We depend on our air conditioners for a good part of the year here in Yuma. For that reason, any additional stress you place on your air conditioner can cause premature failure. The good news is that there are some ways you can reduce AC strain during the summer months.
Reduce Heat in Your Home
Heat gain inside your home puts extra stress on your air conditioner. You can take several steps to reduce the heat inside your house, such as:
- Keeping your blinds or curtains closed during the hottest part of the day.
- Avoiding heat-generating activities like bathing, cooking, and washing clothes or dishes until cooler times of the day.
- Grilling outside.
Install an Attic Fan
An attic fan takes some pressure off your air conditioner. It keeps your attic cooler, helping reduce your home’s overall temperature. As a result, your AC unit will run less, reducing AC strain.
Replace Air Filters Often
Check your air filter every month. A dirty air filter restricts airflow, forcing your unit to work harder than necessary to produce cool air and causing AC strain. Changing the filter regularly allows for adequate airflow. When your system doesn’t have to work harder, it will need fewer repairs over its useful life.
Adjust the Thermostat
When you’re out of the house for any period, it’s an excellent idea to turn your thermostat higher. Turning up the temperature when you’re away decreases the strain on your air conditioner.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Have an HVAC professional perform maintenance checks on your heating and cooling system twice a year. During a maintenance service visit, the professional will check every part of your AC system to make sure they’re working correctly. When all components are in good working order, the strain on your system is minimized.
When you reduce AC strain, you’ll reduce the need for AC repairs and help keep your system working efficiently throughout the summer. If you need to schedule maintenance or repair in the Yuma area, contact the HVAC experts at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.