Living in the Central Okanagan Air Conditioners are very important to provide your home with the appropriate cooling to keep you and your family comfortable. See the contents section to see what this page has to offer.
You should have your Air Conditioner serviced once a year. We offer a loyalty plan that will do that for you! Click “Learn More” to see what our Loyalty Plan has to offer.
To understand how an Air Conditioner works you need to understand that the outdoor unit (Air Conditioner or Heat Pump) works with the indoor unit (Furnace, Fan Coil or Air handler) and the coil to cool the house down. The outside units job is to prepare refrigerant and send it to the coil . When the refrigerant is sent to the coil it makes it very cold, the indoor units fan then pulls warm air from the house and pushes it through the coil. When the warm air gets pushed through the cold coil and removes the humidity.
The coil takes refrigerant gas and turns it into a liquid. The liquid refrigerant absorbs the heat from the indoor air as it passes through the coil. This is what cools down your house (Not the outdoor unit).
The outdoor unit takes refrigerant and sends it to the coil in a liquid state. As the warm air passes through the coil cooling the air. While the cool air gets distributed throughout your house through the ducting system, the heated gas is sent to the outdoor unit to release the heat as it returns to a liquid state. This cycle is then repeat until your desired temperature has been reached. Click the video to go into a more in depth explanation on how refrigerant works.
3 months is a good rule of thumb; however, this may vary due to several factors (See Below).
Standard filters are usually 1″ thick so if yours is thicker (~4″) you won’t need to change it as often.
Pets are a big factor when it comes to your filter. You may need to change your filter closer to every 2 months depending on how many pets you have and how much hair they shed.
If you have high pollution where you live, it will affect your filter.
Find the furnace switch and turn it to the off position so air does not blow when the filter is out. Can’t find the switch? Your furnace switch should be labeled but if its not it can vary well look just like a normal light switch (See image 1 and 2 in potential issues).
After the furnace is turned off you need to locate your filter. It will be between your return air duct going into your furnace and the furnace itself. Once you found it you will need to open the door (Usually a metal piece you slide open) to get access to the filter.
Makes sure your filter is the same size as your old one. Your filter should fit perfectly there should be no gaps. When inserting the new filter find the arrow on the top of the filter. The arrow should be pointing towards the furnace (The arrow shows what way the air will flow).