Don’t let a summer heat wave affect your home – maintain cool air inside!
The hottest days of summer have arrived, and your heating and air conditioning system is working as hard as it can to keep your home's interior comfortable. When it's unbearably hot outside, an inefficient HVAC system can lead to significant energy bills and a whole host of other problems. These simple steps will prevent overheating while making heat waves far less miserable:
- Stick to gradual reductions in unit temperature.
- Clean filters are key.
- Rattling noises are not normal and should be addressed immediately.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to damage your HVAC system is to set it twenty degrees colder than its current temperature suddenly. Instead of making sudden shifts in interior temperature, stick with gradual changes. During the day, leave the temperature slightly higher -- especially if you're out of the house, and then slowly reduce the temperature a few degrees at a time as evening falls.
If your air filters are dirty, your HVAC system will work extra hard to produce sub-par results. Already problematic when the weather is nice, dirty air filters can quickly overwork your system when heat waves arrive.
If your air conditioning system makes rattling noises or sounds like it is screeching, you will need to use every bit of willpower you have to turn it off. By letting your HVAC system continue to operate under these conditions, you could cause significant damage and even endanger your loved ones. Call your technician as soon as you notice unusual noises and turn the entire system off immediately. If need be, find a community center, library, or some other location with air conditioning, and hang out there until your technician arrives. If you have a maintenance agreement, you should not have to wait long.
Heat waves are miserable, but regular heating and air conditioning maintenance will keep your HVAC system in working order, thereby ensuring you are cool and comfortable when the weather is unbearably hot. To learn more about our HVAC services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!