Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

It never fails. Sharonville is experiencing record heat and the air conditioner in your home is blowing out warm air or stops working entirely. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you pick up the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and wait out the heat until relief arrives. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to lower the possibility of this happening to you this summer.

Maximize Air Flow

For the A/C system to work correctly, you need to ensure the air is pulling through properly, including recirculating air from within your home. If this process is obstructed in any way, it can cause problems in your unit. To assure you have the manufacturer suggested air flow, 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.

Another tip is to program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help lower humidity in your Sharonville area home. This can provide a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from growing in your home.

Watch Out for Those Pests

Many bugs and pests are drawn to A/C 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 foundation of the unit with a reasonably wide perimeter of 24 – 36 inches.

Stay Level

Most outdoor A/C units are situated on a concrete slab or other platform, allowing them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, limiting the performance of the air conditioner. Every now and then, look at your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are also important to keep your air conditioner functioning well. Try to schedule system maintenance review before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Keeping these tips in mind, you may be able to avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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