Here in Florida, we are no strangers to scorching temperatures, and the heat of our summers can really put your home’s AC unit to work. Fortunately, there are some practical and simple ways you can help your unit out, so it runs as efficiently for your family as possible.
Help Your AC Keep Its Cool
Giving your AC unit a little TLC is easier than you think with the following tips.
Check Your Vents
If your AC unit’s vents are clogged with dirt and debris, your AC wastes energy trying to maintain airflow that becomes trapped. An easy way to boost your AC’s efficiency is to vacuum your vents regularly and similarly ensure that no furniture blocks the vent.
Seal Any Leaks
If your utility bill has gone up unexpectedly or you notice that your AC unit is struggling to keep your family comfortable, you may have leaks surrounding your windows and doors that allow the cold air to escape your home. If you notice leaks, seal up the spaces with the appropriate weatherstripping.
Similarly, leaks can occur in your AC unit’s ductwork. Leaking ducts can negatively affect your indoor air quality, the comfortability of your home, and energy efficiency, so any gaps should be sealed.
Change Your Filters
This step is simple, but it’s one that too many people skip. Your AC filters constantly work to keep your home’s air as clean as possible, and that is especially true during the hotter summer months. Change your filters even more frequently than usual during these months to ensure that your AC is not working harder than needed.
Close the Blinds
Keeping your windows covered with blinds or heat-resistant curtains during the hottest hours of the day is an easy way to help repel the heat back outside where it belongs. Your AC unit won’t have to work harder to compensate for the extra heat coming into your home.
Turn Up the Temperature
You can help your AC unit run more efficiently while also saving money on your electric bill by raising your thermostat from around 5-8 degrees. The availability of programmable thermostats makes it even easier to increase your home’s temperature while you are away and lower it to your ideal temperature when you return.
Of course, the best way to get your AC unit summer ready is to schedule an inspection and maintenance service, which helps you know your unit is running at its best and get ahead of any potential problems before they worsen.
Chill Out This Summer With Comfort Temp
When you’re ready to experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your AC unit is prepared for whatever our seasons bring, contact your trusted Comfort Temp team. Our skilled technicians know how to help your AC run optimally year-round to keep you and your family comfortable at home.