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Air Conditioning 101 for Homeowners

Intro to Air Conditioners

As summer temperatures cool off, kids head back to school to continue their education. For homeowners, it is a good opportunity to be reminded that there are no continuing education courses on homeownership. In order to navigate big decisions that pertain to their homes, homeowners will have to rely on their own information-gathering practices and trust the right contractors to help them. 

This year, take a moment to learn new information about air conditioners. Knowing about air conditioning options and how to spot problems can prevent unnecessary expenditures and make equipment last longer. 

Choosing a New Air Conditioner

There are two main types of air conditioners that can be installed in a home or business: 

  • Central Air Conditioning: This is probably the most traditional type of air conditioning setup. Central AC units work by using refrigerants to “pump” air out of a home. As the cold coolant circulates through the air conditioner, powerful fans blow the home’s air across coils that cool it. The cool air is distributed around the home by ductwork that feeds each room. 
  • Ductless Mini Splits: A newer type of air conditioning system is known as a ductless mini-split AC system. Mini-split systems use the same operating principle as a central AC unit. However, instead of circulating the whole home’s air reserve across a single coil, mini-split systems have individual heads that cool specific rooms or areas. 

Indications That Central AC Repairs Are Needed

hvac Regardless of the type of air conditioner that is present in a home, problems may arise. Recognizing problems early on can prevent the need for emergency services and can prevent problems from spreading within the air conditioner. 

Some of the signs that an air conditioner isn’t working its best can be:

  • Unusual noises like knocking or squealing
  • Inadequate supply of cold air
  • High cooling costs
  • Long cooling cycles
  • Poor indoor air quality 
  • Hot or cold spots around the home

Catching problems early can allow homeowners to prevent downtime by being proactive. When problems are allowed to exist for a while, they become more expensive. So, quick repairs can save time, money and increase comfort. 

Explaining Indoor Air Quality 

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Indoor air quality is an important measurement. With so many people spending so much time indoors, it is important that the air they are breathing be of high quality. Indoor air quality is a measurement of the particulate matter that is present in the air as well as the humidity, whether that is high or low. 

Indoor air can become a harbour for irritants like dust, pollen, and bad odours. These all contribute to poor indoor air quality. When poor air is constantly breathed, sinus problems, infections and worsening asthma symptoms are common results. Keeping clean filters in the air conditioner can help improve the air quality in a home. 

Humidity that is high or low is another aspect of low-quality air. Breathing air with the wrong humidity interferes with the lung’s ability to protect themselves from problems. Proper AC maintenance is key to ensuring humidity stays within the desired limits. 

About Lambert Plumbing & Heating, LTD

For four decades, Lambert Plumbing & Heating, LTD has taken care of Vancouver. Experts are available 24-hours a day for emergency service. Their highly rated customer service is available at competitive prices that are provided upfront. Contact them to schedule AC maintenance in Vancouver, BC.