How to Avoid Overworking Your AC in a Heatwave
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.