The only thing that can make a Floridian summer hotter is a broken air conditioner. Floridians seem to fear the breaking of this major appliance more than anything else, even roaches, mosquitoes, and hurricanes. But just a little bit of maintenance on your part goes a long way to keep you cool even on those blisteringly hot days where you avoid going outdoors.
Here are 5 easy tips for keeping your air conditioning the coolest!
- Bigger isn’t better
For anyone considering installing a new unit, a bigger air conditioner does not mean a cooler home. Oversized models aren’t as efficient as smaller ones, and it even costs less to run a smaller unit more frequently. You’ll save more in the long run and have a cooler home that is less prone to outstanding electric bills. Plus, smaller models fail less often.
- Two degrees of separation
With Kevin Bacon, there are six degrees, but when it comes to your air conditioning, you’ll want to avoid changing the thermostat up and down more than 2 degrees when you’re leaving your home. When you do this, you waste your energy cooling your home during the hottest parts of the day. If you raise the temperature too high, you risk short-cycling the unit which translates to a bigger electric bill.
- Clean your coils
Cleaning your air conditioner’s coils is no easy task. It’s actually NOT an easy thing to do. If you don’t understand what you’re doing you can damage the coils and actually decrease the efficiency of your unit. To get the coils out from underneath the unit is an undertaking of itself and requires heavy lifting. We highly suggest hiring a professional to do this. When things are clean and clear, you get better energy and efficiency out of your air conditioning unit and that monthly power bill will drop drastically.
- Be mindful of your home habits
Shutting doors to your rooms only causes your unit to work harder to push airflow around your house. Keep them open whenever possible to rebalance pressure. You should also have your home’s insulation inspected. A properly insulated home means the air stays cooler longer and keeps the electric bill from becoming out of control.
- Let the professionals in for a look
This is especially important if you’re not cleaning your coils yourself. You must call in air conditioning experts to help you maintain your air conditioning unit. By doing so, you prolong the life of your air conditioner and keep your cooling costs down. At Air Care Service, we know how to spot a problem before it starts and we can keep your air conditioner running without a hitch, especially in the hottest months of the year.
Maintenance costs are much cheaper than having to make emergency repairs. Don’t let your air conditioner go kaput on you this summer. Call us today at (850) 682-1883 at Air Care Service in Crestview, FL and schedule an appointment!