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The Top 3 Things That Affect the Efficiency of Your AC

The manufacturers of air conditioning systems do their best to make very efficient components. However, many factors within the home limit how well those systems condition the air inside a home. This article discusses the top three things that can lower the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Use this information to conduct regular maintenance and air conditioning repairs on your system so that it functions at peak levels.

Leaky Ducts

Ducts transport conditioned air to all parts of your home. Leaks disrupt this process because conditioned air escapes into spaces where it is not helpful, such as in the attic where the ducts are located. The best way to keep leaks at bay is to seal all joints in the ducts. You should also have the entire system inspected by a professional on a regular basis, such as once a year. Such an inspection will reveal any leaks or damaged components. The HVAC technician can perform needed repairs before your AC suffers further damage.

Wrong Refrigerant Levels

The performance of your AC can also be hampered by the presence of too little or too much refrigerant. When the refrigerant charge is too high, it limits the space (inside the AC components such as the condenser) available to conduct heat transfer from the air inside your home and that outside the home. A low refrigerant charge makes it hard for the system to dissipate the heat (or cold) effectively from the air inside your home. The refrigerant charge can go below the recommended level due to a leak in the system. You need a professional to check the refrigerant charge and restore it to the level recommended by the manufacturer of the system.

The Wrong Air Filter

You may wish to improve the indoor air quality in your home by installing a more efficient air filter. That filter may do a better job of removing contaminants such as mould spores and pollen, but it could also constrict airflow within the air conditioning system. The airflow situation may get worse when the filter is clogged and you take long to clean or replace it. You can avoid this problem by selecting a filter that will not have an adverse effect on airflow. The supplier can help you in this regard.

Many of the defects above can be avoided if you involve a professional during the installation, maintenance and repair of your AC system. Contact an HVAC technician near you and sign a service agreement with him or her so that you can enjoy optimal AC performance.