Have you noticed that it seems to be getting hotter outside, seasonally? It’s no coincidence. With rising global temperatures, you can expect even hotter temperatures in the summer. This puts even more stress on your air conditioning system — so you’ll need to ensure it’s in tip-top shape. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to protect your air conditioner and keep your family comfortable.
Change Your AC Filters
One of the simplest — and most effective — things you can do is regularly switch out your AC filters. If your system is running all the time (like in the summer for instance) it’s recommended that you replace your AC filters once a month, and once every three months during the off season. Your HVAC always needs to have a constant flow of air running through the system. If the filters fill up with debris and dust, your system needs to work harder to keep the air moving and maintain the desired temperature. This can put tremendous strain on your AC, as well as increase your energy bills. Furthermore, a dirty filter means you’re filling your household air with dust, pollen, and other allergens, thereby threatening the health of you and your family.
Taking steps to keep your AC in good shape is important, but it’s still no substitute for hiring a professional. Regular servicing is required that’s best left in the skilled hands of your local repair company in Gainesville, GA. Having a professional come in once a year to service your air conditioner can make all the difference.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Your AC system is at its most efficient if it’s running cooler when people are in the home and active, and running warmer at night, or when the residents are out during the day. While you can remember to raise and lower your home’s temperature at certain times, you’re far better off installing a programmable thermostat, and letting it do it automatically. You’ll notice no difference in comfort, but you will notice a substantial reduction in your energy bill.
Use More Area Fans
Believe it or not, old fashioned fans still work great. Any kind of fan (but particularly ceiling fans) keep the cool air circulating, lowering the temperature of your house without having to lower the thermostat any further. Make sure your fans are running counter-clockwise in the summer to promote better air flow.
Don’t Cool Empty Rooms
Those fans we discussed up above? Turn them off when you leave the room. Also, walk around the house and close the vents in the unoccupied rooms. There’s probably a lot of real estate that your AC system is cooling, and yet there’s no one there to appreciate it. This can only result in added costs and strain on your system with no added benefit to you.
To get the most out of your system, have it inspected and serviced by the professionals at Gainesville Mechanical, serving all Northern Georgia. We’re the experts in AC service in Gainesville, GA, and we’re happy to answer any questions you have. Give us a call at (770) 532-9130 today!