There have been quite a few odd weather pattern changes in the past few decades, and even without considering natural disasters or moderate storms, temperature changes alone can have an impact on enjoying the day. The average air conditioning unit is designed to keep a custom comfort zone inside the building, but it can waste a lot of electricity or fail to provide proper comfort because of either strange outside conditions or structural problems.
Air Conditioning Performance During Fluctuating Temperatures
Air conditioning efficiency is about maintaining a set temperature, then lowering power consumption once a stable temperature is reached. This can save a lot of money on the utility bill when the home is able to keep a specific air temperature for extended periods of time.
If the indoor temperature changes too much, the air conditioning has to keep turning on and off in a short amount of time--or it may stay on the entire time if a stable temperature is never reached. The most likely causes of air conditioning systems missing their temperature targets are poor insulation and sealing or extreme outdoor conditions.
Insulation and sealing are necessary to keep the indoor temperature stable for many minutes--if not hours--at a time. With poor insulation, a cold day becomes even colder because heat can escape the home easily. Improper sealing increases those leaks in both hot and cold temperatures, which tampers with the air conditioner's ability to create a stable temperature situation.
How To Resolve Temperature Problems During Odd Weather
Before tackling odd weather specifics, air conditioning basics need to be covered. Contact an air conditioning professional and schedule an inspection, then make sure that the inspection covers a few key points:
Insulation inspection. An ac repair professional will check the walls for any suspicious differences in temperature, and may ask to drill through or completely take down a part of the walls to check the insulation quality.
Proper seal inspection. Different parts of the home will have obvious temperature differences to a trained professional, but there are tools to check for differences in air quality. An air conditioning professional can check for any cracks, holes, or other temperature leaks in the home.
Ventilation inspection. Your existing air conditioning system needs a ventilation system free of debris. Air conditioning professionals should check the vents, and may have suggestions on replacements depending on how old your system is or if the system was installed properly in the first place.
Once those checks are done, calibration for weather differences can take place. One simple solution is to modify the air conditioning unit to stay idle within a wider range of temperatures, such as 2 or 3 degrees of tolerance. This may require a newer type of unit or control console.
Another option would be to change the location of the air conditioning system's sensors. If an area in your home seems to have a more stable set of temperature differences, this may reduce the constant on and off energy-saving changes.
Contact an air conditioning installation and maintenance professional to discuss other improvements for weather that just isn't what it used to be.