6 Common AC Questions for Home Owners

We love our air conditioners in Central Florida, especially in the summer. So, it makes sense that homeowners would want to make sure they are doing everything they can to take care of their AC systems. Today we’re covering reducing utility costs, temperature regulation, air filters, tune-ups and ultraviolet purifiers. Our goal is to answer your AC questions.

Here’s Our List of the 6 Most Common AC Questions Homeowners Ask

How can I reduce AC expenses?

Running an air conditioner is often a necessity, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay unnecessary utility expenses. Besides making sure you keep windows and doors closed there are several things you can do to keep the cold air in your home.

Reduce AC Expenses by:

  •         Checking insulation
  •         Using a smart thermostat
  •         Having routine maintenance performed on your HVAC system regularly

Why is my air conditioner leaking?

If you see water dripping from your AC system, first check the condensate pan. Debris and mold build-up can clog the drain and condensate pan if you aren’t performing regular maintenance on your system. You should also check your system after a strong storm.

Dripping water from your AC system will happen more often in summer because of the humidity in Florida. Read more about air conditioner leaking here.

Why do the room and thermostat temperatures not match?

Often times, in residential applications, ductwork isn’t balanced properly for the most efficient air flow.  This can be especially true if your home has ever undergone an addition or if you live in an older home. Because of this, you’ll tend to have “hot and cold” areas in the home. Your thermostat sensor measures the room’s temperature, but its reach only goes so far. Your most accurate readings are in the rooms closest to the thermostat sensor. If you find that your home has these “hot or cold” areas, or your rooms furthest away from the thermostat are warmer than other parts of your home, it’s time to consider having an HVAC contractor inspect or balance your ducts. Improving airflow in your home can decrease the time your AC system runs which will also lower your utility bills.

When should I replace my air filter?

It’s important to remember that your air filter is valuable to the overall health of your AC system. Your filter catches grime and dirt and prevents it from entering your home. Once the filter is full, it can decrease the function of your air conditioner as well as become a hazard to the equipment if not replaced. Make sure to check the lifespan of the filter as well as your HVAC system’s manufacturer guidelines to determine how often you should replace your air filter.

Do I really need an annual tune-up?

When you don’t regularly clean your HVAC system, it will need to work harder to regulate the temperature in your home. This will cause your utility bills to rise and HVAC parts to wear out faster.

A tune-up should include:

  • Full cleaning and inspection of each piece of equipment, including coils, cabinets, and blowers.
  • Filter replacement.
  • Lubrication all moving parts, bearings, etc.
  • Cleaning and clearing of all drain lines.
  • Checking and recording all operational data, temperatures, pressures, amperages, safety devices, etc.
  • Comparison of recorded data immediately to manufacturer’s specs to verify units are operating at their peak and efficient performance.
  • Informing the owner of any deficiencies and if desired, providing copies of all equipment task sheets.

How does an Ultraviolet Air Purifier help with Indoor Air Quality?

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is an effective way to kill or deactivate harmful microorganisms and improve air quality. Ultraviolet air purifiers are perfectly safe for people and pets and are widely utilized by water filtration companies and hospitals.

Ultraviolet air purifiers are inexpensive, safe, and easy to install, making them the most compelling solution to the air quality issue plaguing most homes. They are easily installed and reasonably priced.

Ball Building Services is a distributor for PremierOne ultraviolet air purifiers. We have a solution to fit every home. Contact us to learn more about installing your ultraviolet air purifier today.  We service the Tampa Bay area and Central Florida to provide quality, affordable heating and air conditioning services to both commercial and residential clients.


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