How to keep your HVAC system running during a heat wave

When the weather starts to heat up, most people think about how to keep their HVAC system running during a heat wave. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Check the air filter.

The first step is to check the air filter. A clogged air filter can cause your system to work harder than it needs to, leading to a breakdown. If you’re unsure how to change the air filter, consult your owner’s manual or contact a professional contractor.

If your system is still having trouble after changing the air filter, the next step is to check the evaporator coils. Dirty coils can cause the system to overheat and break down. To clean the coils, turn off the power to the unit. Then remove the front panel, gently remove debris, and use a soft brush or vacuum. Once the coils are clean, replace the front panel and turn the power back on.

If your system is still not working correctly, it may be time to call a professional contractor for repairs. Contractors can diagnose and repair any issues with your system, ensuring it runs smoothly and efficiently for years to come.

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Schedule a tune-up.

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It’s also a good idea to schedule a tune-up for your HVAC system before the heat wave hits. This will help ensure your system is running at peak efficiency and can help prevent problems down the road.

If you don’t have an HVAC system or your current system isn’t up to keeping your home cool during a heat wave, you can consider a few other options. Portable air conditioners can be a great way to stay calm and are relatively inexpensive to purchase and operate. If you have ceiling fans in your home, ensure they’re running in the proper direction (counterclockwise) to help circulate the air. And, of course, open those window shades during the day to let in as much natural light and airflow as possible.

It’s essential to stay hydrated during a heat wave. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic beverages, which can dehydrate you. And, if possible, stay indoors during the day’s hottest hours. If you must go outside, try to limit your activity and take frequent breaks in the shade or an air-conditioned space.

Keep the area around your unit clear.

During a heat wave, keeping the area around your unit clear of debris and vegetation is essential. This will ensure that your unit has enough airflow and can operate at peak efficiency. Also, check your unit’s filters and clean them regularly. A dirty filter can cause your unit to overheat and break down.

If you don’t have air conditioning, there are still ways to stay calm during a heat wave. Drink plenty of fluids, dress in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and spend time in more excellent areas like basements or air-conditioned buildings. Avoid strenuous activity, and if possible, stay out of the heat during the hottest part of the day. These precautions will help you stay safe and comfortable during a heat wave.

Use a smart thermostat.

A smart thermostat can help you save energy and money if you have a central air conditioning system. Smart thermostats can automatically adjust the temperature based on your schedule and habits, so you don’t have to worry about it. Can you also control them remotely to adjust the temperature from your phone or computer?

To get the most out of your smart thermostat, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, set it to the right temperature for your home. You’ll use more energy than necessary if it’s too cold or too hot. Second, don’t forget to change the filters regularly. Dirty filters can reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and cause it to work harder than necessary. Finally, consider getting a pet-friendly or child-safe model if you have pets or children. This way, you can rest assured that they won’t accidentally change the temperature or turn off the AC.

Don't wait until the last minute to turn on your AC.

Don’t wait until the last minute to turn on your AC when the weather gets hot. This will put unnecessary strain on your system and could cause it to break down. Instead, turn on your AC a few days before the heat wave hits to give it time to cool down your home.

You’ll want to ensure the filter is clean if you have a central air conditioning system. A dirty filter can cause your system to work harder than it needs to and could lead to a breakdown. To clean your filter, remove it from the unit and rinse it with water. Let it dry completely before putting it back in place.

If you notice that your AC isn’t cooling your home as well as it used to, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the problem. First, check the thermostat to ensure it’s set to the correct temperature. If it is, then you may need to replace the air filter. If the filter is clean and the thermostat is set correctly, the problem may be with the AC unit itself, and you’ll need to call a maintenance specialist.

These tips can help ensure your HVAC system stays running during a heat wave. If you have any questions or concerns, consult a professional.

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