Humidity & Your Air-Conditioner

Humidity & Your Air-Conditioner

Humidity & Your Air-Conditioner is what really drove the invention of the air-conditioner. Most people can stand heat, but a hot and humid day is enough to cause medical problems, dehydration and uneasiness. Air conditioning has been the solution.

Humidity refers to the water vapor in air that is invisible because it is a gas. The higher the humidity is, the less effective the body is in cooling itself. Sweating is the body’s way of cooling down and humidity causes the body to sweat less because it decreases the rate of moisture evaporation from the skin.

In short, humidity is what makes you feel uncomfortable while indoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor humidity should be controlled because it can cause problems like growth of bacteria, molds, fungi, viruses, and dust mites. If the humidity level is low, you can get skin irritation, respiratory problems, nosebleeds, and static electricity. It also warps wood furniture, ruins collectibles like stamps, photos, and artwork, and causes the cork of wine bottles to crack allowing the wine to leak out.

The ideal level of humidity for indoor air is between 25 to 55% RH. You can install a hygrometer or temperature monitor to control the humidity levels.

The US Geological Survey has said that the planet has around 326 million cubic miles of water but only 3,100 cubic miles of water can be found in the air as water vapor or precipitation. This would explain why during rains, it feels cooler; the humidity level are less than 100%.

How Air-Conditioning Systems Help

With an efficient air-conditioning system in the house, you can dehumidify indoor as an incidental effect of the main job of an a/c unit to control indoor temperature. If you want an a/c system that can control both temperature and humidity, all you need to do is talk to your local professional.

There is new technology that makes it possible to enjoy enhanced dehumidification, or if you would rather keep your old system, you can refer to them about the best dehumidifier appliance for your indoor space.

Other Ways to Dehumidify

There are other ways to dehumidify that will not require major expense. For instance, you can try the following:

  • Avoid setting the thermostat to “fan” mode because it will suck out all the moisture from the room and then blow it back again into the room.
  • Keep windows closed when using the air-conditioner
  • Avoid using a separate cooling system like an electric fan when the humidity outside is high
  • Install exhaust fans in areas where you do a lot of washing, bathing, and drying of wet items on indoor clothes lines. If you have a dryer, make sure that its exhaust fan is positioned properly.

Finally, check your indoor plants and find out if they are the kind that need a lot of moisture to survive. These plants will help improve indoor air. A few examples are the peace lily, ficus benjamina, dragon tree, and the Chinese evergreen.


When To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

When to Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

You think your air-conditioning unit may be on its last gasp. We ask ourself is this When to replace your air conditioning unit? Well it comes down to this: If your a/c unit can’t cool down a room, you need to either have it repaired or replace it. And you don’t want to wait until you’re sweating in your house, desperate for a solution. So When To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit?

The cost of buying a new unit could seem prohibitive, but repairing isn’t always an option, either. According to a/c professionals, it is recommended that if the cost of repairs is over 50% of the cost of a new unit, it would be better to replace the unit.

The main considerations to study before replacing and installing a new a/c unit include the age, repair costs, cost of a new unit, energy consumption, condition of the existing unit and its cooling capacity.

An air-conditioning unit should last up to 10 years minimum, and even longer if not used daily and maintenance is top notch. Also, if your current unit has been repaired more than twice since you bought it, you could be investing in a losing proposition. You should consider a new unit instead of trying to keep reviving your existing unit. With a new unit, you will enjoy the following:

  • Better technology
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Lower power bills
  • Modern look
  • A new warranty
  • Possible rebates
  • Quieter unit

The Big Question: How Much is a New A/C Unit?

For most people, the idea of buying a new appliance is depressing, even irritating. It could cost you anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 depending on your set-up and not including ductwork. It’s no small decision.

Replacing appliances are almost always never expected and thus not included in one’s monthly budget. It can create an emergency situation – and a cash flow issue – if you’re not careful. According to the financial experts in Moneycrashers, the best time to buy a large appliance is when you are not rushed because the old unit conked out.

This is why it is so important to know the estimated life span of an A/C unit. By the time the 9th year comes close, you should be ready to possibly spend on a new unit. You will get at least a year to plan your purchase and catch sales and enjoy huge discounts.

The best time to buy is when the appliances are considered “off season.” For air-conditioning units, these would be during the cooler months. If you buy towards the end of the year or beginning of a year, you also get the added advantage of deeper discounts from older models or introductory discounts on the latest models.

Finally, never forget to compare prices on air-conditioning units and not rely on published promo rates. You might even find better deals online if you take the time to research all your options.

When To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

Protect the Warranty of Your Central Air-Conditioning System

Avoid These Four Common Mistakes to Protect the Warranty of Your Central Air-Conditioning System

A newly installed central air-conditioning system always comes with a warranty from the supplier, but common mistakes can disqualify you from claiming on your warranty. You may not know it, but unintentional mistakes are not considered exemptions to voiding one’s warranty. Here are a few suggestions on how to take care of warranty and ensure a long and efficient run with your A/C system especially if you live in places where it can get pretty warm and uncomfortable.

Not signing and submitting warranty information

Many companies like to know who you are and have a record of your warranty. If the supplier of your central A/C system is different from the company that installed the system, make sure you comply with the warranty requirements. If you consider this a bothersome task, then it is recommended that you buy your central A/C system from the same professionals who will install it for you.

Forgetting to keep a file on all actions done on the system

From the official receipt for the system to the installation paperwork and anything you buy or have serviced, you should have an organized and detailed record. This will come in handy when you least expect it including if you ever decide to sell your home or part of the A/C system.

Replacing with non-original parts

It’s like a brand new car. You buy original parts while it’s new and under expensive insurance because you know that it’s worth the investment and protection. With a new central a/c system, you should also stick to original replacement part like the filters and stick to the same professional group who supplied and installed your system. This ensures a smooth flow in case you want to claim something during the warranty period. After the warranty period has expired, you should do research on alternative brands for replacement parts if you want. Just make sure they are of the same, if not better, quality than the original.

Skipping required maintenance

Just because a product is brand new does not mean you should be stingy with maintenance. On the contrary, be vigilant and calendar the cleaning and service inspection. This will ensure the warranty is kept intact and you save on higher energy bills by not running a struggling, dirty system.

Finally, follow these basic rules on maintaining your new central A/C system:

  1. Don’t dismiss sudden and unexpected changes in your electricity consumption bill. This could be a sign that your system is struggling and consuming more power than necessary.
  2. Even if extremely hot, do not rush the cooling down of your home. Lowering the temperature will not make your home cool down faster and will cost more to operate. It would be better to set your thermostat, preferably wireless, between 76 to 79 degrees F to avoid incurring high power consumption.
  3. Keep the space around the a/c system free from obstruction. This breathing space of about 18 inches minimum will help your system run more efficiently.
Avoid These Four Common Mistakes to Protect the Warranty of Your Central Air-Conditioning System

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Heater Checkup

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A heater checkup is an essential part of your a/c maintenance.
There are a few things you must know about your heater. If you just had a heater checkup you should have already
smelt the burning smell when the heater was turned on. Many people get afraid of this smell and think it might be
on fire. This burning smell is the dust on the heater that is burning. This smell should go away right away. We recommend that
you get a heater checkup from Air Around the Clock. Don’t forget along with the heater checkup
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Now again this normal because the heater is not used all summer and dust settles on the heater. If you are not sure or have not ran your heater in a long time we would
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