The summer months bring with them sunshine, warmer temperatures and thoughts of relaxation indoors away from the heat. Our homes’ air conditioning systems make it possible to enjoy the summer months without the discomfort of extreme temperatures. Proper care of your air conditioning system is vital in keeping your home cool and comfortable. The following AC maintenance tips will help you ensure proper operation of your HVAC system throughout the hot months of summer.
Proper air conditioning maintenance:
- Schedule a system inspection by a reliable service professional at the beginning of the season.
Your service technician will change your filter and check to make sure that all of the system components are clean and operating properly. An air conditioner that is working outside of the manufacturer’s specifications can cost you money in utility bills and potentially lead to costly repair work.
- Make sure equipment has adequate clearance from obstructions and landscaping.
Your AC condensing unit needs enough space around it for the air to circulate freely. Verify that there is a minimum of one foot of open space around all sides of the unit. You should also maintain at least five feet of clearance above the unit, so if necessary, cut back any branches or vegetation that may be obstructing air flow to the condenser.
- Reduce heat sources inside your home
The sunshine that comes with summer months can quickly heat a room as it passes through clear windows. Be sure to close curtains, blinds or drapes to reduce air temperatures inside your home. Be particularly mindful of any rooms with windows that face the west or south. These windows will get the most sunshine throughout the day.
- Be sensible about the expectations you have for your air conditioning system
Setting the temperature in your home to a temperature that is excessively cool can not only make your home uncomfortable, but it will also lead to wasted energy and high utility costs. Turn the thermostat on your HVAC system to a level between 73 and 78 degrees during the daylight hours. By raising the temperature during warmer months, you can reduce your monthly utility bills by up to ten percent.
- Use ceiling fans to circulate the air
Ceiling fans may not reduce air temperatures, but they will keep it circulating. The breeze created by simply moving the air can make a warm room seem more comfortable.
- Lower the humidity levels in your home
Use a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of humidity inside your house. Rooms with lower humidity levels can be cooled more effectively. Speak with a professional about the size and type of dehumidifier to fit your situation.
For more information on these AC maintenance tips contact the experts at Classic Heating and Air. Call 214-310-2665 to speak with a friendly representative today!
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