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How To Prevent Common HVAC Problems In The Summer

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Between the hotter-than-usual summer here in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and southern Maine, and so many of us staying home more, we’re using our air conditioning more.

To prevent A/C problems and potential breakdowns, we have three tips that you can do yourself to help your home’s air conditioning stay in good condition while keeping your home cool and comfortable.

Change the air filter

This is one of the easiest DIY jobs you can do, and it’s one of the best things you can do for your air conditioning.

A dirty filter makes the A/C work harder, meaning you’re using more energy. More dust and debris gets into the air conditioning system, increasing wear on the parts and putting the system at further risk for a breakdown.

Check the filter at least once a month and change as needed. If you have pets or someone in the home has a respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, you will have to change your air filter more often.

Clean your registers and return vents

Stop dust from getting into the air conditioning system by vacuuming your registers and return vents every time you vacuum your floors.

While you’re at it, make sure there are no obstructions near your registers such as furniture and curtains. These impede the circulation of the cooled air into your rooms, making the air conditioning cycle on more often than needed, increasing wear and tear on the A/C as well as increasing your energy bills.

Give your A/C a break

When the air conditioning is constantly running, it’s going to get more wear and drive up your energy costs.

There are a few things you can do to reduce your air conditioning use without giving up any comfort.

  • Use your programmable thermostat. Program it so the A/C temperature is set at a few degrees warmer than what you usually set it for when you’re home. You may be surprised that you’re still comfortable while your air conditioning isn’t working as hard.
  • Close curtains or blinds in south- or west-facing windows during the day to reduce solar heating and keep the air conditioning from cycling on as frequently.
  • If you have ceiling fans, make sure they’re turned counterclockwise and use them to push cooled air back down into the room. This will keep you cooler and may help you keep the thermostat at a slightly higher temperature.

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