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Tips to Keep Your AC Running Smoothly This Summer

As temperature rises, ensuring your air conditioning unit runs smoothly to keep your home cool and comfortable is essential. With proper care and maintenance, you can prevent costly repairs and extend the lifespan of your AC system. Cleaning or replacing filters, inspecting and cleaning the coils, and checking thermostat settings are some vital steps to ensure your AC system is optimized for peak performance. 

Constant maintenance can prevent unexpected breakdowns and extend your unit's lifespan. Keep cool in this scorching summer heat. However, you should seek expert help if something goes wrong. Are you wondering what else you ought to be doing? Please stay tuned for more advice on maintaining the smooth operation of your air conditioner during the summer.

On The Air Conditioner Unit

Clean Coils and Condenser

The coils are the serpentine metal tubes that run through the fins. Dust and debris can build up around the condenser coil in your AC unit. As per experts, dirty coils consume as much as 37% more energy than clean coils. They make your system work harder and can lead to system failure or costly repairs. To avoid these issues, you should keep your coils clean during the height of summer. 

Clean or Replace Filters

If you are trying to figure out how to make your air conditioner work better, checking the air filters regularly is the best place to start. It is best to change the AC filter once every 1–3 months. Inspecting them monthly, especially during peak usage periods. Cleaning or replacing them whenever necessary is one of the easiest ways to prevent your AC system from overworking, saving you money on energy bills and prolonging its lifespan.

Clean The Unit and Surrounding Area

Debris can clog or restrict your AC's exterior vents if you sit through dry, dusty days, windy thunderstorms, or steamy summer scorchers. Take time to clear away any dirt and debris, remove weeds, and cut back on plant overgrowth to ensure proper airflow around the AC unit.

Monitor Refrigerant Levels

After confirming the ductwork is in top shape, it is essential to monitor your AC's refrigerant levels for optimal performance. Check for refrigerant leaks, measure and maintain correct pressure levels, verify the accurate coolant type, and check for contamination. By following these steps, you will keep your AC running smoothly and ensure your home stays cool all summer.

Around The House

Optimize Thermostat Settings

A programmable thermostat lets you set specific temperatures for different times of the day, optimizing your AC's efficiency. This smart technology allows you to maintain precise temperature control, ensuring your home stays cool when you need it and conserves energy when you do not. Your energy cost will drop as a result, saving you money. You can save energy and personalize the comfort level in your house with a digital thermostat.

Keep Doors and Windows Closed

Warmth in your house may be introduced through windows that let in the sun's beams. When it's really hot outside, keep the drapes and blinds closed. In addition, shut windows and doors when your air conditioner is operating to stop cool air from leaving. To keep your house sealed, be sure to cover up any cracks or fractures surrounding it. It keeps your house colder and makes your air conditioner run more smoothly.

Check Indoor Vents

Make sure no impediments are blocking any of the vents for optimal AC operation. Use sheer drapes to prevent furniture blocking instead of covering them, and clean the area surrounding vents regularly to manage pet hair. These actions support maintaining adequate ventilation, improved air quality, and a cozy home atmosphere.

Upgrade Your Insulation

Even if you undertake routine maintenance and have your AC serviced annually, the system has a finite lifespan. After all of these, if you face any problems, it may be time to upgrade. Insulation aids in retaining cold air inside and heated air outside. Inspect and replace the insulation in your house as needed, paying particular attention to the attic. The amount to which your air conditioner can cool your house depends greatly on proper insulation.

Think About Your Landscape

Your property's exterior directly affects the inside temperature. Your home's surrounding temperature will rise if there is a lot of rock, concrete, or asphalt near your walls, since these materials both absorb and reflect heat. This makes your AC work harder to keep the interior cool. If your property is surrounded by a lot of heat-radiating objects, you might be thinking of planting large, shade-giving trees. A few strategically positioned trees may have a noticeable cooling effect.

Signs Your AC Needs an HVAC Professional

Knowing when your air conditioner can benefit from expert maintenance is essential to keeping your house cool and cozy. Some important indicators that you should hire an HVAC specialist for your AC are as follows:

Schedule Early Air Conditioner Maintenance

Consider your air conditioning system the center of your summer retreat. You're fostering comfort and tranquility in your house by paying attention to these important tips, not simply equipment maintenance. Do not wait until mid-summer, when the temperature skyrockets. To enjoy your summer in a cool and comfortable manner, schedule an early inspection and maintenance of your AC unit from Ewing & Ewing Air Conditioning in Florida.

For more than 40 years, we have been serving our residents in West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and other cities within our service area. Our BBB-certified technicians provide a complete list of HVAC services, including AC Installation, AC Repairs, AC Replacements, AC MaintenanceIndoor Air Quality Solutions, and more. 

Contact us today or schedule an appointment for any of your HVAC needs and an expert consultation.

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