Comfy Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. Blog : Archive for June, 2019

Your Air Conditioner Can Only Cool So Well During a Heat Wave!

Friday, June 14th, 2019

aerial-view-of-neighborhoodAs summer quickly approaches, we understand how much our customers want the best performance possible from their air conditioners.

Unfortunately, there are some common misconceptions associated with just how to do this. For instance, a lower number on your thermostat does not mean cooler air.

With our recent heat wave, we received many calls regarding air conditioners that aren’t cooling homes below 80°. Central air conditioners are designed to cool air by 15 to 20 degrees below the outside temperature. When you set a desired temperature on your thermostat, that thermostat signals the air conditioner to run its compressor until that temperature is met.

If it’s too hot outside, like it has been recently, then the compressor will continue to run, but it’s just not possible to reach the lowest setting on your thermostat. So if it’s 100° outside, it’s a lot more realistic to set the thermostat somewhere between 78°-80° instead of 70° or below—this is less stress on your air conditioner, which simply can’t reach 70°, and is still much more comfortable than the 100° day outside.

What Else You Can Do

We understand how uncomfortable it is in your home when it’s this hot out. Here are some things we encourage our customers to do to not only boost the efficiency of their air conditioner, but to feel cooler, too:

  • Use fans in the room you’re in along with your AC
  • Close all blinds and curtains in the home
  • Do not run heat producing appliances in the home—i.e. like your clothes washer, dishwasher, stove, etc.
  • Make sure no vents are blocked so nothing is obstructing airflow
  • Change your air filter if you haven’t in a couple of months

Please contact the team here at Comfy Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. with any questions.

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Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Hurt Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 10th, 2019

technician-working-on-air-conditionerIt’s not poor indoor air quality in and of itself that causes damage to your air conditioner, but rather what causes the poor indoor air quality to begin with: dirt, dust, allergens, and debris.

We know you do your best to keep dust and dirt out of your home—a clean home is a happy home! But one thing most homeowners don’t think about is the debris that exists within their air ducts and other interior components of their air conditioner.

Just because your air conditioner’s ductwork and other components are hidden from view doesn’t mean you don’t need to worry about its cleanliness or overall condition. Air conditioners are often one of the biggest investments people make in their homes, and something as simple as dirt and debris can cost them way more than they even realize.

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