These Summer HVAC Tips Can Make Your Home More Comfortable

It’s the season for hotter temperatures and summer HVAC tips to help you keep your cool. Average daily summer temperatures here in Terre Haute top out near 90 degrees and, as we all know, a heat wave can send the mercury even higher. Fortunately, you have an effective ally in the quest to maintain indoor comfort: the air-conditioning components in your HVAC system.

Ensuring maximum performance from your air conditioner doesn’t happen by itself, however. Homeowners can take active steps to ensure that their HVAC system is operating up to specs to achieve optimum cooling. Here are some summer HVAC tips that support AC effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Get annual preventive maintenance. This is the most important of the summer HVAC tips. The seasonal checkup/tuneup by your HVAC contractor ensures that all AC components are fully functional and ready to handle the summer cooling load.
  • Change the air filter. A typical central AC runs more hours per day during the summer than a furnace runs in winter. As the system air filter accumulates dust and dirt, cool airflow inside the house is compromised. In turn, operating costs also increase. To ensure maximum comfort and lower costs this summer, change the system air filter every month.
  • Keep the outside unit clean and clear. The outdoor half of the central air conditioner needs attention in summer too. Fast-growing plants can interfere with proper air circulation into the unit, so trim vegetation to maintain at least 2 feet of open space on all sides. Cut back overhanging limbs that may deposit leaves into the top fan grille. Keep objects such as lawn implements, garden hoses, toys, etc., off the unit.
  • Check the room vents. Conduct a walk-through to inspect all AC supply and return vents. Make sure all vents are open in every room and not obstructed by furniture, drapes, or other objects. Feel the AC airflow entering every room. If airflow in one or more rooms feels noticeably deficient, have your HVAC contractor check for ductwork leaks or other issues.

Get ready for hotter weather with summer HVAC tips from the pros at Paitson Bros. We’ve been keeping Wabash Valley homes cool every summer since 1922.

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