When temperatures reach over 100 degrees we consistently get complaints from customers that their AC is not cooling like it should. Most people don’t realize that most AC units can only keep up with a 20 – 30 degree max difference from outside to inside. However, if you feel your AC is still not reaching its full capacity, it still may not be your AC. Read on to find out what you should be doing to keep your existing AC running its best and to avoid an unnecessary air conditioning repair call.
1. Always make sure your filter is clean. A dirty filter will keep air from moving freely and cause the AC unit to work harder than it needs to. Not only is this costing you extra money, but it will not keep your house as cool as it could.
2. It may not be your equipment. There are many other factors that can cause your house not to keep cool that have nothing to do with the AC unit itself. These factors include: poor attic insulation and ventilation, leaky ducts, and improper duct sizing. If you think this may be the problem, we can help by coming out and evaluating your home. Fixes like these typically are a lot cheaper than a whole new system and help you save more money on your electric bill as well.
3. Do not lower the temperature on the thermostat. Lowering your normal temperature from 75 degrees to 70 will not help, it just makes the unit run longer to reach the desired temperature. If your unit is already running full time without breaks to keep the house at 75°, moving turning it down will not make the house cooler. Also, do not change your programmable thermostat more than a 4-5 degree temperature difference in one day. AC units are not meant to adjust a whole house more than that in one day.
4. Keep your outdoor unit clean and free of debri. Be sure your unit is not surrounded by trees, grass, leaves, excess dirt, pet hair and all kinds of other outdoor debri. It is a good idea to hose or brush off your unit from time to time to help the air to flow through easier.
5. Close your curtains, shades, or blinds. We all love natural light, but in the high heat of Summer this really affects the temperature in your home.
6.Do not block vents. The better the air flow in your home, the cooler and more efficient your air conditioning unit will be. Make sure all vent are not blocked by furniture or any other objects within the home.
7. Use fans. Fans are just another way to keep cool air moving throughout the home and the temperature at bay.
If you have done all these things and you still feel your air conditioner is not running at max capacity, give us a call and we will give you an honest evaluation of what your home may need to keep you as comfortable in the Summer as possible.