Plumbing tips from A1 Choice Plumbers in Kelowna & West Kelowna
Central air conditioning systems can be an expensive investment, but well worth it in the midst of the heat of an Okanagan summer.
Most systems are designed to last around ten years providing your home with climate control at your fingertips. For optimal efficiency, A1 Choice Plumbing and Drain suggests purchasing an air condition system that is energy-efficient, or energy star rated to provide optimal comfort in every area of your property. The key deliverable of your system should be to reduce humidity levels (which is the contributing factor to the discomfort of heavy summer heat), and lowering the property’s temperate to a level that your family can enjoy daily activities through and rest comfortably at night with.
With experience in the industry, the professionals at A1 Choice suggest considering replacement of the heat pump, or air conditioner that is more than a decade old. The trade off for replacement value? When installed by a trained professional, a high efficiency air conditioning system can save up to 20% off your heating and cooling energy costs. Another tell tale sign your system may be close to retirement is if your equipment requires frequent repairs, or your energy bills are beginning to climb. But how to tell if your unit even needs a repair short of complete failure? If you are beginning to notice some locations in your property feel too hot or too cold, improper equipment operation, duct problems, or inadequate insulation could be the culprit. At A1 Choice Plumbing and Drain we provide repair services 24/7 with no overtime charges and no extra fees associated with holidays or emergencies.
If you currently have an air conditioning unit and are wondering how to make it more efficient, we recommend considering how well it cools and keeps your property’s interior at your desired comfort level. Like most components of a residence, the life of the unit and general operational wear can combine to reduce your systems efficiency but can be combated by the following tips. Never underestimate the effects of proper maintenance. Regular preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure your air conditioner is working effectively and efficiently. The trained HVAC professionals at A1 Choice Plumbing and Drain have experience to spot problems before they occur, saving you time, money, and the potential to be left without climate control on the hottest day of the year. Routine preventative maintenance extends the equipment’s functional lifespan and ensures you are getting the most out of your investment. We also cannot stress enough the importance of changing air filters. An imperative action with home ownership, this small step will help ensure your HVAC unit is provided clean filtered air and will have to work less hard to provide you the comfort you need. We recommend monthly filter inspections as there is no hard and fast rule for when filter replacement is required. Factors such as location, climate, and frequency of use are all determinants that can make your filter fill up faster, or last longer than others. And lastly, rely upon the other improvements in your home to work in tandem with your AC unit. The use of a ceiling fan or programmable thermostat can take the burden off of your air conditioning system and work collaboratively to keep you comfortable year round!