How do humidity levels impact your AC unit performance?

Humidity Levels Affect Air Conditioning Unit PerformanceExcessive humidity inside the home can make the room feel hotter during summers. However, not many people know that high humidity levels in the rooms can also damage the air conditioner.

When the humidity level inside the home is too high, it negatively affects the cooling efficiency. In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the circumstances in which you’ll need to deal with humidity levels in your home.

What impact does high humidity have on an AC system?

Older models of air conditioners do not come with dehumidifiers similar to the ones found in modern air conditioning units.

During a particularly humid summer days, the air conditioner will not optimally cool the rooms. When the indoor humidity levels are high, the air conditioner will strain to maintain the required thermal levels inside the house. It will result in uneven cooling and increase the wear and tear of the system, thereby requiring AC repairs.

Humidity affects the cooling efficiency because it makes the air warm. The air conditioner will work overtime to generate cool air. This will result in increased strain on the cooling device.  Also, high humidity levels inside the home can lead to the growth of algae and mold inside the ducts that will greatly reduce the indoor air quality and may result in allergic reactions.

Install a dehumidifier to reduce damage to the AC

In case the humidity level remains high during the summers, it’s important that you install a dehumidifier to protect your air conditioning system.

Some of the common signs that indicate that your home may need a dehumidifier include:

  • Foggy windows: Humidity is nothing more than vaporized water. When the air becomes bottled up in your home, the windows will become foggy.
  • Moist skin: If your skin feels moist and clammy, it indicates high humidity levels in the home
  • Musty odor: High humidity levels results in dampness around the home that result in a musty odor to emanate from the rooms.

Have King install a smaller or more modern air conditioner

High humidity inside the house occurs in case a large air conditioner is installed. In case the cooling device is larger than the cooling requirements of the room, it won’t run for long periods of time. As a result, the air conditioner won’t be able to remove excess moisture from the air.

Consult your King AC technician to find out whether the air conditioner installed in the house is too large. Consider replacing the large cooling unit with a smaller one to effectively resolve the issue.

Schedule regular AC maintenance with King

Lastly, regular maintenance is recommended to ensure that any issue that may arise in the system due to high indoor humidity is addressed immediately. Failing to take action can result in major damage to the system that will require costly repairs.

Call King for more advice about dealing with high humidity levels

To sum up, high humidity levels negatively affect air conditioner performance and increase the need for frequent repairs. You should not ignore the problem as it can lead to costly AC repairs.

Contact King Heating Cooling and Plumbing for professional air conditioner repairs and advice.

King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing debunks three AC installation myths

Installation Myths DebunkedAn air conditioner has become a necessity in most homes in the United States. While the cooling device can operate for a long time without any problem, the reality is that they have a limited lifespan. Most air conditioners have an average lifespan of about 15 years, after which they break down.

When it comes to new air conditioner installation, believing in every piece of information that you stumble across can end up costing you money. If you fall for a myth that you read or hear somewhere, you will end up paying more money than you really should when installing a new cooling unit.

Here are three AC installation myths that are, in fact, not true. Learning about the reality behind the common AC installation myths can ensure that you don’t make mistakes when having a trusted company—like King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing—install your new air conditioner.

Myth #1: All modern air conditioners will save you money

While it’s true that most modern air conditioners have high-efficiency ratings, some of them may not be any better than traditional air conditioners. You should look for air conditioners with variable-speed motors, a two-stage compressor, highly efficient copper wires, and fan-only operation.

Also, you should consider buying an air conditioner with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of more than 15. The higher the SEER rating, more energy efficient the air conditioning unit.

Myth #2: The air conditioner can be installed anywhere, as the location of the unit does not impact performance

The location where the air conditioning unit is installed will affect its performance. Placing the unit away from sunlight will ensure optimal performance. Generally, the east or the north side of the home is the best place of a unit.

Also, the unit must be installed properly. Improper installation can result in the unit consuming up to 40 percent more energy. This would result in increased energy bills and frequent need for repairs. A  King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing professional technician can ensure that the unit is installed properly by taking great care and precision.

Myth #3: You should buy the biggest unit you can afford for the house

Some people wrongly assume that buying the biggest unit for the house will result in optimal cooling. When it comes to size, you should not by a unit that is too large for the house cooling requirements. This will result in higher energy bills and wastage of money.

A professional air conditioner technician will assess the requirement of the house and inform you about the best size air conditioner. Be wary of technicians that recommend an air condition unit without evaluating the requirement of the house.

Call King for help busting AC installation myths

By knowing the real facts regarding new air conditioner installation, you can save money in the long run.

If you reside in the south side of Chicago or the south suburbs of Northwest Indiana, you can contact King Heating Cooling and Plumbing for expert advice and help regarding installation of a new air conditioning unit. We’ll help you bust AC installation myths.

5 signs that you need a new air conditioner

Install a New Air ConditionerTrying to decide whether you should repair your older air conditioner or get a new air conditioner? In this blog post, we’ll work through five signs that it’s time to have King install a new unit.

Keeping your air conditioner in working order

Air conditioners must be kept in good condition so that they can properly cool the rooms when the temperatures start to rise. Proper maintenance of your air conditioner will ensure that it lives a longer, more energy-efficient life.

That being said, sometimes air conditioners get to the point when they need to be replaced.

Determining when to replace your air conditioner is not an exact science. There are no set rules that can tell you when it’s time to replace the air conditioning unit. Having said that, here are five tell-tale signs that indicate that you need to call King for a free in-home AC installation estimate.

1. Consider the age of the air conditioner

The fact is that older air conditioners are less efficient than newer, current models. According to Energy Star, you should consider replacing your air conditioner if it is more than 10 years old, and you should seriously consider replacing the air conditioner if it’s more than 15 years old—as this is the average lifespan of most cooling devices.

2. Apply the $5,000 rule

Some experts recommend using the $5,000 rule to consider whether you should replace the unit. Just multiply the age of the cooling device with the repair cost. If the amount is more than $5,000, you should consider replacing the unit. Otherwise, it’s better to repair the unit.

For instance, if your air conditioner is 8 years old and the repair cost comes to around $400, that equals $3,200. You should have King repair the air conditioner. However, if the repair costs $700 for the same air conditioner, it equals $5,600 and so you should consider having King replace the air conditioner with a new one.

3. Think about the frequency of repairs

Consider whether the air conditioner requires frequent repairs. If the answer is “yes,” you should consider replacing the air conditioner. Otherwise, it’s best to repair the equipment.

You should particularly consider replacing the system if the repair costs are more than 50 percent of the price of a new air conditioner. Consult with the air conditioning technicians at King to find out how much repairs will cost, as well as the cost of the a system. From there, you can make an appropriate decision.

4. Replace an air conditioner that requires R-22

Older air conditioners generally require R-22 refrigerant, which is known to cause great damage to the environment. If your air conditioner uses this refrigerant, you should consider replacing it with a new one.

Another reason for replacing the air conditioner with a one that doesn’t use R-22 is that the price of this refrigerant has increased considerably. In addition, the production of the refrigerant is slated to end in 2020. So, it’s best to take action early and replace the air conditioner.

5. Consider the energy efficiency of the air conditioner (and the energy savings of a new air conditioner)

A new air conditioner is highly energy efficient, resulting in lower energy bills. Also, many states offer tax credits to the homeowners that purchase highly energy-efficient systems. So, you should consider replacing the unit if it will save you money in the form of lower bills and tax incentives.

Call King for a free in-home quote on a new air conditioner

If you want to gauge the condition of your existing air conditioner, schedule an inspection with our professional technicians today! We also offer free in-home estimates if you’re shopping for a new air conditioner.