The summer heat has arrived in Oregon and people are relying on their air conditioning to stay cool and comfortable. To keep your machine running efficiently, it’s important to take note of a few things. Here’s what to keep in mind.
#1: Service your air conditioning unit.
The best step to ensuring your system runs at peak efficiency without risk of breakdown is to have it professionally tuned up. Annual maintenance appointments on your unit will also help prolong the life of the system. Our experienced technicians at Climate Control clean the air filters as well as the outside unit, check all internal components, and run an energy efficiency check. If we notice anything amiss, we’ll talk to you about that and get things fixed as soon as possible.
#2: Remove debris around the outside unit.
To function properly, make sure the outdoor unit is free and clear of debris, twigs, grass clippings, dirt, or other material. If the system is blocked in any way, it will have to work harder to run. Not to mention, if something gets stuck inside, this could cause a bigger problem with the electrical or other overall functioning of the system.
#3: Upgrade your insulation.
Do you know if your home is insulated well? Insulation doesn’t just keep you warm in the winter. It also helps secure the cool air in your home during hot summer days. If the insulation in your attic is lacking, the energy you’re using to cool the home will quickly be lost. That means your air conditioning system will work harder to do its job, ultimately increasing your utility bill and putting extra strain on the unit.
#4: Use ceiling fans to your advantage.
Adding ceiling fans to your home is an easy way to circulate air and cool things down. When used in tandem with your air conditioning system, you can keep things comfortable from room to room.
#5: Don’t block vents.
Make sure that the vents in your home are not blocked by large pieces of furniture, rugs, or other items that disrupt airflow in and around your home. When cool air is blowing in, it needs to be unobstructed. If the airflow is cut off, then the system must work harder than necessary.
Is your air conditioning system not working as it should? Perhaps it simply isn’t cooling like it should, or it’s making some unusual sounds or smells. Don’t ignore these things, as these could be signs of a bigger problem. Our team at Climate Control is ready to help repair or tune up your system, so you can enjoy the rest of the summer in a cool, air-conditioned space. Call us today to get your appointment scheduled!