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Jul 30 2023

How to Minimize Strain on Your HVAC System During the Summer

At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we provide quality services for our local customers including air conditioning repair and replacement. With the summer heat climbing each year, it's no surprise your air conditioner has to work overtime. But did you know there are ways to help your AC unit cool your home more efficiently and reduce energy consumption? Here are five expert tips to give your AC system a well-deserved break this summer.

The Importance of Regular Air Filter Replacement

The air filter’s job is to catch dust, pollen, and other airborne particles, so they don't clog up your AC system. A clean filter allows your AC to breathe easily and work more efficiently, reducing strain and preventing unnecessary wear and tear. However, as the filter traps more particles over time, it can become clogged, forcing your AC to work harder to circulate cool air. This extra work can lead to increased energy consumption and a potential decrease in the lifespan of your AC system. The solution? Regular filter changes. Generally, it's recommended to replace your air filter every 30-90 days, depending on the type of filter and usage. This simple act can lower your AC's energy consumption and improve indoor air quality.

How Home Insulation Can Ease Your AC's Workload

Insulation helps keep your home’s cool air inside and the hot air out. It acts like a thermos, keeping your drink cool on a hot day. Poor insulation, especially in areas like your attic, walls, and windows, can allow cool air to escape. This means your AC system has to run longer to maintain the desired temperature, leading to higher energy bills. Adding insulation, weather stripping, or energy-efficient window treatments can significantly improve your home's ability to retain cool air, reducing the need for your AC to run constantly. It's an investment that will pay off in the long run through energy savings and increased home comfort.

The Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

Imagine having the power to schedule your AC operation to fit your lifestyle, reducing unnecessary energy consumption. Sounds like magic? That's what a programmable thermostat can do. A programmable thermostat lets you set schedules for your AC to turn on and off or adjust temperatures when you're not at home or sleeping. For instance, you can program it to increase the temperature while you're at work and start cooling down just before you return home. By avoiding unnecessary cooling, a programmable thermostat can reduce AC strain and save on cooling costs. Some even allow you to control your home's temperature remotely via your smartphone, a perfect blend of convenience and energy savings.

Installing Ceiling Fans for Temperature Regulation

Think ceiling fans are a thing of the past? When used alongside your AC, they can help circulate cool air more efficiently, creating a wind-chill effect that makes your home feel cooler without turning the thermostat down. You can set your thermostat a few degrees higher, reducing the workload on your AC, without compromising comfort. Just make sure to turn them off when leaving a room to save energy.

Do You Need an HVAC Company for Your Next AC Repair or Maintenance Service?

A well-maintained AC system will serve you well, keeping those hot summer days at bay. If you have any questions or need professional help to implement these tips, don't hesitate to reach out to a trustworthy HVAC company for assistance. Call the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air. Whether you need a simple filter replacement or an emergency AC repair service, our professionals are ready to help. Contact our office for more details about our offerings or to schedule an appointment for your upcoming air conditioning repair, HVAC installation, or maintenance service.

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