5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your AC

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An air conditioner keeps your home cool when you need it to. That’s all you need to know, right? Sadly, that answer is a resounding no. There are many things you should be aware of when it comes to your AC unit’s maintenance and performance.

Here are just five of the common things people don’t know about their air conditioner. Take note so that you can be a better, safer homeowner.

  • That leaking unit isn’t normal.

Some people are under the impression that a little bit of leakage near your unit is to be expected. In reality, that leak is probably indicative of a larger problem with your HVAC system or the unit itself. Everything from dirty air filters to improper installations can lead to leaks, so if you’re concerned about the excess water, contact an HVAC professional immediately.

  • Dirty air filters can compromise your family’s health.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has calculated that most families spend as much as 93 percent of their time indoors. That means that most of your life is spent breathing in the air that’s circulated by your HVAC system. To ensure the air your family is breathing is safe, it’s vital that you change the system’s filters on a regular basis.

Ignoring dirty air filters isn’t just gross; it’s dangerous. The buildup of pollen, fungi, bacteria, and allergens can cause:

  • Feelings of fatigue
  • Coughing and sore throats
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Congestion and wheezing
  • Asthma problems
  • Illnesses

Do the right thing and protect your family by removing or cleaning your filters regularly.

  • Your HVAC needs professional maintenance before summer starts.

When you go on a long road trip, you take your car to the shop for a tune-up, just to be safe. Treat your air conditioner with the same attention. Before you crank up the cold air in the hot summer months, you should schedule an inspection with a certified, highly-trained HVAC expert to ensure your system is up to par and that there are no underlying issues.

  • Closing your vents can actually damage your HVAC system.

Many homeowners and renters are under the impression that closing some air vents can save you money. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Closing vents can make your air conditioner work harder and increase the pressure in your air ducts, which then leads to higher costs and more wear and tear on your system.

  • Air conditioning units can dehumidify the air.

An indoor AC unit typically leads to air condensation, which then drips to the drainage system underneath it. In most cases, this dehumidifying process is a good thing. Mold and fungi like to grow in moist areas, so when your air conditioning removes some of the moisture, your home becomes less conducive to growth.
However, during the winter, the dehumidification can cause dry skin and other issues because the season is less humid in general. That’s why many people invest in humidifiers for certain parts of the year.

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Does your AC unit need an inspection or repairs? The experts at Robert B. Payne, Inc. are here to help with everything from tune-ups to emergency breakdown fixes. We give you the price up front so that you’re never surprised. Learn more or schedule your appointment today by calling us at 540-373-5876. We serve Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the surrounding communities.

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