Stifling summer temperatures are just around the corner. How can you stay comfortable without breaking your budget? Our heating and cooling technicians have a few cool tips for improving the performance of your air conditioning system so you can survive the summer heat in comfort.
A dirty air filter forces your system to work harder to cool your home. Regularly changing your home air filter every one to three months is one of the simplest, most inexpensive things you can do to keep your system running at peak efficiency. It also an easy way to improve indoor air quality.
Ample airflow surrounding your outdoor unit is essential to efficient operation. Be sure to keep this area clear of grass, weeds, and debris.
Keep furniture, blinds, curtains, clothes, and toys away from AC vents to maintain steady airflow through the system.
Set your thermostat 5-8 degrees higher in the summer for optimal savings, especially during times when you’re away from home. Constantly forgetting? Smart learning thermostats do the work for you, automatically adjusting temperatures based on your schedule. Our customers are often surprised by how affordable and easy to use they are.
Your thermostat should never be located next to heat-generating appliances like lamps and stoves, or in direct sunlight. This results in readings that are out of line with temperatures in the rest of your home, causing your system to work harder than necessary to maintain temperatures.
Ductwork left exposed in unconditioned spaces like your attic or basement drastically reduces the performance of your system. Talk to your home HVAC company about sealing ducts with the appropriate duct sealing tap to prevent AC leaks, then insulate ductwork for optimal performance.
Keeping curtains and blinds closed prevents solar heat gain from warming your home and putting added stress on your air conditioner.
Do your best to avoid operating your dryer and oven during the hottest parts of the day. Run heat-generating appliances in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler to prevent putting excess stress on your system.
Flush a cup of bleach, followed by a gallon of water, through your drain lines annually to prevent blockages. If your system overflows, it could lead to a frozen coil and poor performance – or flood your home.
Annual HVAC system maintenance ensures potential problems, like a dirty coil or low refrigerant, are uncovered before summer weather extremes occur, helping you avoid the need for emergency AC repair.
Avoid high energy bills and keep your system running smoothly all summer long. Contact H & H Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule preventative AC maintenance today.