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Beat the Heat: Tips to Avoid AC Repair This Summer

By March 28, 2019 April 1st, 2019 No Comments

Avoid AC Repair This Summer

As the heat rises, so does our air conditioning usage and consequently our energy bills.

The only thing worse than a high energy bill is compounding it with a busted AC unit that will require immediate repair.

Houston summers are notoriously brutal and beyond your home or business’s comfort level, your air conditioner plays an important role in maintaining safe temperatures for its inhabitants.

The time to prepare for H-Town’s humid heat is before the heat truly sets in. Our helpful guide will assist you in hopefully keeping your energy bills lower and avoiding unpleasant air conditioning repair.

Spring Cleaning = Summer Savings

The city is transitioning into spring, and many home and business owners will begin the annual spring cleaning chores to prepare our residences for the rest of the year. The general idea is to blossom with the season and set your home or business up for success the rest of the year, but how many people consider their air conditioner as a part of this process?

By getting an early head start and assessment on your home or business’s HVAC unit, you are setting yourself up for a successful year and most importantly a successful summer.

It is no secret that the energy market is at its peak with the usage and demand that occurs between May-September in the Houston area. Help yourself, your business, and your air conditioning by cleaning, preparing, and assessing your unit’s needs.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these great tips.

Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Summer

The excess clothes have been donated, your lawn could be on the cover of magazines, and the fridges have been rummaged through. Your home or business is ready for the year!

Oh right…that AC unit we mentioned earlier.

Don’t sweat the summer with this guide on preparing your air conditioner and avoiding unwanted AC repair:

  • Change your air filters. Often overlooked, our air filters play a critical role in the health and effectiveness of our overall air conditioners. The Spring isn’t the only time these should be changed, however; it is recommended that air filters are changed monthly to ensure better air quality as well as maintaining our system’s health. If changing your air filters is not something that has been consistently “on your radar”, use this as an opportunity to reset and reevaluate. Set a scheduled reminder on a calendar or smart device or create a chore chart and add it to the list.
  • Make sure the outdoor component of your system is clean and clear. Outside and in the elements, be sure that your AC unit is free and clear of anything that might hinder its performance. Coils can be cleaned with a water hose, but be sure to avoid wetting anything electrical. Clearing debris such as leaves, dirt/dust, mud, branches, etc. will help avoid your air conditioner overworking itself and additionally will help protect it from breaking. Remember to consider its physical location outside. If your air conditioner is more susceptible to these sorts of debris which may hinder it, consider monitoring and scheduling additional cleaning throughout the year. If gutters or trees pose a threat, you may want to consider cleaning and trimming these areas on a more regular basis. An additional consideration is to use a lawnmower or ensure that your lawn grooming service uses a lawnmower in which the grass clippings are effectively collected. The clutter and gathering of grass shavings onto/near an air conditioning unit are harmful to the long term health of your unit.
  • Double down on eliminating dust. During this time, things are already in motion for your home or business to be set up to maximizing your cleaning. Use this momentum and take extra steps instead of cutting corners on a tedious chore. Dust and pollen lead to a strain on your HVAC’s usage and by combining the soon-to-follow heat increase, this is simply an easy DIY fix to help avoid AC repair.
  • Checking for pipe damage that may have occurred. Any main connecting pipes that connect from your ac unit to your home or business may have sustained damage and/or may simply have flaws due to normal wear and tear. A professional may be required if the damage is spotted as this will harm the integrity of your air conditioner.

By following these tips, both home and business owners can help protect their residences against ineffective use and ultimately costly air conditioning repair.

A Professional Perspective

Changing an air filter or dusting your home are great DIY methods to help your AC unit, but what if you find pipe damage?

Are you capable of inspecting and cleaning air ducts?

HVAC units as a whole are recommended to be reviewed on a bi-annual schedule (twice per year). The ultimate protection is to have a trained professional spot and eliminate problems before they begin. If you are in need of air conditioning services, contact the trusted professionals at Green Homes HVAC. A leader in servicing air conditioners in Houston homes and businesses for years, see what we can do to help you save money and avoid headaches this Summer.

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