When the temperatures soar, your air conditioner starts to work extra hard to keep your home cool. However, it is very possible that you are overworking it. An AC that is working too hard will wear out faster. It may need to be repaired more often or the overall lifespan may be reduced. You could end up with it breaking down just when you need it the most, so it is important to take steps to avoid overworking your AC unit.
Use Natural Cooling Tricks
There are many things that you can do to help to cool down the interior of your home and take some of the workload off your air conditioning unit. Keeping curtains closed to prevent the sunlight from heating up the room is a great trick that is easy to do. You can use sun blocking curtains, but you don’t have to keep your home completely dark. Any curtain, blind or other window treatment that keeps the sun’s rays blocked will help reduce the overall temperature in your home.
In addition, you can make your room lighter in color, so any sunlight that does get in is reflected instead of absorbed, which heats things up. For example, light colors of paint and light furniture can really help reflect rays.
Create a Breeze
While you certainly do not want to open up doors or windows, which will just let more heat in, you can create an artificial breeze that can help lower the temps in your home. Do this by using fans strategically placed throughout your home. Encourage the cold air from the AC to flow better by placing fans in the most used areas of your home.
You can also use ceiling fans, which are fairly easy and cheap to install. Most have a setting specifically for summer that helps to circulate the cool air and move hot air out of the room.
Be Smart About Creating Extra Heat
Since it is already hot, you don’t want to add to it. This means reducing your use of things that will just make your home hotter. Turn off lights when they are not needed. Avoid using your oven if possible. Instead grill outdoors or try a slow cooker. You should also try to dry clothes outside or wait until it cools off later in the day to run the dryer.
Keep Up on Maintenance
It is important that you be prepared this summer by calling in a professional to maintenance your AC unit. You want to keep your air conditioner as clean as possible because dust and other debris can affect its efficient and ability to work properly. While you can do some tasks, like cleaning the filter, it requires a professional to make sure that the interior areas are cleaned without any damage being done in the process.
When it comes to your air conditioner, you want to keep it working as long as possible with minimal downtime. The best way to make this happen is to ensure you aren’t overworking it. Taking some steps to make sure that your AC is not being worked too hard are actually quite simple and can add years its life.