As a resident of California, you’re well aware of the intense weather conditions our communities sometimes face. However, do you know how those conditions affect your AC unit? If you want a healthy air conditioner that can face our desert climate, you need to know what your air conditioner is up against.
Mendez Air Conditioning and Heating is here to make sure you know what your AC struggles with operating in a desert environment. There are some specific climate and weather conditions that can be harder on your unit or be the cause of low AC efficiency.
How Does Your AC Handle Heat?
Have you ever noticed that your home doesn’t feel frosty cool on those particularly hot days in the summer? To understand why your AC becomes less efficient and can’t deliver the crisp, cool air you’re used to, first you should know how your AC handles heat.
The process of cooling your air is actually achieved by absorbing the heat out of it. The refrigerant in your compressor unit takes on the heat and turns into a gas. Once the air temperature is lowered, the air can be sent back into your home, but where does that heat go? The gaseous refrigerant is compressed into a small space which releases the heat and allows the refrigerant to return to a liquid form. That heat then has to be ejected from the unit to the outdoors by a fan.
Now, when it’s hot, your home heats up faster and the air has more heat that needs to be absorbed by the HVAC unit before it can be returned to your home. This means the AC has to work harder to cool your air. Then, when it’s time to eject that heat outside, the outdoor temperature is already boiling! This makes it even harder for the AC to push the hot air outside and keep its internal temperature low.
This process is why you should set your thermostat to the highest temperature you can stand during the summer – professionals recommend 78 degrees. The higher the demand on your AC unit, the more likely it is that the compounded strain will result in a malfunction or system breakdown – and the only thing worse than an inefficient AC system is none at all!
Specific Desert Air Quality Concerns
Dust is actually a general term for a lot of different tiny particles – different regions may have dust composed of different materials. For example, Thousand Palms air quality might be poorer some days due to large amounts of desert sand in the air. It’s important to realize how air quality not only affects you outside, but how it affects your AC and indoor air quality.
Blowing sand can speed up AC deterioration due to its erosive properties. Keep an eye on your outdoor unit to make sure it isn’t benign worn down by high sand presence. Also, check your air filters for clogs caused by dust that can make your air quality fall quickly.
Though wildfires may not be a daily occurrence, their effect when they do happen can reach far. Smoke in the air can travel for miles and affect your lungs even days later. If your AC is not set up with a specific filter for smoke, you may get traces of it in your home. High levels of smoke can also leave residue inside your AC components that could cause problems later.
If you think you’re safe from mold growth because we don’t see much rain throughout the year, you’d be wrong! There are several kinds of mold that lie dormant in desert soils until rain or other disturbances kick it up and let it flourish. Always keep any out for mold growth or spores in your air ducts or air conditioning system as they can cause illness – sometimes serious illnesses like Valley Fever!
Thousand Palms AC Services – We’re Here To Serve You!
Mendez Air Conditioning and Heating is part of this community. That’s why we show our passion and care for our customers in everything we do. If you need quality AC services to combat that desert climate, we’re the team to call! We’ll keep your AC healthy and efficient for years to come!