Before you know it, summer months are going to come by, bringing with it high temperatures and increased air conditioning costs. Rest easy knowing you can enjoy the nice weather while your HVAC system runs at peak efficiency. At Accurate Heating & Air Conditioning, we don’t just install and repair air conditioning units – we ensure that they are maintained, so your system is working optimally on days they work the most.
Here is a list of 10 tens ways we have to beat the heat without breaking the bank.
#1 AC Inspection
Before the temperature rises, it is in your best interest to set up an inspection and maintenance appointment. The last thing you want is for your air conditioning system to go out when you need it the most.
Cleaning the dirt and debris from the outdoor unit
An inspection of the base pan and condensate drain for any blockages or leaks
An inspection and cleaning of the outdoor control box and electrical components
Verification of refrigerant levels to ensure maximum system efficiency
An air conditioning inspection and maintenance appointment helps to prevent future issues from occurring. With summer months leading to the more frequent use of air conditioning, it can start to take a toll on your system. Be sure that there is nothing that needs to be replaced before you need it the most.
#2 Change The Filters
One of the easiest and quickest ways to improve your air conditioning system’s performance is to replace your air filter regularly. The frequency that your air filter should be replaced depends on several factors, including the quality of the air filter, your HVAC system usage, if you have pets, the amount of dust in your home, how many people are in your home, and more.
With an annual maintenance program, your filters are cleaned or replaced twice a year; however, it should be checked on more often. A clogged air filter means that your system has to work harder and is less efficient. A clean air filter not only increases airflow through the home, but it also decreases the amount of dust and allergens in the air. If you have allergies, it helps to check your air filter more often. To check the air filter yourself, hold it up to the light, and if you can’t see through it – it’s time to replace it. You can also ask your HVAC technician to show you during your next maintenance appointment.
#3 Inspect Your Vents
Within your home, take a little bit of time to make sure your vents are clean and uncovered. Furniture and carpets can block the vents – reducing airflow. By rearranging the furniture or getting vent redirecting tools, you can improve the efficiency of your system. If your vents are being obstructed, your air conditioning system has to work harder to compensate. A small change you can do would be to vacuum any dirt that has gotten into the vents.
#4 Install A Programmable Thermostat
Turning air conditioning down or off when you’re not home seems like an obvious step to saving money. You can make this even easier by automating your system. Set your temperature settings on a timer for morning and night.
When we get home during the hot summer months, we want to blast the air conditioning at full speed. Depending on what kind of thermostat you get, you might be able to set it before you get home, so it is nice and cool when you get there.
While we are looking at thermostats, be aware of where it is located. Is your thermostat facing the sun or near heat-generating appliances? This could cause your air conditioning system to run for longer than necessary. If you get a new thermostat, look to find the optimal place for it.
#5 Seal Your Windows And Doors
“Don’t let the cool air out!” – That’s something I’m sure we have all heard when we open the windows or doors when the air conditioning system is running. However, even if it’s closed, they could still leak air. Prevent this by sealing and weather-stripping your doors and windows.
Another bonus tip here is when you leave a room, shut the vents and the door so that cool air redirects to areas of the house that are in use.
#6 Close The Blinds
For any windows facing the sun, be sure to close the curtains or blinds. Sunlight raises the temperature, and by getting some shade, you quickly reduce solar heat. Use windows not in direct sunlight to let light in or use energy-efficient light bulbs.
#7 Do Your Chores At Night
Cooking and running appliances generate a lot of additional heat. By cooking outside on the grill and saving your chores for the cooler parts of the day or night, it helps keep the temperature in your house cool and consistent.
#8 Change Your Bedding
In the winter, nothing feels better than a big, heavy comforter and flannel sheets. In the summer, this could easily make sleeping uncomfortable and way too hot. Breathable, light cotton sheets, and your HVAC system set to cool will provide you the ideal sleeping temperature.
#9 Replace Your AC System
It might be time to replace your air conditioning system to a newer, energy-efficient unit. These systems help to reduce energy bills, and in the long run, the savings will pay for itself. With new equipment, you get to enjoy lower energy bills, better performance, and longer operating life than your old unit. Contact us for more information on air conditioning replacement options.
#10 Regular Maintenance
With an annual maintenance program, you’re ensuring that your system is getting cleaned and inspected twice a year – before summer and before winter. Regular service ensures that your system is running efficiently and helps to catch minor problems before they become major repairs. Maintenance is key to a safe and efficient home.
Our annual maintenance program includes:
10% off Repairs
5% off Installations
Air conditioning can be a costly expense in the summer months. Make sure that you’re saving money by making your system run as effectively and efficiently as possible. Now is the perfect time to make sure your system is ready to get to work – we are.
Contact us for your next air conditioning or heating installation, repair, maintenance, or replacement.