Summertime in the Grand Traverse County area can get very hot and muggy, and your overworked air conditioner can use a helping hand to keep you cool. These tips will help you take the load off of your system to increase its efficiency, reduce wear and lower your cooling costs.
Maintain your system
- If you haven’t already, schedule preventive maintenance with a qualified HVAC technician. A yearly tune-up is the best way to increase your system’s efficiency, extend its operating life, lower your utility bills, and help prevent common air conditioning problems later in the summer.
- Check your air filter monthly and replace it when you can no longer see through it. A dirty filter will impede air flow to your system and make it work harder to keep you cool.
- Maintain the area around your indoor unit to prevent dust from entering the system, reducing its efficiency.
- Spray down your outdoor condensing unit monthly to remove debris trapped in the fins, which can inhibit air flow and hamper the efficiency of the condensing coil, which sends heat energy from your home to the outdoors.
Keep heat out
- Seal air leaks around doors and windows with caulk and weatherstripping.
- Seal loose joints in your ducts with mastic sealant or metal tape to prevent cool air from escaping, and insulate ducts in unconditioned areas such as attics and crawlspaces.
- Avoid operating heat-generating appliances during the hottest part of the day.
- Keep your window shades drawn during the day to help combat summertime heat gain.
- Use room and ceiling fans to help you feel cooler. Be sure to turn them off when you leave the room to save on electricity costs.
- Perform arduous household tasks early in the morning or when the sun goes down.
- Use your bathroom fan when you shower to reduce humidity, which can make you feel warmer. Turn it off when you’re finished, so it doesn’t continue sending conditioned air outside.
Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing is dedicated to the year-round comfort of Grand Traverse County area residents. Please contact us for more expert advice about helping your overworked air conditioner keep you cool efficiently all summer long.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioner maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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