Your Central Air And How To Care For It


Central air conditioning is a great choice for your homes air cooling needs. It will distribute evenly cooled air throughout the house in an efficient manner. However, there are some things you should know about the system to ensure you know how to keep it working as good and efficiently as possible. The information here will help you to know what you need about your central air:

The design of your air conditioning system

The air gets drawn in in the system: The system will have an air vent with a filter that the air is drawn up into. Once it's drawn in, it will be sucked through the ducting and directed into the compressor located on the home's exterior.

The air gets cooled: The compressor has coils that get cold. The air will run over them and this will cause it to drop in temperature to match the desired setting. As the air gets cooled, it will then be moved back through ducts where it will be put into rooms throughout the house by way of small vents. The vents are usually located at the top of a wall in each room or on the ceiling. Each one will have a lever that allows you to direct the air toward different areas of the room.

You adjust the temperature with a thermostat: The thermostat will differ from model to model with older models being controlled by small knobs or buttons or levers and newer models being digital. You can turn the system on and off here, as well as turn it to fan only.

The proper care and maintenance of your system

Keeping your system running correctly is fairly easy to do, but there are a few things you do want to keep up with.

  1. Make sure to check on the compressor regularly and clear out any growth or trash that is within a couple feet of it.
  2. Listen to the compressor to make sure you don't hear rattles or bangs. If you do, call out an HVAC tech to check it for broken or loose fittings and parts.
  3. Keep the filter clean so your system doesn't suck in a lot of dust or fight to get air into the system. Check it every month or so, more often if you have pets or live in a dusty area.
  4. You can point the vents in different directions, but don't shut any of them off. If you do, this can cause stress within the system and lead to leaks and other issues.

You should make taking care of your air conditioning a top priority when it comes to maintenance with your home. However, if you suspect problems, don't hesitate to contact a professional who specializes in air conditioning repair


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