Expert Answers for Your Top Cooling FAQs
Have a question about your A/C? The experts at JM Heating + Cooling are sharing answers to your top cooling FAQs. Find them below, and if you have other concerns or comments, give our team a call at 262-229-7571 or send us a message.
An air conditioner typically lasts 10 to 15 years or more, but also depends on a variety of factors. Proper installation, exposure to the elements, and keeping up with routine A/C maintenance will improve the longevity and performance of your unit. If your unit is 15 years old or older, needs frequent repairs, or can no longer keep up with your cooling demands, it’s time to start budgeting for a newer air conditioner. The good news is today’s models offer substantially more efficiency and programmable options than the previous generation.
The answer depends on your comfort and budget. When on the “auto” setting, the fan will run only to maintain your desired temperature. For example, if you set the thermostat to 72 degrees, the fan will only kick on when the temp gets warmer than that. If set in the “on” position, the A/C fan will simply run continuously, providing more even cooling throughout the house. It provides more comfort but will cost more in terms of energy usage.
You should get air conditioner maintenance once a year—ideally in spring—and for several reasons. This service is preventative, meaning a certified technician will use a thorough checklist to address small, existing issues before they become larger, more expensive repairs. He will also clean your system from top to bottom. An annual A/C tune-up will also keep your unit under warranty if you have one. Even if your system seems to be running just fine, do not skip this important and affordable service.
A system that’s too small won’t cool your house properly, and a system that’s too big wastes energy. To find the perfect size, we’ll take into account the elements of your home beyond square feet, including:
- Architecture of home
- Number of people in household
- Amount of windows
- Quality of ductwork
- Local climate
- Sun or shade exposure
Our comfort specialists can take out the guesswork and determine the ideal air conditioning system for your Wisconsin home’s needs.
Here are a few easy ways to bring down summer energy costs:
- Schedule A/C maintenance every year
- Close blinds during the day to prevent sunshine from heating up the house
- Make sure all vents and ducts in the house are open and unblocked
- Set ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise to push cool air back down
If you have more questions related to your air conditioner or home’s cooling, call 262-229-7571 to speak to a JM Heating specialist.