The warm weather is fast approaching and forecasts predict that this summer will be just as hot as last year if not hotter! While that’s good news it also means that your home or business is about to get a whole lot warmer, making it uncomfortable and uninviting.
If you’re one of the lucky Vancouverites who has air conditioning in your home or business already then maybe you’ll want to consider having your system maintained or repaired in preparation for summer. If you’re not that lucky then you should consider installing an air conditioning unit in your space to keep cool during the heat.
In addition to cooling down your area, air conditioning units also filter the air within the space and emit clean air which can help to improve your health and safety. The units remove microorganisms, dust, soot and other foreign bodies that can be harmful to health.
Air conditioning units work by pulling air out of your space, filtering it and cooling it before sending it back into your home or business. The filtered air is traditionally cooled down by circulating over a series of cooled pipes called evaporator coils before being sent back into the room.
Typical maintenance and repairs associated with air conditioning units include, cleaning or replacing the filters, checking for leaking refrigerant fluid, cleaning off the evaporator coils, checking the ducts for cracks and leaks and checking the air flow in and out of the unit. It is a good idea to have a technician in to check these areas before the hot weather gets going in full force so that you aren’t left waiting in the heat.
If you’re looking to get a new air conditioner you’ll want to find one with the highest efficiency rating. The most common efficiency rating is called Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). SEER 13 is the minimum rating you should consider however higher rated units tend to be more expensive. Units with a SEER rating of 12 or higher also qualify for the Energy Star rating in Canada.
If you want to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioning unit you can install more insulation or upgrade your windows to keep cold air in and hot air out. Also you can cover windows that get a lot of sunshine, keep windows and doors closed, fix any cracks in your walls or underneath doorways and turn off unneeded electrical appliances.