If the weather in your area is more unpredictable than it used to be, your home comfort may need a few adjustments. Although many air conditioning systems are designed to turn on and off as needed for a wide range of natural indoor temperatures, the wear, tear, and maintenance issues can lead to a few uncomfortable or inefficient situations. To keep your power bill under control while maintaining a comfortable air conditioning quality that lives up to the warranty and beyond, consider a few inspection, maintenance, and repair points.
Decluttering The Sensor
An air conditioning system detects temperatures using a sensor that is strategically placed to keep indoor temperatures comfortable without being thrown off by outdoor extremes. The system is also at risk of tricking itself if the newly treated air is detected too early, such as the sensor area being at a comfortable temperature while the rest of the home is sweltering.
Contact an air conditioning repair and general servicing professional to make sure that the sensor was installed in the right place. You should also ask if the sensor area is acceptable, especially if you have a lot of stored goods in the area. The professional can observe a lot of things, but if you have any equipment that could affect temperatures, be sure to bring it to their attention.
Clutter in general can be a problem, as objects can absorb temperatures and maintain that temperature enough to throw off measurements. This is especially a problem when it comes to heat, as clutter can be an insulator. Be sure to keep the sensor area clear and dusted. With erratic temperatures outside, a room with skewed ambient temperature may result in bad readings for long periods of time.
Change The Temperature Threshold
The Smart Home/Automation industry is somewhat polarized in the consumer electronics industry. On one hand, it's a great way to automate comfort and get reliable data about the home--in this case, home temperatures and humidity. On the other, reliance on technology can seem like a reckless waste of money if it works, or a cheap trick that doesn't pay itself off if it does.
As with any new technology, the key is researching your figures. You don't need to get into brand names and promises here; just look for a smart home system for your air conditioning unit that handles temperature range. Any other feature can be taken with personal preference.
Temperature range settings are better than the traditional single temperature point setting because they remove sensitivity. Few people truly need a temperature at an exact degree point, but have been conditioned to think that they do because of the way the home feels at a certain temperature.
In reality, your building will constantly fluctuate between different degree points. This costs money while on energy saving settings, as the temperature will change every time the sensor hits a specific degree. With ranges, you can set the system to turn on or off at certain maximums and minimums.
The more sophisticated range systems will even have a single degree point as the goal while still using a general range for energy saving. For example, 76 degrees Fahrenheit is the goal temperature, but the system can be programmed to only cool when the temperature reached 78 or 79 degrees.
Contact an air conditioning repair service, like Extreme's One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, to discuss smart home controls, maintenance of existing systems, and installation of new technology.