Frequently Asked Questions: Cooling
What is a programmable thermostat?
By setting your programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature when you and your family leave and return, you can save money on your energy bill and return to a comfortable home.
Will I actually save money with a programmable thermostat?
Getting familiar with setbacks and setups that will use your heating and cooling system efficiently greatly increases your savings.
Visit energy.gov for an in depth guide on how to get the most out of your programmable thermostat.
What kind of programmable thermostat should I get to replace my thermostat?
- 5+2-day model: The least flexible model, it gives you the option to set 2 temperature schedules. Typically one is used for weekends and one for weekdays.
- 5-1-1-day model: More flexible than the latter, you have the option to differentiate weekdays, Saturday and Sunday to your personal needs.
- 7-day model: The most flexible model, it gives you the option to set a different temperature schedule for each day of the week.
Why is there a puddle of water around my furnace when the A/C is running?
There are a couple reasons why your drain line isn’t working properly. Either the line is blocked with mold or algae, or there is a hole in your drain pan.
This problem should not be ignored and you should have it checked by a professional because it can result in water damage to your home and can lead to toxic mold growth.
What makes a refrigerant charge so expensive?
When is it time to get a new air conditioner?
- Has your air conditioner reached the end of it’s lifespan? The average air conditioner lasts 15 years.
- Does your air conditioner seem to be running inefficiently? If it is taking longer to cool your home and your energy bills are running higher than previous years, it may be time to replace it.
- Have you been frequently spending money to repair it? If your air conditioner is requiring expensive repairs every year then you will want to start looking for a new one. It will likely be cheaper in the long run to replace it than to continue repairing the old one.
Will a ceiling fan significantly help my air conditioner cool my home?
How do I find an energy efficient air conditioner to lower my energy costs?
Do I still need my air conditioner and furnace if i get a heat pump?
What can cause an air conditioner to blow hot air?
- Low refrigerant
- Dirty evaporator coils
- Dirty air filter
These 3 factors can cause your system to freeze up on a hot day, which will cause it to blow hot air. This is not a problem you should let go unchecked. Eventually your compressor will fail which is an expensive repair, and you will not want to deal with it in the middle of a hot summer. Have a professional promptly check your system if your air conditioner is blowing hot air.
Why is it always warmer upstairs than downstairs and how can I even it out?
Does my attic need more insulation?
Why are energy costs so high in the summer?
- You don’t have enough insulation in your attic
- Your cooling system is old and inefficient.
- Your ducts are leaking
- Your home is old, and your seals are bad.
- You are running an air conditioning unit that is not the correct size for your home
For more specific information pertaining to your home, have a professional come to diagnose the problem.