Spring is here, and since the hot weather always arrives early in Southern California, you’ve probably already had your air conditioning system running to cool your home. We’ve listed below a few interesting facts about air conditioners that many people don’t know. But this isn’t just trivia. Understanding your AC’s operation, as well as the benefits of newer technology, can help you receive the best performance from it.
Air conditioners do not “create” cold air
It’s a common misconception about most refrigeration equipment, including air conditioners, that they create cold the same way heating equipment creates heat. But what an air conditioner actually does is move heat from one place to another: in this case, removing heat from the air inside a home and depositing outside, thus cooling down the indoor air.
Air conditioners do not use up refrigerant
Refrigerant is the chemical blend that allows an air conditioner to move heat from one place to another. It doesn’t work as a fuel, however, like gasoline in a car or natural gas in a furnace. The refrigerant isn’t consumed as the AC operates, but instead acts as a thermal transference fluid. It evaporates and then condenses, remaining at the same amount. The only way refrigerant levels will drop in an AC is because of leaks… and when this happens, you’ll need to have professionals repair the system.
Current AC technology makes them more energy efficient than ever
How old is the air conditioner in your home? If it is 10 years or more, you should know that advances in air conditioning manufacturing have already made your current model out-of-date. It may be a smart idea to have a replacement put in. For example, variable-speed air conditioner can achieve a huge advance in energy-savings. And if you qualify for the HERO program, you can find an affordable way to have a new energy-efficient air conditioner to replace your old one.
JW Heating and Air is a HERO Program-approved contractor offering service in Lakewood, CA and throughout the Greater Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Valley areas.