Depending on where you live, having an AC unit can be an added luxury to make home living absolutely perfect when the temperature begins to rise, or it can be an absolute Godsend and virtual necessity if you live in an area where temperatures soar in the summer months. If you depend heavily on your AC unit, then regular maintenance will become even more critical, as will setting the whole system up to operate as efficiently as possible.
One area often missed when it comes to AC efficiency is good attic ventilation. Get this right and not only will you improve the performance of your AC unit, but you will cut your fuel costs and increase the unit’s lifespan into the bargain.
Apart from a six-monthly or yearly service, regular changing of air filters and a good cleaning of all the ducting from time to time, there is one area in particular where, at A&E Air Conditioning and Heating, we have identified the biggest improvement can be made to the efficiency of your AC unit, and that’s the attic.
In hot periods, the attic of any home will become hotter than any other part of the home you live in. If there is next-to-no ventilation, then that heat can easily reach 130 degrees Fahrenheit, and that heat can leak back down into your home. In addition, as AC ductwork frequently runs through attics, the air being drawn into your AC unit will be twice as hot as it need be, putting more strain on the AC unit itself.
If you are unsure about the level of ventilation in your attic, why not give us a call and ask us to pop over and have a quick look for you. If you haven’t had your AC unit serviced for some time, we could attend to that at the same time too…