Tips for Making the Most Out of Summer AC Use

Summer weather extremes have already arrived. Warm weather raced in, not only to the Northeast this season, but abroad as well. Europe’s sweltering heat wave at the end of June raised average global temperatures 0.2 degrees F to record highs for the month, leaving many looking for relief. Is your home air conditioning system up to the task of keeping your family cool and safe in the event of summer weather extremes? Stay cool without sending your energy dollars up in smoke with these tips from your local air conditioning service company.

Start the Summer Season Off Right

Before the mercury rises, putting your system under stress, start the season off right with routine professional HVAC system maintenance. Proactive maintenance can help you avoid unexpected shutdowns and the need for HVAC emergency repair, identifying issues before they leave your family sweating. This is especially important for systems 10-years old or more. A professional HVAC service pro can address tasks that you cannot, including:

  • Topping off refrigerant levels when required which are integral to system performance and efficiency.
  • Verifying proper thermostat function and responsive system operation.
  • Cleaning dirty components, such as the coils and compressor, which if dirty will force your system to work harder to cool your home, increasing energy costs.
  • Inspecting key components for signs of damage or impending demise, including fan blades, motors, belts, and wiring, proactively addressing these issues before your system goes down.
  • Addressing drainage issues that could lead to water damage and mold in your home.

Keep Components Clean for More Efficient Performance

You and your family must also perform some maintenance. These tasks are simple but essential to helping your system keep up with the demands of summer AC use:

  • Change home air filters monthly.
    Dirty air filters force your system to work harder. This is one of cheapest, easiest and most important things you can do to ensure peak performance in the summer.
  • Keep the area surrounding exterior components clear.
    Trim back grass, weeds, leaves, trash, and shrubbery surrounding your exterior system to aid proper airflow and cooling.

Stay Cool Without Busting Your Budget with a Smart Thermostat Addition

Today’s smart programmable thermostat models need minimal input from you to keep your family comfortable while helping you lower your monthly energy bills. They pay for themselves quickly, saving you $200 or more annually when properly used. Learn more about top smart thermostat options and how they can benefit you.

Don’t Overlook Leaks

Seal leaks surrounding windows and doors, outlets and plumbing fixtures with weather stripping, spray foam, and caulk to keep cool, conditioned air within the home. Ensure ductwork is properly connected, sealed, and insulated in unconditioned attics/crawlspaces. Up to 30% of conditioned air can be lost via duct leakage.

Don’t sweat summer air conditioning bills. Stay cool with the help of the affordable air conditioning service & repair from H&H Heating & Air Conditioning today.