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Protect your home with these summer tips

Danielle Onat | 06/22/2017 | Posted in Cooling, Air conditioning

Summer has officially arrived. We are once again flirting with 90-degree temperatures this coming weekend and we might see heavy service demand in the areas we serve. To keep your home cool and cozy (without resorting to calling a professional) we have created this blog post with a few things you should do to keep your home's systems working.

Keep your thermostat above 69 degrees

During a heat wave, your air conditioner is working very hard. Extended run times that come with a very low setting on your thermostat can cause the evaporating coil (the part of the system that creates your cold air) to ice over and prevent the system from running. If it does, it will have to defrost before it can be used again. Prevent this issue by keeping your thermostat above 69 degrees.

Check your system’s air filter

Your system will be working hard over the next few days. Restricted airflow from dirty filters is a common failure in all types of weather. If your furnace filter is dirty, change the filter immediately. Bad airflow contributes to a frozen coil and it makes your system work harder to push air through. Our automatic filter program makes it easy to change filters on time.

Balance comfort, equipment strain, and energy savings

Nobody wants to come home to a hot house only to have to wait for it to cool down. If you prefer, we suggest keeping your AC on but at a higher temperature on your thermostat so that it takes less time to cool down. You could also look into a wifi-capable thermostats such as the Honeywell Prestige.

An additional way to keep your home cool throughout the day (and to reduce strain on your system and your utility bills) is to ensure that your windows and doors are closed so the AC does not lose conditioned air. Also make sure you pull the drapes and close the blinds to keep that hot summer sun from making your home’s interior hot.

Don’t forget about your annual tune-ups

Manufacturers recommend an annual tune-up to make sure your system is running at it’s best and will function as you expect it to when you need it the most. Book a tune-up for your air conditioner or your split system.

Rest assured

During heat waves, our service team works around the clock to keep our homeowners comfortable. This high demand can lead to delays in service and long hours for our service team. These simple tips will help you keep your home systems running and prevent a call to the professionals.

As your home partner, we hate having to charge a service call for a very preventable issue—so don’t let it happen to you!

2 Responses to “Protect your home with these summer tips”

  • Ralph Gilcreest

    Your service representative is supposed to come change the air filter on our new heat pump in July. I would like to schedule a duct cleaning to coincide with the filter change.

    Reply
    • Jonathan Rundle

      Hi Ralph! We’ll give you a call. For immediate service, you’re always welcome to call us at 800-398-4663. Thanks!

      Reply

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