Should You Run Your AC 24/7?
Keeping a home cool during the dog days of summer in Mississippi can be an arduous task. The best way to get the performance and reliability needed from an AC unit during this time of year is by having it professionally maintained. Most homeowners are confused when it comes to how much they should run their unit, due to the large number of misconceptions out there about this subject.
AC Performance and Expectations
One of the first things you need to understand is that the size of the AC unit installed will help to determine how it works. When a 5-ton air conditioner is in use, it does not mean that when you turn it on, it produces five tons of cooling. What this means is when the AC runs for a period of one hour, it will remove five tons of heat from the home.
Generally speaking, when an AC professional determines your home’s cooling needs, they will look at the maximum outdoor temperature for the area – in Mississippi this is 95 degrees – and then recommend a unit with the capability to remove 20 degrees of heat from this maximum temperature. This means, if it is 95 degrees or more outside, and the thermostat in your home is set at 72 degrees, but it is still at 75 degrees, then your unit is working as well as it possibly can.
Taking Advantage of the Tools at Your Disposal
Instead of running a unit all day long, you need to focus on using the tools at your disposal that can help keep the temperature inside of your residence cool. This will help to minimize the wear and tear on your unit. Buying a programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to control the temperature in your home. Also, if you notice the AC unit is not performing as it should, check the filter. Replacing this may help to restore the unit’s efficiency.
If you are in need of more advice on how to keep your home cooler without spending a ton of money in the process, then contact the team at Environment Masters. Call (601) 353-4681 to speak with a knowledgeable member of the Environment Masters team.