We Arizonans know that June, July and August can be unbearably hot. Air conditioning doesn’t just keep us comfortable, it’s necessary for staying active and productive throughout the long desert summer. If you own a home in the greater Phoenix area, you definitely don’t want to take chances with your air conditioning system. One summertime malfunction can throw your entire household into chaos. Right now, before the triple digits hit, is the perfect time to take some proactive steps and to schedule air conditioner maintenance. Here’s what to do to stay cool all summer-long:
Flip Your Thermostat to Cool
If you haven’t done so already,
Your HVAC system is engineered to make your home comfortable throughout the hot summer months, as well as during our brief, but chilly winter. Yet, malfunctions can happen. Problems can arise from a variety of issues, from faulty installation to a lack of maintenance to just bad luck. Interestingly, sometimes it’s an unusual smell that signals that it’s time to call for HVAC service. Have you experienced an odd odor emanating from your HVAC system? Here’s what it could indicate.
A musty smell indicates the likelihood of mold. Air conditioners have condensation buildup and produce moisture inside the system.
Before modern air conditioning, it was not uncommon for places of work and schools to halt their operations in the summer. This was so that people could avoid the overwhelming heat. Today, about 74% of homes in the Western part of the United States, and about 85% in the Southern states, have central air conditioning, according to the EIA.
However, with all great technology comes the balancing side of that equation, and for air conditioning services that means air conditioning repairs. If the thought of finding enough funds to cover air conditioning repair costs makes you cringe,
Before calling us for Service
- Make sure that all the switches of your thermostat are in the correct position.
- Make sure that your circuit breakers are in the ON position.
- Make sure that your filters are clean.
- Do not start and stop the unit, the compressor can be damaged.
- Check the air access if you have a ground unit.
If you have a Heat Pump
- Don’t turn your thermostat off during cold weather.
- If you have an electronic thermostat, don’t set back the temperature setting during night time hours.
In the heat of the summer, you might forget all about the Polar Vortex and how brutally cold this January was. But though staying cool has probably not been much of a challenge during the last month or so, you might need to find ways to do so in the summer, especially if the heat matches the cold. Investing in air conditioning services in the spring is a good way to make sure your home cooling systems are working properly, but there are other ways to beat the heat as well. In fact, cooling your home without cranking up the AC might not be as difficult as you think.