How to Maximise Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

Although air conditioners were once seen as a luxury, they’ve become a necessity to beat extreme heat.

Unfortunately many people forget that their air conditioner needs regular maintenance and care to stay optimally efficient. If you feel your air conditioner isn’t performing as well as it could be, there are a few things you can do to optimize its efficiency:

  • Regulate the cool air in the room with the help of a fan to reduce the stress on your air conditioner.
  • Seal windows and doorways to keep cool air from escaping, and hot air from entering the room. This includes sealing air leaks in windows, as well as adding insulation to your basement and attic to save energy and keep your air conditioning unit from working overtime.
  • Prevent direct sunlight from heating up the room by installing thick blinds and drapes to keep the harsh rays out.
  • Seal the air conditioning ducts to prevent cool air from escaping through leaks and poor connections.
  • Dirt and debris on air filters can reduce an air conditioner’s efficiency. Change the filters regularly to maintain their optimal performance.

Maintaining an air conditioner is easier than you think, and if you follow these simple tricks you may even be able to extend the life of your current unit.

If you’ve tried all these tricks and your air conditioner still doesn’t seem to be working to its full potential, then give us a call at (519) 245-5945 and ask about our air conditioner repair services today.

How Do Humidifiers Work?

A humidifier’s job is to increase indoor humidity levels in order to make dry air feel more comfortable. The water vapor levels in the air we live in and breathe usually drop in the wintertime due to the fact that cold air holds less moisture than warm air. This is usually exacerbated by the use of heaters to keep us warm. This lack of humidity can dry out our mucous membranes and our skin. In addition, lack of humidity can actually make the air feel more frigid than it really is.

There are several types of humidifiers:

· Evaporative humidifiers are the most common, are self-regulating, and use a reservoir of cold water, a wicking filter and a fan.

· Steam humidifiers, often called vaporizers, utilize boiled water that turns into steam and is released into the air. They are quite simple and inexpensive.

· Impeller humidifiers use a rotating disc for flinging water onto a diffuser, which then breaks down the water into tiny droplets that humidify by floating into the air and looking like fog.

· Ultrasonic humidifiers utilize a vibrating metal diaphragm that creates drops of water, producing a cool fog with no noise.

· Evaporative humidifiers utilize a wick system made up of a foam or cloth wick that draws water from the unit’s reservoir, which is then blown by a fan into the air.

De-Humidifiers

De-humidifiers do just the opposite of humidifiers: they remove moisture from overly moist air that can cause health, mold and mildew problems. There are two types of de-humidifiers:

·A cooling dehumidifier basically uses a fan that pulls in the air like a vacuum cleaner. When that air goes through the dehumidifier, it passes over the cooling coils and the air temperature is lowered.

·Other de-humidifiers use an absorption or mopping action rather than refrigeration. They mop water from the air, squeeze it out and then blow the dry air back out without the moisture.

For more information on humidification and other HVAC services, contact Premier Heating and Cooling today. 519-245-5945.