Want to minimize AC strain on your cooling unit this summer? Why wouldn’t you? Taking some of the load off your AC can ensure that you’ll have to make fewer calls for repairs. You can also extend the life of the equipment by making sure it runs cooler and without friction, which can wear out the moving parts. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to reduce AC strain and keep your equipment running right.
Here’s what the experts recommend when it comes to preventing AC strain:
- Change the air filter frequently. The air filter is designed to keep dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates out of the HVAC system. Leaving a dirty filter in place will slow down the airflow, and the system won’t work as effectively to condition the air. The AC will be under strain to achieve thermostat set points. When parts are working harder, they will wear out faster. Change the filter as often as the manufacturer recommends; if you have dusty conditions in your home or an excess of pet hair, change it more often.
- Schedule regular maintenance. Regular maintenance will ensure that failing parts are detected and replaced before they cause more expensive damage to the air conditioner. This may also prevent a breakdown during the hottest part of the summer, when you need cool air most.
- Adopt heat-reducing practices inside the home. There are many things you can do to reduce heat in the home so that your AC doesn’t have to work as hard: Close blinds, curtains, and shades to keep out solar radiation. Don’t cook with the oven during the day (whenever possible, use the microwave). Fix air leaks around window and door frames, baseboards, and anywhere conditioned air might escape. Use ceiling fans to increase circulation so you don’t need the thermostat so low.
- Install a smart thermostat. With a smart thermostat, you can adjust your home’s temperature as needed to save energy. Set the thermostat a few degrees higher when the home is unoccupied or people are sleeping; set it lower when people are present and active.
For more on AC strain, contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.