Do You Know How to Reduce AC Strain During the Summer?

It’s a natural fact: AC strain increases as the temperature rises. An air conditioner is a heat mover. The more heat energy that’s present in the house, the harder the system must work to maintain those cool, comfortable summer thermostat settings.

Anything that inhibits the cooling process increases AC strain. Wear and tear on critical system components and monthly operating costs rise. Breakdowns and emergency repairs may become necessary at the least comfortable time of year. Excessive strain on your air conditioner is not inevitable, however, even during heat waves. Here are four ways to reduce AC strain and ensure cool comfort all summer long.

  • Change the air filter monthly. A clogged, dirty air filter makes the air conditioner run increasingly longer cycles to maintain thermostat settings. This escalates wear on vital parts, including the compressor, which is the most expensive system component. This summer, replace the air filter monthly with a quality pleated or cotton filter with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating around 8.
  • Prevent air loss. Residential HVAC ducts are notoriously leaky. Conditioned air escapes at loose joints and where duct materials have deteriorated. Coolness lost into areas like the attic or inside wall cavities does not support thermostat settings in living spaces, so the system must run longer to compensate. Excessive wear and poor cooling performance result. A qualified HVAC contractor can inspect and pressure-test ductwork to determine the rate of leakage and, if necessary, make effective repairs.
  • Reduce heat gain. Close drapes and shades in the hottest hours of the day to prevent solar heat gain due to sunlight entering through windows. Delay use of washers, dryers, and dishwashers until the cooler night hours.
  • Get annual service. Air conditioners are complex, and many components are interactive. Excess strain on one part can impair the whole system. Annual professional preventive maintenance helps keep all components working in harmony by reducing wear and tear, preventing malfunctions before they happen, and enhancing cooling efficiency.

Keep AC strain to a minimum all summer with professional service from Paitson Bros., now in our 99th summer of service to the Wabash Valley.

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