Summer is right around the corner! Nobody likes to sit down to watch T.V. or relax in the living room and start sweating like they are in a sauna. And now, with all the social distancing and work from home policies that have been put in place, you might not want to experience being in your home office at high temperatures — there’s enough stress going around with the current situation to be worrying about a hot home office, as well.
Here at Blueox Energy, we want to offer you some tips to keep your air conditioning running smoothly during the summer. We know that not everyone is willing to put the thermostat as low as it can go and let the unit blast the house with cold air 24/7. This will solve most of your temperature problems in the house, but at the same time, it can cause other problems that you might not want to deal with, a high power bill being one of them.
Continue to read our blog to learn more about how to keep your A/C running efficiently so you can enjoy your home during the summer.
Experiment With The Thermostat
There’s probably a memory embedded in your mind from a time that you tried to lower or raise the temperature of the house and had an adult tell you not to touch the thermostat. Now that you are all grown, you can take advantage of the master control of your thermostat and make sure that your house remains at a pleasant temperature throughout the day.
Some people are used to turning off the A/C completely at certain hours of the day because it’s “fresh outside”. This can make sense if the temperatures where you live don’t fluctuate too much. Although, you have to take into account that if the days get much hotter during noon and early afternoon, your body might regulate its temperature and you might not notice the difference at first until you feel that you are not comfortable anymore inside your own home.
At the time you realize that your home’s past a comfortable temperature and you want to turn on the air conditioning to cool the place, the A/C is going to have to work harder and for longer hours to bring the temperature back down to what you consider the right temperature. These extended hours of non-stop A/C use can bring your power bill up.
Instead, you can keep your thermostat at a certain temperature that feels comfortable and still keeps the house from overheating. That way when the extreme heat hits, your A/C unit will have to work less to maintain a cooler temperature inside the house.
Clean Your Condenser Unit
Your condenser unit plays an important part in the cooling process. If your condenser is underperforming or not working properly, that means your A/C system as a whole will not be working the way it’s intended.
Keeping the area around the condenser and the condenser itself clean can help your A/C work properly so the unit doesn’t have to work harder to accomplish the same results. Even though doing the exterior cleaning and making sure that the condenser is not being blocked by anything is an easy task that anyone can do, the in-depth and thorough cleaning of the condenser unit should be left to professionals.
Here at Blueox, we offer the services you need to keep your air conditioning running like new. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment!
Take Care of Your Vents
The air from your air conditioning unit comes out of the vents that are placed around your home. You have to make sure that these vents are not covered or obstructed by other objects to allow the natural flow of air to cycle through the rooms and hallways. Something as simple as a small piece of furniture can block the vent, preventing the air to flow to where it needs to go.
Another vent problem that you have to be aware of is the maintenance of your vents. Although vents require no high-end services, they do require the occasional deep cleaning service.
The dust and other particles that accumulate inside the vents will not only diminish your A/C unit’s efficiency, but it can also increase the amount of allergens in the air to the point that it starts affecting the health of those who live in the house. Luckily, Blueox offers yearly plans for HVAC maintenance and repair so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to schedule a visit while enjoying lower prices.
Curtains and Blinds
Having curtains and blinds is a simple way to keep your A/C unit efficient by not forcing it to work as hard. The blinds or curtains will work as an isolation layer that reflects some of the heat coming from outside.
If sunlight is one of your concerns, you can think about mesh materials that can allow the light to come through while still working as protection against the heat. Mesh materials don’t allow as much light in, but they can be a good middle-ground solution.
Listen To Your A/C
Air conditioning units make all sorts of sounds and noises that are common for a machine that’s comprised of moving gears and spinning fans. They are also susceptible to damage because of these same moving parts.
If you start hearing noises that are uncommon for your unit or you notice that the air is not coming out as cool as it used to, then you might need to schedule an A/C unit repair.
It’s important to take action as soon as you notice that your unit might not be performing the right way. A service visit can be the difference between having a fully-functioning unit or having a broken HVAC unit that will cause you thousands of dollars to repair or replace.
It’s important to take care of your investment as a new HVAC unit can cost you a pretty penny if your old one has been receiving a beating without receiving repair or maintenance. Contact the experts at Blueox to help you with your air conditioning system to make sure that your house will stay cool for the rest of the summer!
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