Air Conditioning Maintenance | Heating and Air Conditioning
While the air filter may seem to be a fairly innocuous component of the heating and air conditioning system, its function is essential to keeping dirt off of the coil and out of the system. Dirt and dust can coat the evaporator coil, preventing the system from efficiently, or properly cooling your home. Furthermore, when dust finds its way into the moving parts of the system, it creates friction and contributes to wear and tear on the moving parts. This results in premature and unnecessary failure of your home’s heating and air conditioning system. Changing the air filter is the first step in air conditioning maintenance.
Simply stated, the filter is the first line of defense for your heating and air conditioning system. In addition, the air filter assists in cleaning the air in your home by scrubbing dust, dirt, and pollen from the air. The dirty filter you change each month provides the proof of this.
Beyond dirt entering the system, a dirty air filter also poses the problem of increased resistance and reduced airflow. This in turn causes the heating and air conditioning system to perform poorly, increasing energy usage, and risking damage to a system struggling for air. Not only that, but if the filter is too dirty, it starts to become a source of poor air quality in the home itself.
Homeowner’s occasionally will remove an excessively dirty filter without inserting a new one. While this resolves the low air flow problem, it allows the dust and dirt to build up on your evaporator coil and eventually cause it to fail.
Routine maintenance such as changing filters, and keeping air returns, outdoor condensers and heat pumps clear of surrounding weeds, shrubs or other objects, can be handled by most homeowners, but other maintenance tasks require professional heating and air conditioning service.
High humidity leads to more than sticky discomfort and feeling hotter than it actually is. The excess moisture leads to mold and mildew, deterioration of wooden structures and difficulty breathing for those with heart and/or respiratory issues. Modern air conditioners dehumidify as they cool the air in your home. This moisture that is removed from the air is the water that you see draining away.
However, in excessively humid climates the consequential dehumidification that occurs during the air conditioning process may not always be enough to keep the indoor humidity conditions within the recommended 30-50% level.
Excessively hot, humid climates may require a dehumidifier. Even a stand-alone dehumidifier will assist you, though only in the room where located. If you are interested in adding a whole house dehumidifier to your home’s heating and air conditioning system, give us a call.
In addition, it may benefit your home comfort to have a Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning professional check your heating and air conditioning system. An improperly functioning system or one that is too large can result in increased humidity in the home.
A recent study determined 50% of homes were fitted with an oversized air conditioner which cools the home quickly. Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to your air conditioning. Furthermore, if you have recently provided a lot of energy upgrades to your home to make it more efficient, your HVAC system may now be oversized for the home, with humidity issues resulting. A Cypress professional can assist you with this problem.
Household Habits Can Contribute to Increased Humidity
Setting the thermostat fan to the “on” position blows air all the time. Through the cracks and crevices in the home’s envelope, vent pipes and unsealed ducts the moisture that your air conditioner removes is returned to the home from outdoor air. Use fans or turn on the dehumidifier to increase your comfort between cycles. Better yet, seal all of those cracks and crevices where air intrudes around doors, windows, pipes and cables, and ensure the fireplace flue is closed.
Use exhaust fans during moisture-producing activities. When cooking, showering or performing other moisture producing activities in the home, use the exhaust fans to remove as much moisture as possible.
When the outdoors are hot and humid, close all windows and doors and don’t ventilate outdoor air to the inside.
Contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule service for issues with your heating and air conditioning. When something goes wrong, don’t let faulty equipment affect your home’s comfort. Our technicians can quickly diagnose the problem, and provide the repair you need. Our certified HVAC technicians offer experience and expertise in the provision of comprehensive air conditioning maintenance, heating and air conditioning installation, heating and air conditioning repair in Katy, and we service all major brands. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.