Central Arizona’s summer could be described as one long heat wave, and during that time, your air conditioner is working to the max to keep you comfortable. To protect your compressor and other A/C components from being overworked and breaking down before their time, learn how to give your overworked air conditioner a break.
First of all, keep heat from getting into your home. Placing solar screens or even temporary shades on your sun-facing windows will help minimize solar heat gain. Another factor to consider is air leakage from your living space. Of course, you should check seals around windows and doors, but also check for holes in your crawlspace, attic or basement walls, ceilings or floors. These are often the biggest reasons for heat gain. Additionally, make sure that your attic is well insulated and sealed to make sure heat buildup in the attic doesn’t find its way into your living spaces. Proper attic ventilation also is important to keep it from getting so hot in the first place.
Other things you can do to help your overworked air conditioner do its job:
- Change the air filter regularly.
- Clean the evaporator and condenser coils.
- Check your ductwork for disconnects.
All of the above may seem obvious, but can be easily overlooked. Your air conditioner will work at its highest level if properly maintained.
If after you have done all of this, it still feels uncomfortably warm in your home, try a few more options. Fans will help cool you off with the wind-chill effect; however, remember that they do not cool the air and should be turned off in an unoccupied room. Installing a temporary window unit air conditioner could certainly help alleviate some of the burden on your central A/C while making it more comfortable for you. Finally, have a home energy auditor assess your house to pinpoint areas you can improve.
Please contact us at Wolff Mechanical if you would like expert advice about your air conditioning system. We provide expert services to Phoenix, Scottsdale and other parts of Central Arizona.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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