Heatwaves can be difficult to cope with for many of us, but an overworked
air conditioning unit can make things even more uncomfortable when it breaks down. With
temperatures spiking across the country, many people will be relying on
their units to work well. Learn what you can do to avoid overtaxing your
HVAC system so your home can stay cool.
A strained air conditioning system can break down, costing you in expensive
repairs. When it breaks down in the middle of a heatwave, you may worry
you’ll melt in the heat before your HVAC repair service can take
care of it. Maintenance is an important part of keeping your cooling system
up and running. Check that your system is free of debris or blockages,
and check your refrigerant levels. Your HVAC system should receive an
annual tune up to get it ready for summer weather. Regular filter changes
can reduce strain on your system and keep it from working as hard to move
air through your home. Check your filters and change them out when they
begin to clog with dust. Schedule routine maintenance for your system
to prevent costly repairs later.
Maintaining a constant temperature is also important for your system. Lowering
the thermostat too much won’t result in your house cooling off any
faster, just a strained system as your HVAC unit tries to keep up with
your demands. Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and leave
it there. Your system will reach that temperature more quickly, and won’t
have to work as hard to do so. You may also want to raise your thermostat
by a few degrees. While it seems counterintuitive, you may find you have
a range of comfortable temperatures, and even a few degrees can take the
pressure off of your cooling system.
Prevent other sources of heat in your home. Reduce solar warming by closing
windows and blinds, especially on the south and west sides of your home.
Invest in solar or thermal curtain for extra temperature control. Don’t
forget to cover glass doors as well, as they can let heat and light in
that can raise the temperature inside your home. Seal air leaks around
your windows and doors, and keep them closed. Keep your home insulated,
and ensure that there is adequate ventilation in your attic to prevent
warm air from moving through your home.
Avoid using appliances such as dryers, washing machines, dishwashers, ovens,
and other heat-producing appliances. Turn off lights that you aren’t
using, and turn on fans to help move cooled air through your home. Fans
work best when you’re in the room to enjoy the breeze, so save power
and turn them off when you leave. Consider installing attic fans or whole
house fans to draw heat out of your home during peak temperatures.
Landscaping can play a big role in helping your home stay cool. If you
live in warm climates, you may want to consider investing in shade trees
or trellises to block the sun. Awnings, patio covers, and reflective window
tinting can also be employed to protect your windows from solar warming,
and make it easier on your system to cool your home.
Get your system ready for high summer temperatures. At
Summers™ Plumbing Heating & Cooling, their Indiana air conditioning professionals are on call for all your
emergency cooling needs and routine maintenance. They can prepare your
system for summer and can quickly get it back up and running if needed.
Summers™ Plumbing Heating & Cooling has 15 locations throughout
Indiana to serve you.
Contact their offices today to
schedule an inspection or service.