Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

Does this sound familiar?. A heat wave is covering the Cleveland area and the air conditioner in your home is blowing out warm air or stops running entirely. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you pick up the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and suffer with the heat until they arrive. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to lower the likeliness 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 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 guarantee great air flow, make sure to keep space around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes scaling back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is an easy addition to help lower your energy expenses and control the temperature of your Cleveland area home. Program your air conditioner for warmer temperatures when the home is empty or at night when it cools down outside.

Also, program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Cleveland area home. This can give you a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from growing in your home.

Watch Out for Those Pests

Some bugs and pests are attracted to central air units, which can be damaging if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the base of the unit with a reasonably wide perimeter of 24 – 36 inches.

Stay Level

Most outdoor A/C units rest on a concrete slab or other platform, allowing them a level base of operation. However, just like a home’s foundation, your A/C’s platform can also sink or settle into the ground, limiting the performance of the air conditioner. Keep an eye on your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Try to schedule system maintenance review before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Following these suggestions, you may be able to minimize A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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