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How to Minimize Strain On Your Air Conditioner

Minimize Strain On Your Air Conditioner

Does it always feel like your air conditioner breaks on the hottest days of the year? Trust us, we understand, because oftentimes, that IS when your system breaks down. The hottest day of the year is ultimately when your air conditioner is working at maximum capacity. While it may seem impossible to keep it from malfunctioning, there are many things you can do to minimize the strain on your system and lessen your risk of needing costly emergency repairs. Try these tips and tricks to minimize strain on your air conditioner during the summer. 

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system may seem like a minor component, but they play a major role in the efficiency of your system. These small but mighty contraptions are constantly filtering dust, dirt, dander, and more from the air entering your system. Over time, they become blocked or clogged with tons of allergens and other particulates. When these filters aren’t cleaned or replaced, they put unnecessary strain on your system. Your HVAC system now has to work overtime to push air through these clogged filters. To prevent this from happening, make it a routine to replace your filters regularly. It is recommended to replace your filters every 1-3 months depending on your home and family situation. If you live in a humid climate, have family members who suffer from allergies, or if you have pets, it’s best to replace your filters monthly. 

Reduce Heat Gain

This is one tip which most don’t think of! While it’s inevitably hot outside, it doesn’t have to be hot inside! Keep as much heat out of your home as possible with these tips. Close blinds and curtains and keep your exterior doors and windows shut. Remind your family members to be quick when leaving or entering the home, and to not hang out with the door open. 

Additionally, you can try to only use heat-generating appliances when the sun, and subsequently the heat, has gone down. Such appliances include your stove, oven, dishwasher, dryer, hair tools, and more. It also helps to shower at night or in the morning with the fan running in the bathroom to suck up any extra heat and expel it from your home.  By following these tips, your HVAC system will have a much easier time cooling down your home.

Use A Programmable Thermostat

There is no reason to keep an empty house cooled at 70 degrees or less. Your system will run all day while there’s nobody inside to benefit from the cool air. For this reason, a programmable thermostat is a great solution. While you are away for the day you can program the temperature to be a little higher (around 74 degrees can make a noticeable difference). You can even schedule your system to begin cooling the house back down before you expect to arrive back home. If your schedule changes, you can also change the thermostat settings right from your smart device with a wifi-enabled thermostat.

Invest In High-Efficiency Air Conditioning

Having an efficient air conditioner is the best way to ensure your system can keep your home comfortable without operating under unnecessary strain. Modern systems are equipped with inverter-driven compressors and variable speed technology, which ensures your home can be kept cool even on the hottest days. Even better, these systems save you money while doing it! 

Contact Us

To learn more HVAC tips or inquire about having a high-efficiency HVAC system installed in your home, give Spencer Heating & Air a call at (334) 887-9020. Our technicians have years of experience and are here to keep your air conditioning system running smoothly all summer long. 

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