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Top A/C Questions from Carolina Homeowners

Living in the Carolinas, we all understand the importance of a well-functioning cooling system, especially as we transition from the bearable Spring months into the scorching hot days of Summer. With this transition comes a variety of questions and concerns we hear from homeowners in the Charlotte region. Here are the top a/c questions from Carolina homeowners.
top a/c questions from Carolina homeowners
WHY IS MY A/C RUNNING BUT NOT COOLING EFFICIENTLY?

One of the most common concerns is an AC unit that runs without effectively cooling the home. Several factors can cause this, including clogged air filters, low refrigerant levels, or failing parts.  Regular checks and maintenance can identify and rectify these issues, ensuring your unit cools your home efficiently.


HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY AIR CONDITIONER SERVICED?

The longevity and efficiency of your A/C largely depend on routine maintenance. In our Southern climate, it is recommended to have your A/C system serviced at least once a year. This can provide early detection of potential problems and keep your system running smoothly.


WHAT IS THE BEST THERMOSTAT SETTING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY?

Setting your thermostat correctly can save energy while maintaining comfort. Although the desired temperatures are quite simply a matter of personal preference, adjusting the temperature 7-10 degrees higher when you are away can lead to significant energy savings.  A smart thermostat can be configured to run on a timed schedule or learn your patterns and suggest customized settings.


IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO KEEP MY SYSTEM RUNNING AT PEAK EFFICIENCY?

Yes. The most important thing that you can do to minimize issues with your cooling system is to check your air filter(s) often and replace them as needed. The filter in the duct system collects dust and debris over time as it runs and will eventually get clogged. If the airflow is obstructed even slightly, you can start experiencing comfort and performance issues.


IS IT TIME TO UPGRADE OR REPLACE MY AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM?

Homeowners often contemplate whether their older HVAC equipment needs upgrading or replacing.  If your unit is more than 10 years old or requires frequent repairs, it might be time to consider an upgrade. Newer models are more energy-efficient and could provide significant savings on your energy bills.

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