The heat of summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to talk about how to keep your AC system running smoothly during the hottest part of the year. Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing like the peace of mind knowing that your HVAC is keeping you cool when it’s so hot outside!
Keep scrolling to learn how to minimize the strain on your air conditioning system this summer with tips from our 5-star team at Best Home Services.
Keep Cool This Summer
To prevent unexpected HVAC breakdowns make sure to follow these tips!
Don’t Let the Temperature Rise: Why You Should Leave the AC On
You might believe that turning off your air conditioner when you leave will reduce your energy costs. Even so, turning off your air conditioner completely makes it work harder when you switch it back on to reach the temperature you’ve set.
Plus, turning your AC off completely increases the humidity levels in your home, creating moisture issues on our particularly hot and humid Southwest Florida days.
If you are looking for the best way to save money and keep your home cool, investing in a smart or programmable thermostat is a great option.
Smart thermostats allow you to regulate the temperature of your home while you are away for the day while still giving your bank account a break. It’s simple. Set the thermostat to raise the temperature slightly while you are away at work, and then, lower it again before you arrive home.
Learn More > The Benefits of a Smart Thermostat
Keep Windows and Doors Shut
If you leave your windows or doors open, it allows hot air inside. Your unit will work harder than it has to if you let additional hot, humid air into your house, especially during Florida’s sweltering summers when it already has to work double time to keep your space cool.
It is also important to note that keeping windows and doors open can allow allergens and pollutants to enter your home and cause all kinds of air quality problems as they circulate throughout your space.
Change Your Air Filters Regularly
Less airflow due to clogged air filters means that your HVAC system will have to work harder to move air around your home, putting unnecessary strain on the equipment.
Dirty air filters restrict airflow and can put your HVAC system at risk of a frozen evaporator coil or stress on the blower motor.
We recommend changing your air filters every 30-60 days.
Don’t Shut Too Many Air Registers in Your Home
Your home’s ducting system is intended to circulate a specified volume of air at a particular pressure through the ducts, so for it to function properly, air vent registers must be left open.
The amount of cool air your system produces won’t be reduced by closing air registers in empty rooms; instead, your system will have to work harder to move the air that is already flowing through it.
Shutting air registers in unused rooms won’t reduce the amount of cool air that your system creates, it just means that your system will have to work harder to move the air that is passing through the system.
Making your HVAC system work harder is the last thing you need during a hot Southwest Florida summer!
Schedule Seasonal HVAC Maintenance
When you schedule seasonal HVAC maintenance, our team at Best Home Services will inspect all vital components of the system including the evaporator and condenser coils, ensuring that everything is working properly. We suggest having your HVAC system inspected and maintained twice a year; once in the spring, and again in the fall.
Remember, a little bit of maintenance can keep you from experiencing unexpected breakdowns and major repairs in the future!
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Get Summer Ready with the Best
It’s already starting to get hot here in Southwest Florida, so it is imperative that you have your HVAC system inspected and repaired if needed before the dog days of summer are here. Our team at Best Home Services can install a smart thermostat and perform HVAC maintenance to ensure that you and your family are cool and comfortable all summer long!