Get Ready for the Summer Heat. Get Your AC Ready
While there are benefits to all the seasons, summer is the favorite for many people. It’s that time of year for fun times outdoors, family vacations, cookouts and special holidays, like the 4th of July.
Don’t let an unpleasant event-like your air conditioner breaking down in the peak of the summer heat ruin your fun. You need to be able to retreat into your cool, comfortable home at the end of the day.
You can take steps as a homeowner to make sure that you can count on your A/C to work when it need it the most.
There are a few key items to address regarding your unit’s energy efficiency and reliability. Here is what you should know:
Avoid Turning the Thermostat Down Too Low
On the one hand, if you want your home to be cooler, you should turn the thermostat down accordingly, right? Not so.
Turning it down too low might cool your home at the moment, but you are causing strain on your system, which will age it prematurely.
You are also consuming far more energy, which means that your energy bills will climb high.
As a rule, set your thermostat to 78°F and look to other low-cost ways to make your home cooler.
Run ceiling fans, close drapes during the day and plant vines or trees outside windows for shade.
You can also install awnings over your windows and keep lights off when you can, because light bulbs produce heat too.
Hands down, the best way to generate cost savings from your A/C is to make a habit of having an annual inspection done.
It is during the inspection that all the important parts of your system get cleaned.
You can also determine if there are any problems brewing that might interfere with its operation as it gets hotter outside.
During this process, the technician primes your unit to be as energy efficient as possible.
Ongoing maintenance like this can extend the lifespan of your air conditioner as well.
How Old is Your Air Conditioner?
If your A/C is 10+ years old, be ready to replace your unit sooner rather than later.
Not only is your unit more prone to breaking down, but it also doesn’t have the same energy efficient enhancements that come standard with newer models. There are cost benefits to upgrading.
Red flags that your system is on its way out include rattling noises, foul odors, leaks from the unit, lack of cool air and/or low air flow and higher energy bills.