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Climate and Your AC: Exploring the Effects on Performance and Maintenance

The climate directly impacts the health and performance of your AC. The outside weather is what makes you need the AC for your home. Because the weather directly impacts your AC, it must continue to operate properly. This can be accomplished by understanding the impact of climate on AC health and performance. This can be accomplished easily by contacting us here at Shipton’s Heating & Cooling Ltd.

Understanding The Effect Of Mild Climate

The performance of your AC can be affected by a mild climate. As the climate outside becomes mild, the air conditioner will operate in a certain way that exchanges heat leading outside through the heat exchanger. As the outside temperature rises, the AC’s operation performs differently, with more work coming from the compressor to maintain a cool indoor climate. As the heat rises, the more work the AC does. When your AC is old and needs maintenance, it will be harder to operate properly. So if you are in a heat wave and try to operate your AC, it may fail completely.

Understanding the Effect Of High Temperatures

When the outside temperature gets hotter, the amount of work your AC needs to put out increases to maintain your indoor climate. The AC will then need additional energy to perform, lowering its efficiency. A SEER is assigned to specify the AC’s efficiency level as part of the efficiency. When the SEER is high, the efficiency level is high when the climate becomes hotter. For an AC to be considered efficient, its SEER must be between 14 and 18.

Understanding The Effect Of High Wind, Hail, And Lightning

When the climate is extreme, there could be a good amount of damage caused to the exterior unit of the AC. The damage could be caused by a hail storm, which can dent the unit’s metal casing. When the area is prone to high wind, the damage could stem from fallen tree branches or other debris flying through the air. When you have a thunderstorm, your outdoor AC unit could be struck by lightning and cause electrical damage to the inner components. While this is unfortunate, this damage is unavoidable when it is weather-related. However, you can remain cautious by having your AC turned off when a thunderstorm occurs and covering your AC unit when high winds are expected.

Understanding the Impact of Climate on AC Health and Performance

Understanding The Effect Of Humidity

When your home is in a humid area, it can hurt your AC’s cooling ability because of the warm air that humidity produces. The humidity will ultimately cause extra strain to maintain the conditioned air. Plus, when the indoor humidity is high, the ducting could become invaded by mold and fungus, reducing the air quality even more and harming your health.

Weather-Related Power Outages

When the weather causes a power outage, the AC’s electrical parts can be damaged, and the AC unit can fail, including the variable speed motor, blower motor, and compressor. When you notice your lights blinking, this will be a good time to shut your AC off.

Air conditioner issues could also occur when power is restored to the AC unit. This could be from a power surge that could occur and cause damage. To avoid damage, surge protectors can be obtained to protect the air conditioner from possible damage.

An Increase In Rain

The spring can bring about heavy rains due to the change in seasons. When this happens, your AC needs to be protected so that it doesn’t get wet, although it is designed to be waterproof. Despite this, the area surrounding your AC must be free from standing water, and the unit is not in a puddle. If exposed to water for too long, the AC could become nonfunctioning.

Snow And Ice Storm

The winter can be harsh for many areas, making it difficult to predict weather conditions. When snow and ice are in the forecast, they will not usually have much effect on the AC if there is a little accumulation. But when the snow and ice build-up and you don’t clear it as it occurs, it may cause an issue when spring comes around. Although the AC won’t be utilized during the winter, the large amount of moisture could prevent the air conditioner from supplying sufficient airflow. Plus, when a snowdrift is built up, it must be dispersed. When springtime comes, it is a good idea to contact us to inspect the area and ensure that your unit continues to work properly.

Understanding the Impact of Climate on AC Health and Performance

Outdoor Air Quality

The AC unit’s air filters can become clogged when the outdoor air quality is poor. The clogged filters will stem from wildfire smoke, pollution, and other climate conditions taking place at the moment. If the filters become clogged, the AC’s efficiency will decrease. To ensure that your AC performs properly, you should have your air filters cleaned whenever there is poor air quality.

Debris And Dust Storms

When you live in a dry area, there is a chance for debris and dust storm. This excess dust and debris can easily clog your AC coils if left to accumulate. This can be prevented by keeping the surrounding area clean to reduce dust and debris.

Shipton's Heating & Cooling LTD: Alleviating the Impact of Climate on Your Air Conditioner

When it comes to mitigating the impact of climate on your air conditioner, Shipton’s Heating & Cooling Ltd is your trusted partner. With our expertise and experience, we understand the unique challenges varying climates pose and their effects on AC performance and longevity. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing reliable solutions that ensure optimal comfort and efficiency for your home.

At Shipton’s, we offer various services tailored to address climate-related concerns. From regular maintenance and tune-ups to identify potential issues before they escalate to timely repairs that keep your AC running smoothly during challenging weather conditions, our technicians have the knowledge and skills to handle any situation. We prioritize the well-being of your air conditioner, ensuring it operates at its best even in extreme climates.

Don’t let climate-induced stress affect your air conditioner’s health. Contact Shipton’s Heating & Cooling Ltd today, and let us help you navigate through the impacts of climate on your AC system, keeping you cool and comfortable no matter the weather.

We know how important it is to stay comfortable during the summer months, but we also know that keeping your home warm in the winter can be just as important. If your HVAC equipment isn’t working as it should, this typically simple task can become a monumental challenge. That’s where we come in.

Whether you need a new furnace and air conditioner or general HVAC services, Shipton’s Heating & Cooling Ltd team is ready to help!

We have been providing HVAC services for over 95 years. Having been locally owned and operated by the same family since our founding, our priority is helping our Hamilton neighbours.

We take pride in our work and strive to provide great service every step of the way.


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