There is nothing like the heat and humidity you can experience in Florida during July and August. If there is a time of the year where you use your air conditioner to its fullest extent, it is now. This is a major reason why our Downtown Air & Heat technicians see most of our repair calls: if your AC is going to break down, it’ll be when it’s working its hardest. Here are some suggestions to help you reduce the level of stress your air conditioner is under during these hot months without sacrificing your indoor comfort:
Use the 20 Degree Rule
We see temperatures well into the 90s and even over 100 degrees here during the hottest summer months. One way to help reduce the amount of work your system does is to use the 20 degree rule when setting your indoor thermostat. The rule is simple: make sure there is no more than a 20 degree spread between the outdoor temperature and your thermostat setting. As an example, if it’s 96 degrees outside, set your thermostat for no lower than 76 degrees. Pushing your AC to cool more than 20 degrees can make it more prone to overheating and breakdown.
Make Sure Your Ducts Are in Good Shape
Your ductwork plays a major role in your AC system: it delivers the cool air to your living spaces. If it has cracks and holes, if there are disconnections, or if it is excessively dirty, it will not function as needed. In turn, this can compromise your air delivery and directly impact your comfort and system’s energy efficiency. Hiring pros for ductwork cleaning, repair and/or duct sealing can go a long way toward helping your AC system stay stress-free.
Make Sure Your System Has Been Professionally Maintained
One of the best ways to make sure your system works optimally throughout the summer season – ever during the hottest months – is to schedule an AC specialist to perform maintenance on your system. It is never too late to schedule maintenance, so if you haven’t scheduled yours yet this year, give us a call.
Pushing your air conditioner only causes excessive wear and tear and makes it more prone to potential breakdown. If you need assistance with your air conditioning in Orlando, FL, give us a call today!