It seems like we haven’t gone a day without an excessive heat warning being issued lately and while it’s dangerous for people and pets, the intense heat also takes a toll on HVAC systems. In order to minimize the strain on your HVAC system this summer, we’ve put together a few tips to improve efficiency and prevent breakdowns. Read on to find out how you can help your system during the dog days of August.
Set the thermostat smartly
Set your thermostat to the highest comfortable temperature. Each degree you raise the thermostat can save energy and reduce strain on the system. You might also consider using a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust temperatures based on your schedule.
Use ceiling fans effectively
Use your ceiling fans to enhance air circulation. They help distribute cool air more evenly and allow you to set the thermostat a bit higher without sacrificing comfort.
Seal your home properly to prevent cool air from escaping and hot air from entering. This will help your HVAC system work less to maintain the desired temp.
Close curtains and blinds
Keep curtains and blinds closed during the hottest parts of the day to block out direct sunlight and reduce heat gain.
Regularly clean and replace filters
Dirty filters restrict airflow, making your HVAC system work harder. Clean or replace filters according to manufacturer guidelines, typically every 1 to 3 months.
Ensure proper airflow
Keep vents and registers unobstructed by furniture or other items. This helps maintain good airflow throughout your home.
Maintain your outdoor unit
With all the storms we’ve been getting lately, it’s even more important to make sure that your outdoor unit is clean and free of debris. You should also clear any vegetation around it to allow for proper airflow.
Schedule professional maintenance
Regular HVAC maintenance performed by professionals can catch potential issues early, ensuring it operates efficiently during the hottest months.
Contact Polar Bear Services for HVAC repairs & maintenance
If you’re not happy with the way your HVAC system is handling the heat this summer, call the Bear for help! We’d be happy to come out to diagnose the problem and/or service your HVAC system. Providing the best HVAC services in Mountain Brook and Anniston as well as communities throughout the Greater Birmingham metro and Central Alabama, our locally owned and family-operated HVAC company is the smart choice for property owners!