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How Homeowners Can Beat the Summer Heat

3 Tips To Help Homeowners Stay Cool This Summer!

The start of summer is a magical time full of backyard barbecues, warm nights, and sunny days spent lounging by the pool (or on the beach). But it’s also the time when many homeowners experience air conditioner troubles as their units work harder to fight off the rising temperatures. Whether it’s an AC that runs all day but barely cools the place down, a unit that quits in the middle of a hot day, or a monstrously inflated utility bill, AC woes can put a real damper on the summer fun.

This article will discuss three simple ways homeowners can prevent common AC problems, improve efficiency, and enjoy a nice, cool home this summer - and for many summers to come!

Maintain the AC Unitac

Perhaps the most effective way to ensure that the AC keeps pumping out cold air all summer is to stick to a regular maintenance schedule. A lack of proper maintenance is behind most air conditioner problems, so staying on top of it is arguably the best thing homeowners can do for their air conditioners.

This means scheduling professional AC maintenance once per year (as a minimum). Ideally, this should be done in the spring, but doing it in the summer is better than putting it off until next year! But there’s one aspect of air conditioner maintenance homeowners can handle on their own, changing the air filter. A dirty air filter can hinder airflow, putting undue strain on the unit and drastically reducing efficiency, so it’s crucial to change it before it gets too dirty (every 2 or 3 months is the ideal schedule for a typical household).

Invest In a High-Quality AC System

If the current air conditioner doesn’t seem to be cutting it even with regular maintenance, it may be time to consider AC replacement. If the unit turns on and off frequently (an issue known as short-cycling), runs incessantly, produces unpleasant odors or unusual sounds, or barely any air (or warm air) coming from the vents, the unit may be approaching its last days.

Of course, these issues may only require repairs, but if the unit is more than 10-12 years old, it may be time to consider whether it’s worth it to keep shelling out for repairs or simply invest in a new unit. When the time comes, it’s a good idea for homeowners to consult with a reputable AC company to help determine whether air conditioner replacement is the best, most economical option for their specific situation.


Don’t Be Afraid To Use Fans

Air conditioning has been the preferred way to stay cool for decades, but sometimes it pays to do things the old-fashioned way, fans. Whether it’s a ceiling fan, a big pedestal stand fan, or a little desktop fan (or a combination of all of them), a fan can help keep the indoor air from feeling hot and stuffy by circulating cool air and kicking up a pleasant breeze. The breeze will help the home’s occupants stay cool by assisting with the body’s natural heat ventilation process, capturing heat energy from the skin and carrying it off.

The cooling effect can be enough for homeowners to raise the temperature on their thermostat to keep it from getting too cold. And since it’s estimated that homeowners can save 1-3% on their cooling costs for every degree they dial back their thermostats, the savings can add up.

However, it’s important to use the correct ceiling fan direction for the season. Toggling the blades to spin counterclockwise (when viewed below) will create a cooling downdraft. On the other hand, a clockwise spin will circulate air gently down the walls, which comes in handy in the colder months for recirculating warm air that’s become trapped near the ceiling.

About Elite Comfort Systems

Elite Comfort Systems is a family-owned and operated local business with a passion for superior service since 2008. They have been voted “Best of Brentwood” consecutively for years and provide 24/7 emergency service, transparent pricing, and easy scheduling.  Call them today for air conditioning services in Brentwood, CA.