Across Florida, summer temperatures often get to highs of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Even worse, there are often high levels of humidity, making the weather unbearable. At such times, you need your air conditioner to be at its optimum condition. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to save energy and enhance your comfort. Here are some of the top tips for prepping your AC for the summer heat in Jacksonville.
Examine and Clean or Replace the Filters
Before the warm season begins, one of the most critical preparation steps is cleaning or replacing your filters. Since all the air goes through the filter, it can accumulate debris and dust that could eventually restrict airflow. As a result, it will compromise your home comfort and the efficiency of your equipment.
At McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend changing or replacing your filters on a regular schedule. It is a simple process that will take you a few minutes but will keep your equipment running efficiently.
There are different types of filters, from pleated fabrics to washable ones that do not need replacing. Some washable models are also electrostatic to capture dust from the air before it gets into the house.
However, if there is indoor pollution, you may want to consider getting a UV filter. A filtration system that employs UV light is effective at killing biological contaminants circulating in the building. The technology prevents complications for people vulnerable to allergic reactions.
Ensure the Vents Are Open and Clean
Assessing the vents is another practical step you can take to prepare your air conditioner for summer. First, make sure they are not partially or fully shut. Even though it may seem obvious, the vents throughout your home can constrict airflow if not open.
Additionally, pet hair, dust, and dirt may be blocking airflow. You can perform a quick examination of the vents throughout your home as a preventive measure during spring.
If you are using a forced-air system, it is always advisable to check the ductwork and organize it for cleaning and sealing. If your furnace was working fine during the cold season, there is probably no cause for worry.
However, if there are signs that your ductwork is faulty, you should consult a professional promptly. Some of the reasons you will need cleaning may include:
- Unusual odors from the ductwork
- Signs of mold and mildew growth
- Dust and debris coming from the ducts
- Dead animals are stuck in the ducts
It is also advisable to examine the outdoor unit and remove any potential obstructions to airflow.
Some of the common obstructions may include twigs, leaves, and even dead animals. Those objects can restrict the airflow when you need your AC to be efficient for your comfort during the summer.
If you have a fireplace, make a point of closing the damper to prevent conditioned air from escaping out of the house. When the damper allows air to seep outside, your air conditioner will have to run longer to keep the house cool. Make sure there are no cracks around your door or windows.
Choose Optimum Settings for the Thermostat
Test the thermostat to ensure it is working efficiently. If there is any indication of the device malfunction, organize for repairs as soon as possible. Your thermostat is essential for accurate temperature regulation in your home. So calibrating the device may have considerable energy-saving benefits.
It is worth noting that the placement of your thermostat will impact the accuracy of its readings. There may be nothing wrong with the device except that it is exposed to ambient heat due to its location. If the thermostat is placed in direct sunlight or near heat sources, such as stoves and appliances, the warm air will affect temperature readings. Ensure it is not near an external wall or the kitchen.
When you are not home, you can set your thermostat higher by a few degrees. Some studies suggest you can save up to 15% of energy by raising the temperature by three degrees. An adjustment that still gives you comfort is ideal for cutting down your bills.
If adjusting the settings on your thermostat seems like a hassle to you, consider getting a programmable device. Smart devices can make changes automatically depending on your day-to-day pattern. They can signal your air conditioner to start regulating temperatures moments before you arrive home.
Most homeowners opt for a smart thermostat for the additional convenience they can get. Modern devices can connect to your smartphone via Wi-Fi, enabling you to change settings while on the go. A smart device is often worth it if you are looking for convenience and energy savings.
Organize for Air Quality Testing Before Summer
Spring in Florida is a busy time, with plenty of gift-giving and merry-making. The activities precede the summer heat, where humidity is high and the interior stuffy. Those conditions create a perfect environment for pollutants to accumulate. Microbial contaminants are also likely to spread at an alarming rate during the hot season.
For those reasons, an air quality test is essential to keep your home safe and boost your air conditioner’s efficiency. Pollutants in your home can compromise the function of your air conditioner and will impact your comfort. Moisture can increase contaminants, which can cause obstructions and reduce the AC’s efficiency.
When the weather is muggy, the interior can feel hotter than it is. You may turn up the AC as you attempt to reduce temperatures in the room. But that is usually futile and will only raise energy consumption.
Testing will establish the exact source of the problem with your indoor air. You may require a purifier or a dehumidifier, depending on the interior conditions. McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning ‘s team has the experience to assist you in addressing indoor pollution in your home. Talk to our friendly technicians for indoor air quality testing and solutions.
Schedule a Tune-Up to Enhance Your Equipment’s Performance
For the best performance of your equipment, the most effective step is to schedule a professional tune-up service at least once a year. Spring is the best time to organize maintenance work for your cooling system. A tune-up prevents malfunctions in summer when you need the equipment to be at optimum efficiency.
During the tune-up, a certified technician will clean components and check for faults that could cause problems in the future. Cleaning the evaporator coil should be left to professionals. An inexperienced technician may damage the sensitive copper tubes and other components in your air conditioner.
Also, a certified technician has the skill to evaluate performance factors that an untrained person will often overlook. For example, a professional can test the electric controls to ensure the AC cycles properly. During the tune-up, they will tighten loose components, lubricate motors, and check for air leaks. Your AC will be running quietly and efficiently once the maintenance work is complete.
McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning provides dependable AC maintenance services in Jacksonville. For 40 years, our team has been working to maintain high standards of service. Our NATE-certified technicians have a reputation for delivering exceptional services. Whether you need indoor air quality services or working on new construction, our team can offer quality solutions. Contact our team and take advantage of our customer satisfaction guarantee today.