Tips for Managing Your AC During the Summer

It’s no secret that the summers in our area are hot, which is why an effective and efficient cooling system is not just a luxury, but a necessity to our community this time of year. With that in mind, it’s important to properly manage and maintain your AC system during the hot summer months so that you’ll stay cool and comfortable in your home all summer long.

Though the official end to summer is only a few short weeks away, we can continue to expect temperatures in the 80s and 90s for the next few months. Here are a few of our top tips for managing your AC during the summer.

  • Schedule maintenance: An efficient and long lasting air conditioning system all begins with proper maintenance. We recommend bi-annual maintenance for your system. If it’s been over 6 months since you last scheduled maintenance for your system, give us a call! Regular maintenance can help to address small issues and repairs before they become major problems that can be costly and cause your home to be uncomfortable.
  • Clean air filters and ducts: Your system is forced to work harder when it needs to pump air through dirty filters and ducts in your home. In order to keep your system working at peak performance, it’s important that your air filters are cleaned or replaced at the start of each new season. An HVAC professional can also inspect and clean your ducts as necessary. These simple steps will not only improve the comfort of your home, but can also go a long way towards improving your home’s indoor air quality.
  • Clean around your unit: Just as important as cleaning the internal components of your AC unit is ensuring that the area around your unit is clear from dust and debris. During summer storms, it’s not uncommon for your unit to become surrounded by dirt, mud, and fallen branches. Take some time to survey the area around your air conditioning unit and clean up the area if need be. Doing so can help to keep your system running smoothly and prevent any safety hazards.
  • Adjust vents to your lifestyle: If you have less frequently used rooms of your home, such as a guest bedroom or additional bathroom, close the vents in these areas to restrict airflow. Doing so will increase the air conditioning flow in more commonly used rooms, such as the kitchen and living room. It’s a simple way to keep your home cool without overusing energy.

Managing your AC during the summer months can help to keep you cool without increasing energy costs.