At this point in the summer, your AC unit has already been hard at work keeping your house cool. If left untouched your unit may begin to show signs of slowing down. Below you’ll find some easy ways to give your air conditioner a hand this summer and keep the cool going all season long.
Change Your Filter
If your system’s air filter is neglected, it can cause real problems for your unit. When your filter is clogged, air becomes unable to move through it, trapping dirt and dust inside your unit’s motor. Not only can this damage your motor, but it lowers the efficiency of your system as a whole. When your filter is forgotten, your AC is forced to work harder to keep you and your house cool. Changing your air filter will not only cancel any premature repairs but allow your system to run as smooth as ever.
Cover Your Windows
Covering your windows is a simple and effective way to relieve some stress from your AC unit. According to energy.gov, 76% of the sunlight that falls on a standard window enters the house as heat. Some ways to avoid this include: purchasing UV blackout curtains, installing shutters, or even an awning for your sun-facing windows. Limiting the heat coming into your house from sunlight gives you the opportunity to maximize your AC.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways to not only increase the efficiency of your HVAC unit this summer but to save some money as well. Smart programmable thermostats are even able to learn your schedule and determine the most efficient times to switch your AC on and off, like when you’re away or at work to save energy and lighten the load for your unit.
Keep Clear of Debris
Vegetation is the number one culprit when it comes to debris clogging your AC. Before you turn on your air conditioner, be sure to clear any sticks, leaves, or twigs from the outside of your unit to avoid any blockage or damage that can be caused to your system.
If these tips still aren’t helping your unit run smoothly, there could be a bigger issue at hand. Don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts for any questions you might have by filling out a contact form or giving us a call at (661) 271-6099.