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Summer Air Conditioning Tips

Summer is here and it’s time for your air conditioner to become your most valuable friend to help beat the heat.

Here are some tips and suggestions that will make sure you remain cool and comfortable during the next couple of months.

  • As is often the case with your HVAC unit – no matter if it is in regards to heating or cooling – a simple fix is to change your filters. A clean filter not only cuts down on the circulation of unwanted allergens but it will help with overall efficiency of your system. Filters should be changed once per month, perhaps more if you have a home with pets.
  • Watch what is near the thermostat. Lamps, TVs or any other appliance that produces heat should not be placed near the thermostat. Even if you think the appliance puts out minimal heat, it could still produce enough to make your air conditioner run more than it should. Also, the thermostat itself should be located in an area of your home where it will avoid direct sun light.
  • It is estimated that every degree below 78 will increase your energy consumption by roughly eight percent. If 78 can cool your home comfortably, you will save money as well as wear and tear on your unit. Most importantly, you want to avoid drastic changes in your temperature setting. For example, you don’t want to go from 78 to 70 back to 78, etc.
  • The outside portion of your HVAC unit will run better if it is in some shade. It simply helps the unit run easier to cool your home. Ideally, you also don’t want your outdoor unit on the south or west side of your home and you want to avoid landscaping in the general area with lots of rocks, cement or asphalt. You do also want to make sure the unit isn’t surrounded by weeds or any other unwanted vegetation and the unit should be level on all four sides.
  • A top priority in the summer is to keep the cool air inside and the hot air outside. Check your windows to make sure cool air is not escaping. You can seal air leaks with caulking and weather strips. Adding insulation around your air conditioning ducts can also help.
  • If you have a ceiling fan, it can help distribute cool air by making sure the blades are turning counter-clockwise. If using your ceiling fan correctly for air distribution, you would have had the blades turning clockwise when the heat was on through the winter and early spring.
  • Check your coolant lines. These are the tubes or pipes that run from the evaporator on the air handler to the condenser outside. They are usually covered with foam coolant line insulation. If you notice areas where insulation is missing or frayed, this can be fixed by installing foam insulation sleeves or foam insulation tape.
  • While checking your filters or removing unwanted debris surrounding the outside unit are easy steps you can take without calling a technician, there are certain things that should be left to the professionals. If you are worried about your HVAC performance, contact a licensed technician for a tune up.

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