Summer is here. That means your AC unit is putting in overtime to help keep you cool when the temps reach triple digits. We have a few tips to help reduce the strain on your AC system this summer and help keep you cool.
You might think turning your AC off when you leave your house could save you money on your utility bills. Unfortunately, it can do just the opposite. When the temperature in your home rises, it is even harder for your AC unit to cool your house back down to the desired temperature. Turning off your AC can also increase the humidity level in your home and create condensation and moisture issues, especially in Texas. Your best bet for saving money during the hotter months is investing in a smart or programmable thermostat that allows you to regulate the temperate of your home while you are away. This will enable you to raise the temperature while you are away and lower it again before you get home without putting a strain on the AC unit.
A clogged, dirty filter reduces the airflow in your home. This makes your AC unit work harder than it needs to deliver cold air. If the airflow is restricted, less air can pass over the evaporator coil. It will take longer for the system to work, and there is less heat for the coil to absorb. This often leads to a frozen coil. Dirty filters will also stress the blower motor as it pulls air through at a higher pressure.
We all love fresh air, but summertime in Texas is not the time to open your doors or windows. Allowing summer’s hot, humid air into your home will make more work for your HVAC unit. This also allows pollutants and allergens to enter your home and can lead to quicker clogging up your filter.
If you didn’t have your unit professionally serviced in Spring, now is the time to get it done. Having routine maintenance checks will ensure that your system runs properly. Your system should be serviced bi-annually, and if you need to remember the last time you had it checked, it’s best to have a technician come out and give it a check-up! Preventative maintenance will help prolong the life of your system and ensure you’re breathing the highest air quality you can.
Your AC unit needs your vents open in order to move a certain amount of air through your home at a specific pressure. Shutting vents in an unused room doesn’t actually reduce the amount of cool air created. It could lead to your HVAC system working harder to move the air.
With these few tips, you can help reduce the strain on your AC system this summer. If your HVAC system isn’t cooling – or if you want to ensure you don’t end up A/C-less in the middle of a heat wave, call us! We strive to deliver quality work at a reasonable price. Remember, we promise to bring total home comfort wherever we go!