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Air Conditioning Tip: How Insulation Improves Efficiency

We all want our air conditioning systems to be as efficient as possible. The better and more effectively it can cool the air in our homes, the less we have to pay in our monthly bills. That means a great deal in Lutz, FL and other nearby towns, which have to battle the Florida heat and humidity every year. You can keep your unit efficient by scheduling regular maintenance from a qualified professional, as well as ensuring that the components of your air conditioning system are properly insulated.

There is usually insulation on the unit’s coolant line, which carries evaporated refrigerant to the compressor coils to start the cooling cycle. Ideally, you want to keep the refrigerant as cool as possible before in enter the compressor. Otherwise, the compressor must work harder to pressurize the gas and cool it off in the condenser coils: increasing wear and tear on the unit as well as forcing it to expend more energy.

Insulation should also be installed on the ductwork of a central air conditioning system. It’s less necessary in parts of the house which receive conditioned air, but many times the ductwork is laid in the attic or similarly non-conditioned places. Furthermore, any ductwork exposed to a heat source or even a sunny window may warm the cooled air passing through it. That means it will take longer to cool down your house and subsequently increase your energy bills.

In some cases, insulation may never have been installed on these components or the insulation may have deteriorated over time, a fairly common occurrence in Florida’s muggy weather. Either way, it pays to contact a qualified HVAC professional to address the issue. It will save you money on your monthly bills and help keep your air conditioning functioning the way you need it to. Ierna’s Heating & Cooling proudly serves Lutz and other Tampa Bay communities. Call us today if you have any questions about how to make your air conditioning system more efficient.

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