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How to keep your ac cool during a heat wave

Posted on: August 20, 2012

It might be almost time to send the kids back to school, but that doesn’t mean we’re in the clear yet – there are still a few weeks of summer left, which means there’s time for a few last heat waves before it goes! This summer has been particularly scorching, so if your air conditioner has already been working overtime over the last few months, do it a favor by reducing its heating load.

Have an Air Conditioner Tune-Up

Didn’t have time to get your air conditioner serviced this spring? That’s fine – you can do it now! Call James A. Wheat & Sons today to have an air conditioner inspection. We’ll check it out and make sure it’s fit to last you through the end of the summer, and we can take care of any little issues we see to make sure it doesn’t die on you while it’s sitting through the winter!

Prevent Air Leakage to Keep that Cool in Your House

Your AC works hard to keep you cool over the summer, but if your doors and windows are drafty, all that hard work is literally going out the door! Check your doors and windows for gaps that could be causing conditioned air to escape, and seal up any you find to make your air conditioner run more efficiently.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

We’ve talked about the benefits of programmable thermostats before on this blog, mainly because they’re one of the easiest ways you can save money on your monthly energy bills! Programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature for different times of day according to your schedule, allowing you to balance efficiency and comfort while saving money!

Avoid Cooking Indoors

As if you needed another reason to have a summer barbecue, cooking outside can actually help you save money on your cooling bills! Cooking food generates a lot of heat, and all that extra heat puts more of a load on your air conditioner. Grilling outside helps you avoid adding heat (and is much more fun!).

Replace Your Air Conditioner Filters Regularly

Even if you ignore the rest of the tips in this list, make sure you follow this one: now that you’re probably running your AC full blast almost all hours of the day, make sure you change the filters at least once a month! Clogged filters will prevent your AC from moving air, leading to a number of problems including frozen AC coils and, eventually, total system breakdown.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

You may already be doing this, but if you run your ceiling fans counter-clockwise during the summer it will help move the air from your AC around your house, making you feel more comfortable and allowing you to set the temperature up by a few degrees.

Keep Your System in the Shade

You don’t want your air conditioner to overheat! Try to keep your compressor out of direct sunlight during the summer – too much heat will make it work a little harder. That said, make sure you don’t have anything too close to the unit that could reduce airflow. If you decide to add a shade feature, make sure you keep it at least 24 inches from the compressor.

Avoid Heating Your Thermostat

Make sure you keep your thermostat out of direct sunlight, and don’t place things like incandescent light bulbs or other heat sources near your thermostat. This will fool it into thinking the house is warmer than it is and make it want to run your air conditioner harder to compensate.

Call for Air Conditioner Replacement

If you’ve tried all the above tips and you’re still not getting the efficiency you want, call James A. Wheat & Sons! We can provide air conditioner replacement services to make sure you have a system that will keep you cool through the end of summer and beyond!