No country is more dependent on air conditioning than the United States. In fact, 84% of American houses have cooling equipment. This piece of trivia is intriguing, for a large portion of our nation doesn’t experience a hot, humid climate.
Below are some other interesting facts about America and air conditioners.
Central Systems Are More Efficient Than Individual Units
Central AC systems are more costly to operate than their window, wall and portable counterparts. However, any reputable air conditioning repair specialist would tell you that they’re also more efficient to use. Central air conditioning equipment cools larger spaces using less energy, so its operating cost per square foot is much lower than individual units.
This is important information when it comes to choosing the right kind of air conditioner for your home. If you have a big house, you may be better off with a central AC system, whereas if your home only has a few finished rooms that need air conditioning, individual units are probably more suitable.
Most Homeowners Don’t Take Routine AC Maintenance Seriously
Properly maintained ACs can last 40% longer. Despite this obvious benefit, just 42% of air conditioner owners put a premium on regular maintenance.
No, repairs aren’t free, but at least you can plan for them with routine upkeep. Sudden breakdowns will not only translate to surprise expenses, but will also result in a shorter AC service life.
HCFC Refrigerants Harm the Environment
Refrigerant is the most important component of an air conditioning system. This substance absorbs heat from the air and moves it outside, cooling indoor spaces in the process.
The problem is that the refrigerants used over past decades weren’t exactly eco-friendly. CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), which were the standard refrigerant in the second half of the 20th century, are ozone-depleting. HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons), the ones that replaced CFCs, are also damaging to some extent.
The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of banning all HCFCs on the market. By January 1, 2020, an AC that uses an HCFC like R-22 is going to cost more to maintain. Starting next year, technicians will rely on recycled and stockpiled supplies of R-22 for recharging these systems.
Schedule a Timely Air Conditioning Repair in Corona (or Upgrade Your System)
Don’t skip necessary air conditioning repair. Better yet, switch to a newer system with a more environmentally-friendly refrigerant and more energy-efficient components. Call Allison at (951) 356-4224 now to request service or get a free new installation estimate.