Now that summer is in full swing, your air conditioning is probably working overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable despite the harsh heat. But how much do you really know about your trusty HVAC unit?
Let our HVAC specialists at J & M Air Conditioning & Heating share a few quick facts about this wonder of modern cooling technology.
Early Air Conditioners Used Ice
Ice was the main heat-absorption method used in early versions of air conditioning systems. Now, we use refrigerant instead, but some of the terminology used during that time carried over to today. This is why we often refer to cooling loads and capacities in “tonnage.”
Different Air Conditioners Perform Different Functions
When air conditioners are discussed, many homeowners think that there’s only one type. In reality, there are probably dozens of different air conditioning systems performing all manner of functions in various different facilities. Air conditioners can vary by their size, which is to say their capacity, or the method by which they cool down the air.
Air Conditioner Efficiency Is Measured in SEER
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and is a standard used to determine how much energy an air conditioner consumes in one cooling period. Unlike furnaces, which use AFUE, air conditioners don’t use gas or oil. As far as SEER goes, the higher this number is, the more efficient your unit will be.
Don’t Turn Off Air Conditioners
There’s a prevalent misconception that when you’re out for the day, you should turn off your system completely. Actually, starting up the air conditioner from an ‘OFF’ state consumes much more energy than simply leaving it running on low power while you’re away.
Keep Your Home Cool This Summer With Our Professionals at J & M Air Conditioning & Heating
Learn more about air conditioning systems from our HVAC specialists at J & M Air Conditioning & Heating, your trusted local HVAC service provider. Give us a call at (951) 663-4895
or fill out our online contact form to schedule a service appointment and request a free estimate on new installations today. We serve homeowners in Riverside and all surrounding areas.