the cold evaporator coil in your duct work. The cold refrigerant absorbs the heat from your home and rejects it outside. If your furnace filter is dirty, there is less warm air blowing across your evaporator coil and therefore less cool air being cycled in your home. Likewise, if the outdoor condenser is dirty or covered by bushes, it is unable to reject as much heat from your home.

Letting Your Air Conditioner Rest

In these hot months, you may have had your air conditioning running none stop. To help expand it’s lifespan and keep it’s efficiency up, give it some resting time. You can usually find how often and for how long you should let your air conditioner rest in it’s manual/guide.

An Easy Way To Extend Air Conditioning Into Your New Home Addition

 

We all love our home, and sometimes, this love entails adding a completely new addition so we can love it a little bit more – whether it be a patio, guest room or a new rec room for you and your friends to watch the playoffs.

If the room is located on a warmer side of the house, you wouldn’t think twice of having to heat it, but it is easy to overlook the fact that it will probably need to be cooled. Now, if you haven’t installed some form of air conditioning, you’re in luck because you can go ahead and install one for your entire house, including the new room.

However, if you have a pre-existing central air conditioning system, extending that system can become a real chore. Additional ductwork can lower your ceiling with a bulky duct system, which is not only not aesthetically pleasing but a completely unpleasant experience. When you install new ductwork, you have to work around the current system and conditions, and the materials used might not be accessible for additions.

If you decide to go down this road, you’ll need to not only locate and get into your current ductwork, but somehow access it in such a way as to extend it. Then, you’ll have to find a way to make sure both cool and hot air (if your furnace is incorporated into the duct system) does not pass by the new passage. A fan or boaster might need to be installed to force air flow through the new passage, and you’ll have to check to make sure your current heating and cooling systems have the necessary power to cool or heat your home’s addition.

If your addition is something more of a guest house or indoor garden shelter, expanding your current system is virtually impossible. Unless you have the expenditures for a second air conditioning unit, another method that may work best for you – in terms of energy and cost efficiency – is known as a ductless mini split.

A ductless mini split is made up of an outdoor unit, and usually one – but sometimes multiple indoor units. The indoor unit is placed high up in the room and is remote controlled. What’s wonderful about them is if you have multiple units in separate rooms, you don’t have to adjust one unit for multiple room comfort – rather you can adjust a single unit for that specific room. To put it simply: you can have comfort the way you want it. Some models even work backwards, so to speak, allowing a room to be heated on an otherwise cool night.