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4 Factors That Affect Air Conditioning Performance

Air conditioning plays an essential role in maintaining comfortable living and working environments, especially in the heat of the summer months. However, the efficiency of these systems can have a massive impact on comfort levels and energy costs. At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we offer reliable air conditioning repair for our local clients. We enjoy helping our customers stay cool and comfortable all year, and we want you to do the same. Keep reading to understand the four key elements that can drastically influence air conditioning efficiency.

Understanding SEER Ratings

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Simply put, it is a measure of an air conditioner's cooling output during a typical cooling season, divided by its energy consumption in Watt-Hours. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit is. A system with a high SEER rating consumes less energy, thereby leading to lower energy costs and a smaller carbon footprint. The U.S. Department of Energy has mandated a minimum SEER rating for all new air conditioning units. For central air conditioners, the minimum SEER rating ranges from 13 to 15 depending on which region you live in.

Temperature and Humidity Levels

Apart from the SEER rating, the set points for temperature and humidity within your space play an important role in determining the efficiency of your air conditioner. The "set point" is the desired temperature and humidity level you set on your thermostat or humidistat. Keeping the thermostat setting to an optimum level can help improve efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a set point of 78°F when you're home during summer for optimal efficiency. For every degree you raise the set point, you can potentially save 1%-3% on your energy costs. Humidity levels are another vital factor. Too much humidity can make the air feel warmer than it is, leading to overworking the air conditioner, while too little can cause dryness and discomfort. Most experts recommend keeping indoor humidity levels between 30%-50% for comfort and efficiency.

The Impact of Duct Conditions on AC Efficiency

Ducts are the channels through which cool air is delivered throughout your home or building. Unfortunately, duct leaks are a common issue, leading to a substantial loss of cool air that can make your system work harder than necessary. Hiring an HVAC company for regular duct maintenance, including sealing and insulation, can prevent these energy losses. Obstructions within the ducts, such as dust, debris, or even pests, can impede airflow and reduce system efficiency. Routine duct cleaning can keep these obstructions at bay. Poor insulation of ducts, especially those passing through unconditioned spaces like the attic, can lead to massive energy losses. Properly insulating these ducts can go a long way in improving the efficiency of your air conditioning system.

Do You Need a Professional AC Repair?

If you need help improving your AC's efficiency, or need an AC repair service, don't hesitate to reach out to a reputable HVAC company. Get help from experienced specialists today with one call to the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air. We can help you get your indoor air back to normal while lowering monthly energy costs. Contact our office for more details or to schedule an appointment for your next air conditioning repair or maintenance service.

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