Minimize Strain On Your Air Conditioner

4 Tips to Help Minimize Strain On Your Air Conditioner

When we get deep into summer, our air conditioners almost never get a break. Because of this, your system can become strained by the work overload which can lead to constant need for repairs or even premature system breakdown. When it’s sweltering hot outside, a broken air conditioner is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. In order to help minimize strain on your air conditioner, follow these tips.

Reduce Heat In Your Home

Unnecessary added heat in your home will cause your air conditioner to work overtime cooling your home down. In rooms which experience a lot of direct sunlight, close the curtains or blinds during the day. Having the sun shine through your windows all day will add a surprising amount of heat to your home during the summer. Keep windows and doors closed as often as possible to keep hot air out as well. If possible, wait until the sun goes down and the temperature drops to use your oven, burners, or dryer. Each of these devices use large amounts of heat which will disperse throughout your home. Decreasing your usage of these appliances during the day will help minimize strain on your air conditioner.

Regular Maintenance

We think it’s best to compare your HVAC system to your car; they are both huge investments which require regular maintenance to operate efficiently and effectively. We regularly have our car’s oil changed, tires rotated, and have an overall cleaning performed, so why wouldn’t you do the same for your home comfort system? These tasks are easy to perform with a maintenance plan from Childress Heating and Cooling. Our maintenance plans include two visits a year where our technicians will inspect your system, clean it, and provide you with any recommendations for repairs if needed. Having these visits planned can help give you peace of mind knowing that your system is being taken care of and operating at peak efficiency. 

Replace Your Air Filters

If you’re not regularly replacing your HVAC filters… start now! Over time, filters will become clogged with dust, dander, dirt, allergens, and other contaminants which have been filtered out of your home’s air. If left unchecked, your air conditioning system will strain to push air through the blocked filters. This will lead to reduced or uneven air flow and an uncomfortable home. Don’t make your system work overtime or sacrifice your comfort! 

We recommend homeowners replace their filters every 1-3 months, on average. If you have pets, live in a humid climate (like Southside!), or have 5 or more people in the home, aim for switching out your filters on a monthly basis.  

Choose A Programmable Thermostat

A great way to lighten your air conditioner’s load is to have a programmable thermostat installed in your home. Many of us are away during most of the day at work or school, yet our air conditioner continues to run and keep the house cold the entire time. This is a waste of energy, money, and puts needless strain on your system. With a programmable thermostat you will be able to set your home’s temperature to be higher while you’re away, and then have your system cool your home back down before you come back. This way you’ll minimize strain on your air conditioner and save money on your monthly energy bills. 

Contact Us

Don’t forget we are here to service your HVAC system and keep it operating at maximum efficiency. Whether you need regular maintenance, major repairs, or a programmable thermostat installed, we have you covered. Just give us a call at (256) 312-1893

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