Much like your body, your air conditioning unit requires a lot more ‘effort’ to operate in hot temperatures. Everything from the heat, humidity, and airflow can impact how hard your AC unit has to work to effectively cool your home.
How The Summer Arizona Heat Can Affect Your Air Conditioning System:
Your air conditioner operates as a heat transfer system. In order for it to work effectively, it must first capture the heat from the warm air that is inside of the home. Once it does this, it then sends the air to the condensing unit located outside. Along with this, it has to effectively expel the captured hot energy from inside to the unit located outside. Therefore, you are going to have a system that is working overtime in hot conditions because it will have a lot more heat/energy entering the home due to heat coming through your windows, doors, and more. Along with this, it is going to have a lot more heat to deal with outside which makes it that much harder to reject the heat. It ends up being much easier to reject heat and work efficiently when the temperature outside is closer to the temperature that you are aiming to target inside of your home.
Another big impact that hot Arizona summers can have on your AC unit has to do with the increased humidity that it is likely going to be faced with during the monsoon season. The humidity that your AC unit is exposed to is going to play a critical role in determining how effective it is able to work. Having to deal with increased humidity will force your AC unit to have to work much harder at the end of the day. After all, it is much more difficult to get rid of the excessive moisture in the air. If your AC unit doesn’t have the type of cooling capacity to effectively handle the excess humidity in the air, it is likely to reflect in the overall performance of your AC unit in your home.
Another significant consideration that it is going to impact your AC units performance is the way that it performs from an airflow standpoint. Your air conditioner and its overall performance is completely reliant on its ability to effectively circulate the air throughout your entire home. Therefore, when you are dealing with limited airflow due to various issues, you are going to get decreased performance from your system. Typically, you will be dealing with a lot more issues that could potentially block the airflow in the summer. Whether it’s due to shrubs or leaves getting stuck in your unit, you will need to be much more diligent during the summer months to avoid airflow obstruction.
Overall your air conditioner will have to work harder to achieve its intended performance during the summer months and you will be paying more during this time to cool your home. During these hot summer months in Arizona, older air conditioners will fail or have problems due to the age of the unit and having to work much harder to keep your home cool. If properly set up with the correct unit to support the size and demands of your home, your unit should last for many years. You may experience more issues with your unit in the summer months, but the system should be able to handle it with the proper maintenance and care. Get in touch with Spartan Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Tucson for any air conditioning services you may need.