Three Components Of A Healthy AC System

In order to keep an AC system running as smoothly and effectively as possible, you need to make sure that all of the components of an AC system are working properly. A lot of people focus on getting the most efficient AC system that they can afford. This is a good start, but you also have the ducts and your home's insulation envelope to worry about. 

A Highly Efficient AC Unit

When you are looking for a highly efficient AC unit, you need to make sure that it has the right components. For starters, you should look for large condenser coils. The larger the coils are, the easier it is for them to cool the refrigerant running through them. You should also look for a system that has a multiple-speed fan. This allows the unit to tune its output to the cooling needs of the occupants of the house. Multiple compressors will further help the system to attune its output to the cooling demands of the occupants. 

Cooling Ducts

Ducts can develop leaks over time. These leaks will then siphon out air before it has a chance to cool down your home. Leaky ducts can reduce your overall system efficiency by up to 40%. If you can access your ducts in your attic or basement, turn your thermostat to fan, then run a stick of incense along the joint of your system. Use a marker to mark anyplace where air leaking from the ducts disturbs the smoke coming from the incense. Once you have inspected the entire length of the ducts, you can then plug the leaks in your ducts with duct mastic. 

Insulation Envelope

If you have a problem with heat gain, then your AC system may struggle to keep you house cool. For example, UV rays can enter your home and then heat up the interior surfaces of your home. These surfaces will then heat up the air in your home. To prevent UV rays from entering your home, you can use a low-e window film. The right window film can help to reduce your cooling costs by up to 23%.

When you try to keep your cooling costs down, you need to remember that your AC unit is only one part of the system that keeps your home cool. You need to make sure that your duct system effectively distributes the air coming from your AC unit and that you insulation envelope is effectively keeping heat out. For more information and advice, contact an air conditioning service company in your area.