It never fails. A heat wave is covering the Houston area and the air conditioner in your home starts blowing out warm air or stops working completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you reach for the phone to call your HVAC specialist, as you and your family brave the heat. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to lower the chance of this happening to you this summer.
Ensure Maximum Air Flow
To work properly, your air conditioner needs to pull air through the system, including recirculating air throughout the rooms of your home. If the air flow is blocked in any way, it can end up translating to money out of pocket for you. To ensure your air conditioner has the air flow it needs, make sure to keep space around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes cutting back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Controlling the consumption of your indoor energy use is simple with a programmable thermostat. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.
In addition, program your thermostat for longer run-cycles. While this action won’t prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Houston area home. This can offer a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from developing in your home.
Get Rid of Any Pests
For some reason certain bugs and pests are attracted to air conditioning units, which can be detrimental if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the base of the unit to keep them from “bugging” your air conditioner.
Most outdoor A/C units rest on a concrete slab or other platform, giving them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, impacting the performance of the air conditioner. Check on your outdoor component to confirm that the base continues to stay level.
Obviously, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are pretty important to keep your air conditioner functioning well. Call to schedule system maintenance review before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. By following these simple tips, you may be able to minimize A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.