Simple Answers to Your Air Conditioner FAQs


Now that the temperature is on the rise, you’re using your air conditioner more and more. This means that the more you think about it, the more questions you’re going to have.

We’ve laid out a few of the most common air conditioner questions that we get all the time, and provided some answers that will help you out this summer season.

1. What Size Air Conditioner Should I Have?
2. How Do I Know If I Need a Tune Up or Repair?
3. Is It Important to Clean My Air Conditioner?
4. Where Did Air Conditioning Come From?
5. How Long Should I Have My Air Conditioner?
6. Are There Ways for Me to Save Money on Air Conditioning?
7. What Does TCS Stand For?
8. What’s the Ideal AC Temperature?

1. What Size Air Conditioner Should I Have?

Size definitely matters when it comes to keeping your home properly cool in the hot weather. The size of your air conditioner is decided by the size of your home.

You may be wondering; “shouldn’t I just get the biggest size available so my home will cool down faster?” This is a common air conditioner question, with a somewhat surprising answer.

If you live in home with multiple bedrooms and family areas, then a big air conditioning system will be the way to go. But if you live in a smaller home and install the biggest air conditioner on the block, you’ll run into problems. Your AC will be constantly turning on and off, and won’t lower your indoor humidity levels.

On the other hand, if you get an air conditioner that’s too small for the square footage of your home, it will be unable to handle the space and will be ineffective.

We avoid these problems by accounting for several factors, including:

  • Square footage
  • Air handler flow capacity
  • Sun exposure
  • Home layout, including ceiling height

If you aren’t sure how big an air conditioner you need, get in touch with our professional team. We’ll evaluate your home to match you with a perfectly-sized system.

2. How Do I Know if I Need a Tune Up or Repair?

If your air conditioner is not properly maintained, it can actually become less efficient, and end up costing you more money to operate. That’s why we recommend getting your AC summer ready every season.

Once you have a tune-up, start paying attention to how it sounds, how long it takes to cool down your home, and how much it costs to run each month.

If you start hearing unnatural sounds, notice that it is taking longer for your home to cool down, or you’re seeing an increase in your operating costs, this could indicate a problem. That’s when you should give us a call.

3. Is It Important to Clean My Air Conditioner?

This is a common air conditioner FAQ, and the answer is yes. It is important to clean your air conditioner for a number of reasons.

A clean air conditioner is a more efficient one, which means saving on your electricity bill. While it may sound like a big chore, cleaning basic parts of the air conditioner is remarkably easy.

  • Change Your Air Filters – Your air conditioner filter will collect the dirt and debris that circles through your home, and overtime there will be buildup. To clean it, you first have to find it. Your air filter is on your furnace; this is because it is your furnace’s air handler that actually pushes the cool air through your home. Once you locate your air filter, simply swap it out for a replacement.
  • Coils – The coils and the condenser unit will also collect buildup. If you notice that there is a lot of dirt in the evaporator and outdoor coils, use a solution of gentle soap and water to carefully clean them.
  • Coil Fins – These parts of the air conditioner can easily become dirty and out of shape. Use a fine brush to very gently remove dirt.

Don’t Forget: Before doing any cleaning, make sure your air conditioner is off so you don’t get hurt. Safety first!

4. Where Did Air Conditioning Come From?

Good question! The history of air conditioning is an interesting one, and it got its start not from a need for humans to be cool, but from one man’s task to help ink stick to paper.

Willis Carrier was working in a printing plant in 1902, and was given the job of inventing some way to reduce the humidity in the room so that the ink would actually stick to the paper during the hot summer days.

His solution? Send air through coils filled with cool water to reduce the moisture in it. This had the happy side effect of cooling the air as well as drying it. This is how modern air conditioning came to be.

5. How Long Should I Have My Air Conditioner?

Air conditioner FAQs wouldn’t be complete without answering this age-old question: when does my air conditioner need to be replaced?

One of the indicators that it’s time for a change is age. If you’ve only recently replaced your air conditioner, you don’t have to worry. Air conditioners are meant to last a long time. We recommend that when you’ve had your air conditioning system between 10-15 years, you should start looking at replacements.

Taking care of your air conditioner will mean that it will live a good and long lasting life, which is why we also recommend regular tune ups.

When you do need a new air conditioner, we’ll be happy to help. We’re professionally trained to install air conditioners safely and correctly.

6. Are There Ways for Me to Save Money on Air Conditioning?

Everyone likes to save money, but everyone also likes to be cool in the summer. Luckily, you don’t necessarily have to choose.

We have some tips on things you can do around the house to increase your air conditioner’s effectiveness, which will in turn save you a little something on your electricity bills.

7. What Does TCS Stand For?

TCS stands for Trane Comfort Specialist. Receiving this distinction involves taking part in a highly intensive training program that is done through Trane. Trane is famous for its rigorous industry standards.

We are proud to say that our technicians are Trane Comfort Specialists. This means that we are not only devoted to providing excellent and high quality service, but we’re professionally trained to do so.

What is the Ideal Temperature Setting for My AC in the Summer?

The right indoor temperature is subjective. It depends on your home, your family, and the humidity levels.

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More Questions? Ask Away

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