Air Conditioners: Things You May Not Have Known
Though air conditioners are a major part of modern life, they hold many secrets few people know about.
Luckily, our team at Western Sales & Services is ready to spill the beans.
Air conditioners have come a long way since they were first invented. Present-day AC units use 30 to 50 percent less electricity to create the same amount of cooling as their 1970s predecessors, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Advances in the past 10 years have been significant. In fact, by switching out your decade-old AC, you could subtract 20 to 40 percent from your utility bill.
But wait—we’ve compiled even more fun facts! If Jeopardy! ever makes “Cooling” a category, and you’re a contestant, we want to help you answer with confidence. You’ll make your friends back in Alabama proud.
Read further to learn six staggering secrets about air conditioners.
Your AC Does Not Create Cool Air
AC units pull heat and humidity out of the air, flushing it out through the outdoor condenser and condensate drain. Your AC cools down your Birmingham home by subtracting hot air—it doesn’t actually add anything.
Who Invented the Air Conditioner?
In 1902, New York engineer Willis Carrier drew up plans for a humidity control device. For years, Carrier was pining for a way to control indoor climate. Then, one day on a foggy train ride through Pittsburg, an idea came to him: he could subtract humidity from air by moving it through water to make fog.
We Need Our AC for More Than Just Home Comfort
Refrigerators, computers, modern shopping centers, and countless other everyday luxuries would not be possible without Carrier’s invention. The ability to control indoor climate changed the game, paving the way for generations to come.
Your AC Is Great for Indoor Air Quality
Less humidity means less mold and mildew, which can trigger respiratory symptoms for allergic residents. Your central air system also contains a static air filter, which catches irritants like dust, debris, pollen, and dander. Because of these features, running your AC can improve indoor air quality (IAQ).
You Need to Change Your Air Filter!
Remember to change your filter every 90 days or so—or clean it once a month if you have a ductless system. Over time, dust particles clump and begin to stifle airflow. This can make your equipment overwork itself, leading to higher utility bills and even damage overtime. A bit of diligence goes a long way.
Seasonal Maintenance Is a Must
Give your AC some TLC. With the hustle and bustle of summertime, many homeowners forget to schedule their seasonal maintenance visits. During a maintenance call, one of our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) specialists can identify hidden issues and correct them before they turn into costly repairs. You’ll greatly reduce the risk of a breakdown on a sweltering summer’s day.
Need Cooling Service? Call Western Sales & Services
Located in Birmingham, AL, we have a team of HVAC experts ready to meet your heating and cooling needs. To set up an installation, repair, or maintenance visit, call 205-787-8674 or simply request service online.