What’s better than the feeling of ice-cold A/C blasting in your face, especially during a Texas August? During an intense heatwave like this, you may not think that there’s any such thing as too much A/C. You may also notice that your A/C might be working overtime to compensate under the beating sun this year.
We all know the dangers of an overworked A/C, and nearly everyone has an anecdote about the A/C going out in the most untimely manner. What is the best way to ensure that your HVAC equipment can stand up to the heat during these boiling times?
As summer rages outside, we’ve got a few tips that every homeowner can implement to ease the load on their A/C and prevent any unfortunate breakdowns.
Dust & Debris
We know–no one likes dusting! However, it’s something that can truly provide that extra bit of love that helps keep your A/C running smoothly. Dust and debris can easily make their way into the HVAC system and back it up. Alongside regular dusting, replacing air filters often, especially if you have pets, is vital. Some recommend every three months, but depending on how contaminated your environment can become, you may need to replace filters as often as once a month. Dirty and congested air filters can really hinder airflow in your system, thus making the system work harder than it normally would, which could be its demise! A quick swipe of the vent with a damp towel once a week can make a world of difference.
Likewise, the outside unit needs to be free of debris as well. Making sure to clear twigs and dead leaves from the surrounding area will ensure that the outdoor unit stays functioning properly.
There are also plenty of ways to summer-proof your home that allow your A/C to work a little less. Energy-efficient windows, although an expensive investment, provide a host of pros, including helping cool your home. Those with low-emissions coating are specifically designed to reflect UV light, thus preventing as much heat from entering through the windows, while still allowing the entrance of natural light.
Similarly, blackout curtains can be lifesavers in the summer months, as they can completely block the sun’s harsh rays from entering your home at all, although you’re also blocking natural light with this option.
Not too keen on the idea of replacing all your windows? No worries–cost-effective reflective film can do the trick in a pinch. Although admittedly not as effective, they can still provide you and your A/C unit with a bit of relief when you’re in the trenches.
Ever notice the rays of sunshine that come filtering in from the bottom of your front door? Perhaps a tiny draft in your living room window? These things may seem trivial, but small breaks in the sealing of your doors or windows can cause quite a fuss during the summer months.
When that twelve o’clock sun rears its ugly head, drafts that allow the heat to come in from multiple points in your home can really make a difference. Luckily fixing this can be quite easy! Simply apply new easy-to-find caulk and weatherstripping where needed, and you’re guaranteed to feel a difference in the temperature.
The best thing to do for your HVAC system, of course, is to consult a professional. Do you feel like your A/C is trudging along, isn’t as efficient as before, or is acting up? Start right here by giving us a call here at Tri-Point Refrigeration and we would be ecstatic to take a look at your unit, as well as give you some tips to summer-proof your home! Reducing the pressure on your A/C unit will ensure its longevity, as well as protect your wallet from costly repairs or replacements.
We’re excited to help you along the way, and with regular servicing, we can keep your equipment running smoothly and healthily, while also extending the reach of your dollar.
For a direct line to any of our employees ready on the line to help you, please call…(512) 651-4565 for our Austin, Texas community (806) 686-0050 for our Lubbock, Texas community.
Or check out our website at www.tripointrefrigeration.com
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