The average summer temperature in the US is around 72 °F.
In warmer states like Texas, the average sits at 79 – 81 °F. For most people, their AC unit is their lifeline during this heat. But if you’re no AC technician, you might not know how to keep it running at its best to get the most out of it.
That’s where we can help! Keep reading for these AC tips to help keep you cool during those hot summers.
Keep It Clean
It’s one thing buying air conditioning and another keeping it well-maintained. If you want it to perform at its best in all types of weather you need to clean it.
Look for any build-ups around the outside ducts and change the filters as instructed. This helps airflow and air quality remain high. It’ll also protect parts from wear and tear and breakdowns.
It’s also a good idea to book annual or bi-annual tune-ups with an HVAC professional. This can save you money and time spent fighting the heat. They’ll be able to spot small issues before they become large ones which could see your ducted air conditioning shut off for good.
Start It Early
If you want your air conditioning to work at its best, start it before you hit the big numbers. Turn your AC unit on in the morning rather than in the afternoon when you start to overheat. This gives you the best chance of staying cool.
This helps your AC reach the optimal temperature for your home easier. From there it’s more efficient to maintain as the temperatures climb through the day. And it’s kinder on the parts.
Supplement With Fans
Fans won’t create cool air but they can help circulate it. This is why they’re a great supplement to your AC unit. They keep the cool air flowing through the whole house, making it feel even cooler as there are no warm spots.
Here are a few types of fans you can grab that won’t break the bank:
- Floor fans
- Mister fans
- Tower fans
- Desk & table fans
Using fans helps to reduce the cost of cooling too as they add more efficiency to your unit. This means you can have more freedom with the thermostat to go even cooler. Only use them in rooms you’re in though, otherwise, it’ll mitigate the cost and energy savings.
Keep Out the Heat
With young kids or pets, it’s easy to find your doors open all summer. This is one of the fastest ways you’ll heat up your house though. Keep an eye on the doors and windows and close them as much as you can to keep your cool air inside.
Otherwise, all that cool air you’re generating will slip outside and the warm will get in. If you have a lot of direct sunlight it’s worth creating shade where you can. You could add awnings or plant trees to help take some of the edge off.
Keeping Those Hot Summers At Bay
Your AC will be your best friend in the heat so look after it. To work at its best it must be well-maintained. You can also help its circulation with fans and start it earlier in the day. Taking these steps will go a long way towards keeping the hot summers at bay.
If you found this article helpful, check out our blog post for more home maintenance tips and tricks.