Air conditioning facts.
The calendar says that it is not quite summer yet. But, the temperature may beg to differ. Pools are officially open and the mercury is rising higher and higher in thermometers around the country. We don’t have to tell you that it is important to make sure your air conditioner is in good shape for the cooling season.
Every day during the summer, chances are you will come in contact with at least one air conditioned room, car, building, etc. The use of air conditioning just keeps rising and rising. But, how much do you really know about those boxes that sit outside? Here are five air conditioning facts that you may not have known.
When air conditioners were first introduced, they were perceived as a luxury item. It wasn’t until the 1960s that you can actually see a widespread use of central air conditioners in homes.
There is more than one type of air conditioner. If you’ve spent any time on this site, you’ll notice that there are many different home cooling options – from packaged to split, air conditioner to heat pumps.
Air conditioner efficiency is measured in SEER. SEER stands for the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is defined as a unit’s cooling efficiency over the course of a season of use. Higher SEER = greater efficiency.
You should turn your thermostat temperature up when you go out of town. This is in place of turning the system off all together.
On and off cycles actually consume the most energy. It’s actually a better idea to keep your air conditioner running longer at a lower operation speed than constantly turning the unit on and off.
For more air conditioning facts, talk to your local heating and air conditioning specialist.
Did you know these things already? What other things do you think are neat about air conditioning units?
Thanks for mentioning that when air conditioners were first introduced, they were perceived as a luxury item. You also said that there’s more than one type of air conditioner. I think it’s important to choose an HVAC contractor that is in good standing with the BBB.
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