Does The Outside Temperature Affect My AC?

June 8, 2020

The hotter it gets outside, the less efficient your cooling system will be. This is because the product used to cool the air entering your home starts off as a relatively hot gas. If the outdoor air is warmer than the refrigerant, less heat can be transferred from that refrigerant to the outside air.

Does The Outside Temperature Affect My AC?

Humid Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Air Conditioners

Air conditioners are tasked with both cooling and drying the air in your house. The more moisture that is in the air, the harder your cooling system will likely need to work to make your residence feel more comfortable. Furthermore, since humid air feels warmer than dry air, you may choose to set the thermostat at a lower temperature. Generally speaking, this will result in longer cooling cycles that require higher levels of energy consumption.

Cold Weather Can Cause Damage

Running an air conditioner when it is too cold out can cause significant damage to coils and other components within a condenser unit. Ideally, you will not run the unit unless it is at least 60 degrees outside. A professional from Vent Masters in Cave Creek can inspect your system before you turn it on for the first time. We can repair any damage that it has incurred in the months since it was last used.

Older Systems Tend to Be Less Efficient

Central air systems that were installed more than a decade ago are generally less efficient than those produced today. The typical seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating for an older unit is less than 10. Products that have been made in the last few years have ratings closer to 15.

We’re Here to Assist You

The folks at Vent Masters would be more than happy to install new ducts or perform indoor air quality testing in your home. We can also install and service furnaces and other heating system components. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help!

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