Tips for Reducing Strain on Your AC This Summer

HVAC technician running maintenance on air conditioner

While it may be tempting to crank the AC when the heat starts to rise, there are a few things you can do to reduce strain on your system and keep it running smoothly all summer long. By following these tips, you can help improve the efficiency of your AC unit and prolong its lifespan.

So, don't wait until your air conditioner breaks down to take action. Be proactive and take care of your AC now so you can enjoy a cool, comfortable home all summer long.

Replace Your Air Filter

One of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce strain on your air conditioner is to change the air filter regularly. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow, causing your AC to work harder to circulate cooled air throughout your home. Replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can help improve airflow and reduce stress on your AC unit. Depending on the type of air filter you have, it should be replaced every one to three months.

If you have pets or live in a dusty area, you may need to replace your air filter more often. Replacing your air filter regularly is a simple and effective way to keep your air conditioner running smoothly and efficiently. Plus, it can help prolong the life of your system. So, if you haven't changed your air filter in a while, now is a good time to do it. And, if you're not sure how often to replace your air filter, consult your AC owner's manual or ask a professional for guidance.

Close Your Curtains/Drapes

Another simple way to reduce strain on your air conditioner is to utilize your curtains. Closing your curtains during peak hours will block out the sun’s rays and help keep your home cooler.

How effective your drapes and curtains are at blocking out heat depends on their color and the type of fabric they use. According to the United States Department of Energy, to relieve the most stress on your air conditioner it's best to use medium-colored draperies with white plastic backings. This should reduce the amount of heat gain in your home by 33 percent and make your system's job much easier.

Use a Dehumidifier

You can also use a dehumidifier to help reduce your air conditioner's workload. While your AC can remove some moisture from the air, in very humid climates it won't be able to get your home to a comfortable level.

High humidity can make the temperature feel as much as 10 degrees higher than it is. Moisture can build up inside an air conditioner and interfere with its inner workings, forcing the system to work harder in order to maintain constant temperatures throughout the home.

Dehumidifiers are much more capable of lowering the humidity in your home than an AC. By using one in conjunction with the air conditioner you will decrease strain and your system will be able to run much smoother and will experience less wear and tear.

Get Regular Maintenance

One of the best ways to reduce strain on your air conditioner is to get regular maintenance. Just like any other type of mechanical system, AC units need to be properly maintained in order to function properly and efficiently.

During a maintenance visit, a technician will clean the unit, check for any potential problems, and make any necessary repairs or adjustments. Getting regular maintenance can help improve the efficiency of your AC unit and help prolong its lifespan. So, if you haven't had your AC unit serviced in a while, now is a good time to do it.

Whether your system is in need of a major repair or just some simple maintenance, our team of certified technicians at Comfort Experts Heating & Cooling is standing by, ready to help you. Call (803) 525-0074 or contact us online to get your AC serviced.
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