Fall might be on the horizon, but most Henderson homeowners are still running their air conditioners at full blast. Don’t risk a system breakdown while temperatures are still high. Here are some tips for keeping cool with your A/C through the end of summer.
Change Your Air Filter
One of the most effective ways to ensure that your air conditioner runs smoothly is also one of the easiest things you can do. Mark your calendar and change the air filter once a month throughout the summer, or anytime you’re running the A/C constantly. The air filter’s job is to trap airborne dirt and debris, so it’s likely to capture more during times of heavy use. An overloaded air filter forces your air conditioner to work harder to circulate air, which can eventually cause your system to fail.
Cut Back Your Landscaping
When you’re trying to stay cool inside, it’s easy to forget that a major component of your air conditioner resides outside. It’s important to keep the outdoor unit clear at all times, to ensure that airflow is never restricted or compromised. Make a point of cutting back any bushes, shrubs, flowers, or trees to give your air conditioner at least two or three feet of clearance on all sides. Once a week, check the outdoor unit and clean off any branches, leaves, grass clippings, or other debris.
Run a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans have been summertime staples for much longer than air conditioners have, and these devices can still do wonders to improve airflow and cool down rooms. In the summer, ceiling fans generate breeze that has a minor wind chill effect. This can make warm rooms feel several degrees cooler, which means you can consider turning your thermostat up a few degrees to give your A/C a break.
Keep Hot Air Outside
Sometimes the easiest way to keep your home cool is to prevent it from getting too overheated in the first place. You can do this by making a few small changes, like taking care to shut curtains and blinds when the afternoon sun is hottest. If your home doesn’t have much shade cover, consider adding awnings over windows where the sun is most direct. By keeping the afternoon sun out, you can keep cool inside without running the risk of overworking your air conditioner.
Install a Smart Thermostat
There’s no need to let your A/C run when no one’s home. When you replace your old manual thermostat with a smart thermostat, you can tell your air conditioner to run only when necessary. Program your smart thermostat to increase your home’s base temperature during the day while everyone’s out and late at night while the family sleeps.
With a smart thermostat, you can even program your A/C to cool down your home right before you return from work. If your daily plans change, you can prompt your A/C to change its schedule, too. Connect with your smart thermostat over Wi-Fi, and let your air conditioner know exactly when to start cooling your home. Since you can access your system from anywhere, you never have to worry about letting it run for an empty house.
Plan for Preventative Maintenance
When you plan ahead by scheduling preventative maintenance, an air conditioning issue will never occur when you least expect it. With a preventative maintenance agreement from Ambient Edge, you’ll benefit from two tune-ups per year. Our professional technicians follow a comprehensive checklist to ensure that each component of your air conditioner runs smoothly. We’ll check and recharge your refrigerant levels, inspect the system’s blower assembly, and check the unit for rust and corrosion. We’ll also lubricate moving parts and change your air filter.
On top of that, we’ll inspect your entire air conditioning system to make sure no additional repairs are necessary. With a combination of regular monitoring and a thorough system checkup, you can rest assured that minor issues with your air conditioner won’t turn into major problems.
Don’t wait to maintain your air conditioner. Call the professionals at Ambient Edge to schedule regular maintenance today: 702-723-4704.
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