During the coldest days of winter, the last thing you want is to come into a cold room just to find a frozen AC that won’t heat up the place fast. Unfortunately, this is a common problem in the winter, especially if you leave your AC off for a certain period of time. Luckily, your AC has its own way of dealing with such situations. However, sometimes it may need a little help from you.
No matter the weather, there is something very obnoxious in having an air conditioner that isn’t functioning like it used to. The question is AC repair or replacement? But before getting to the big question, try answering these small ones for yourself.
Do you remember the age of your AC?The experts say that the life of a single air conditioning unit is somewhere from 10 to 15 years. If you can’t even remember when you bought it or you even don’t know who bought it, because it came with the house, you have to know that an AC repair won't be enough. A new one will be much more efficient and can save you a huge amount of the electricity bill.
How often do you need AC repair?If you have spent some time and money in repairing the old one but it still need some work, drop it off. A new one will have a warranty and will operate way more efficiently. And it’s new!
Using only one AC and still have high power bills?If the bills are getting high, you should think of a new air conditioner. The recent AC models are more energy efficient and an initial investment could pay off in the long-run with lower energy bills.
How much was the cost of the last repair you’ve done?Multiply the age of your current AC unit by the cost of AC repair. If the number exceeds 5,000 it might be a better option to replace than to repair. You also have to consider the cost of maintaining an old unit vs a new one, as well as the worth of your own time dealing with issues an old unit might give you.
There are so many benefits of replacing your AC unit, but if:
- The AC repair cost is low
- The unit is under 10 years old
- You’re selling your house in the near future,
- Your energy bills are reasonable
The summer is over and the heating season is soon to come. It’s time to prepare for the cold months. Here are our tips on how to get ready for the winter before it begins.
Take care of your AC.
The best thing you can do to assure your air conditioner will be working properly during the whole winter and not waste you more energy than needed is to call a professional to check your AC. They will open it, clean it and check if anything needs to be changed. However, if you are not willing to pay a professional to do this at the moment or you have done it soon enough, you can at least change or clean the filters of your AC. Here you can find detailed instructions on how to clean your AC filter on your own.
If you still haven’t done it, we highly recommend you to isolate the outer walls of your home. This way you will keep your place warm in the winter and cool during the summer without loosing too much energy. Check the isolation of your windows for the same reason. To reduce the heat losses as much as possible, you can also put some thicker curtains on your windows. Make sure you place the curtain at least 5 cm over the window for better isolation.
From Cooling to Heating
Probably the easiest thing is to change your AC mode from cooling to heating. However, sometimes it’s not that easy to make the transition from one season to another. In the rainy autumn you may need to use fan function only to regulate the humidity. As people say, sometimes “it’s not the temperature, it’s the humidity”. Find some tips about humidity control here. Raise the temperature gradually. Give your air conditioner some time to reach your desired temperature, don’t rush it by choosing temperature much higher than what you need.
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