This Summer, Be Sure to Keep Track of Your AC Efficiency

Maximizing AC efficiency means more than just minimizing cooling expenses. An air conditioner that meets the manufacturer’s efficiency specifications also tends to provide optimum cooling to keep the indoor environment comfortable in hot summer weather. Air conditioners operating efficiently incur less wear and tear and typically require fewer repairs, too, as well as provide longer service-life expectancy before replacement is needed.

Regular annual preventative maintenance by a licensed HVAC contractor is an important defense against low efficiency. Likewise, getting prompt professional service is critical should you notice warning signs of efficiency issues. As another Indiana summer comes on strong, keep track of AC efficiency by staying alert to these potential issues.

  • Poor temperature control. If actual indoor temperatures don’t match thermostat settings, this can be a sign that the system’s cooling efficiency is lagging. Potential problems might be as simple as a clogged air filter. Other malfunctions are more systemic, however, including leaky ductwork or an aging air conditioner that simply no longer provides adequate cooling capacity.
  • Short AC cycles. In average summer weather, an air conditioner should cycle on two to three times per hour for an average of 15 to 20 minutes per cycle. In unusually hot weather, cycling may temporarily be more frequent. If you notice the AC cycling on and off more rapidly on a consistent basis, however, this can be a warning sign of efficiency problems, including insufficient airflow due to a clogged filter, a low refrigerant charge caused by leaks, or an air conditioner that is improperly sized for the home.
  • Increasing costs. You’re probably quite familiar with your “average” monthly cooling costs. However, if you’re receiving higher bills and other probable causes have been eliminated — such as recent heat waves or utility-rate increases — declining AC efficiency may be a culprit. A checkup by a qualified HVAC technician can identify incipient problems behind higher bills and suggest effective adjustments or repairs to bring monthly costs back in line.

Stay ahead of AC efficiency issues with manufacturer-certified service by Paitson Bros. technicians. We’ve been Terre Haute’s go-to source for HVAC sales and service since 1922.

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