As a first-time homeowner, it can be overwhelming to keep track of all the components of your home that require regular attention, including your air conditioner. Knowing what the ideal temperature is for your air conditioner, what an energy-saving temperature looks like and what your AC should be set at during the summer are just some common considerations.
Our fact sheet for first time homeowners will help you get up to speed on everything you need to know about your air conditioner. As a homeowner, you will need to continuously maintain your air conditioner over the years and you may want to choose a more efficient air conditioner to keep your repair and utility costs low.
You also might be curious about how to save energy with your air conditioner or how to choose the most energy-efficient air conditioner. We’ll go over all of this here.
What Do SEER and Sound Ratings Mean?
When looking at air conditioners, you’ll run across the terms SEER and Sound Ratings. What are they?
SEER is the seasonal efficiency ratio. It indicates how efficiently your air conditioner will run. The higher the SEER number the more efficient the air conditioner. Keep this mind especially if you are searching for a new air conditioner and want to save energy and money.
Sound ratings are pretty straightforward. This figure describes how loud the air conditioner will be while it’s running. Sound is measured in decibels, or dB. Larger air conditioners will be louder, of course, but generally a Sound Rating in the mid or low 70s is excellent so keep those numbers in mind as well when looking at your air conditioner.
What’s an Energy Saving Temperature for ACs?
Your AC temperature setting in the summer can have a big impact on your home’s energy usage. You want to be comfortable, but also save on energy costs. What’s a good number to achieve both goals?
Most homeowners in Ontario want their air conditioner set to 22° C in the summer. A change by one or two degrees will make a big impact on your energy bills. In fact, setting your AC for 24° C can save you up to ten percent on your air conditioning costs.
If that’s too warm for you, you can try making higher temperatures more comfortable by lowering the humidity in your home with a dehumidifier.
What are Signs an Air Conditioner Needs Maintenance?
If you haven’t owned an air conditioner before, you may not know what is normal air conditioner operation and what might indicate it needs maintenance or repair.
Here are some signs to look out for:
- Dripping or leaking: Air conditioners should never leak or drip, that’s a sign they aren’t working efficiently.
- New noise: On a hot day, you might think the air conditioner is louder because it’s working harder. Actually, any change in noise is a sign your air conditioner needs to be fixed.
- Less air flow: If the cold air doesn’t seem to be reaching as far as it once did, your air conditioner’s fan may be broken.
All of these are things to watch out for and call a certified technician to take a look at. Also keep in mind that it’s recommended to have your air conditioner serviced at least once a year even if you don’t think there are any problems with it. This helps to ensure that it continues to run smoothly for years to come.
What is the Air Conditioner’s Warranty?
All new air conditioners come with a manufacturer warranty which usually ranges from five to ten years. Make sure to check out the warranty on your unit for the coverage term and which components are covered. If you don’t know whether there’s an existing warranty on your AC, look for the label on its exterior for the manufacturer date. A technician can also help you verify the warranty status.
We encourage you to print off this first-time homeowner’s fact sheet as a reminder of what to look for when you’re choosing or maintaining your air conditioner. Contact us at Haven Home if you need a new energy-efficient air conditioner, or need help with repairs or maintenance for the air conditioner in your new home.