Tips To Eliminate Strain on your HVAC System
When summer heat is at its peak, your air conditioner has to work hard to keep your home cool. If your AC is working harder than it needs to, it could regularly need repairs leading to premature failure. Here’s a few tips to help eliminate your risk of failure in the Charlotte area, we all know it’s just going to get hotter.
Ensure Your Home is Properly Insulated
If your home isn’t properly insulated, cold air will escape, leaving your system working harder to cool down your home. Do all you can to eliminate energy waste! Ensure there is proper insulation throughout your house, and check seals on windows and doors as well. It’s a good idea to also check caulking around the exterior of your home around windows and doors to make sure there are no cracks.
Reduce Use of Appliances That Cause Heat
Reducing heat inside your home is straight forward. Close all blinds and curtains, clean and open air vents, and keep entry doors and windows shut as often as possible. On top of this, using the stove, oven, microwave, dryer or other heat-generating appliances will add heat to your house. Use these appliances once the sun is setting when you can or before sunrise when temperatures are lower.
Increase Exterior Shade
If the sun is constantly shining on your house or even on your outdoor unit, it can take a huge toll on your heating and air system. Protect your investments by adding some level of shade. Plant trees where you can to reduce the amount of sunlight that your home or outdoor system is exposed to. Your home will stay cooler long, and your HVAC won’t have to work as hard.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
If you leave for work during the day, who are you keeping your house cool for? The thing is, most families being away from their homes for 6-9 hours a day, there’s great opportunity to reduce strain on your air conditioner. With a programmable thermostat, you can schedule temperatures to be higher while you’re away from your home. In the summer, increase the temperature while you’re gone. Over time, your air conditioner won’t run as strenuously to keep your home cool while you’re not there.
Purchase a High Efficiency Air Conditioner
Most air conditioners built within the past few years are more energy efficient than ever before. With new variable speed technology and inverter-driven compressors, newer HVAC systems can keep your home cool at an affordable cost even on the hottest summer days.
As always, if you ever need your HVAC serviced in Charlotte NC and surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to give South End Heating & Air a call.