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Is an air conditioner needed in Colorado?

Is an air conditioner needed in Colorado? Keeping your cool when you're hot under the collar

Whether or not air conditioning is needed in Colorado depends on personal preferences and the specific location within the state. Colorado's climate is relatively dry and temperate, with hot summers and cool winters. This means that air conditioning can be a valuable asset during the summer months, particularly in the lower elevations where temperatures can reach well into the 90s and above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Air conditioning can benefit some health conditions, such as asthma and allergies.

Operation and maintenance of air conditioning: To ensure proper operation and maintenance of an air conditioning unit, it is essential to:

  1. Keep the air filter clean: A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and reduce the unit's efficiency. It is recommended to clean or replace the filter every 1-3 months.

  2. Check the thermostat settings: Ensure the thermostat is set to the desired temperature and the unit is set to "cool" mode.

  3. Clean the outdoor unit: Dirt, debris, and leaves can accumulate on the outdoor unit, reducing airflow and efficiency. Use a garden hose to rinse off the unit and remove any debris.

  4. Schedule regular maintenance: It is recommended to have a professional HVAC technician inspect and tune up the unit annually to ensure proper operation and efficiency.

Average lifespan and when to replace an air conditioner: The average lifespan is approximately 10-15 years. However, the lifespan can vary depending on factors such as usage, maintenance, and the quality of the unit.

It may be time to consider replacing an air conditioner if:

  1. The unit is over ten years old and no longer functioning efficiently.

  2. The unit requires frequent repairs.

  3. The energy bills have increased significantly.

  4. The unit is no longer able to keep up with cooling demands.

  5. The unit uses R-22 refrigerant, which is being phased out and becoming increasingly expensive.

It is recommended to consult with a professional HVAC technician to determine if it is time to replace an air conditioning unit.

By Walter Kruger, Senior Professional Home Inspector, Ground Floor Home Inspection, Inc.


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