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6 Tips to Prevent Strain on Your HVAC System This Summer

April 5, 2022 | Blog

Summer is rapidly approaching, meaning it’s time to break out your swimsuits and sunglasses. However, the toasty Texas temperature also means your HVAC system will be working harder than ever. In fact, during the hottest months of the year, your unit is most vulnerable to damage.

Luckily, practicing proper air conditioning care can minimize the risk of a system breakdown. Additionally, the team at Air Tech of Katy is eager to offer AC maintenance advice and, when needed, speedy emergency repairs.

Your summertime fun shouldn’t be cut short by an overburdened cooling system. Follow these HVAC strain prevention tips to keep the good times rolling:

Schedule an AC Tune-Up

Yearly maintenance appointments are your best defense against a unit breakdown. Although many homeowners hesitate to spend on a tune-up, these check-ins can ultimately save you thousands of dollars in repairs. This is because annual visits allow technicians to spot hiccups in the cooling process before they devolve into serious, expensive damage.

You don’t want to suffer because of an easily preventable issue. To ensure your system is prepped for intense heat, schedule an air conditioning tune-up before summer strikes.

Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clean

Clearing away outdoor debris is another way to protect your air conditioning. Rain or wind often knocks branches and leaves into units, preventing adequate airflow and leading to strain. Therefore, sweep away any dirt and trim tall grass around your system for optimal performance.

Check Vents and Swap Out Filters

Replacing filters is a core element of air conditioning care. Between AC maintenance appointments, you should be switching out filters every 90 days (or even every 60 days if you have a pet that sheds). Otherwise, dirt may inhibit the flow of chilled air, forcing your system to expend unnecessary energy in the cooling process.

Additionally, visually examine vents for dust. Simply wiping away accumulated debris can keep your air conditioner running smoothly.

Seal Windows and Doors

If you open your windows and doors with your AC running, you’re essentially wasting cold air. If you plan on enjoying the summer breeze, it’s best to keep your thermostat off.

Meanwhile, improperly sealed windows and doors can inadvertently allow warm, humid air to seep indoors. This likewise counteracts the impact of your cooling system. If you notice a draft anywhere in your home, close gaps to the outdoors with weatherstripping or caulk.

Deactivate the Air Conditioner When Possible

If you aren’t home to enjoy the benefits of your cooling system, it makes sense to turn it off. Deactivating your thermostat when you’re out (or at least setting it to a higher temperature than usual) is an easy way to save energy. Additionally, these breaks allow your unit to rest, meaning old or sensitive parts won’t get overworked.

Embrace the Summer Lifestyle

Finally, you can easily avoid HVAC system strain by enjoying classic summertime treats! For example, try staying cool with chilled water, fruit or frozen desserts. While you indulge, turn on a few extra fans or block the sun with indoor blinds. By utilizing these alternative cooling methods, you won’t overburden your unit.

Connect with AC Maintenance Professionals

By adhering to these HVAC strain prevention tips, your unit should stay in good shape through the warmer months.

However, air conditioning malfunctions still occasionally happen, and Air Tech of Katy is here to help. Whether you need a simple AC tune-up or are facing a complete system breakdown, our team has the experience and tools to restore your unit to full health.

Request a service appointment for personalized HVAC care with Air Tech of Katy!

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