It never fails. A heat wave is covering the Fort Lauderdale area and the air conditioner in your home starts blowing out warm air or stops running completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our town, you reach for the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and wait out the heat until relief arrives. Although some A/C problems will require a professional technician, here are a few tips that can be used to lower the chance of this happening to you this summer.
Maximize Air Flow
A properly operating central air system must be able to pull the air through the unit, including recirculating air throughout the rooms of your home. If Air blockage or obstruction of any kind can result in trouble and repair costs. To assure you have the manufacturer suggested air flow, make sure to keep clear the immediate area around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes cutting back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Beyond helping reduce energy costs by regulating your home’s temperature, programmable thermostats can also help minimize impact on your system. Program your air conditioner for warmer temperatures when the home is empty or at night when it cools down outside.
Also, program your thermostat for longer run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help lower humidity in your Fort Lauderdale area home. This can give you a more comfortable environment, as well as keep mold spores from growing in your home.
Watch Out for Those Pests
Some bugs and pests are attracted to central air units, which can be detrimental if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the base of the unit with a reasonably wide perimeter of 24 – 36 inches.
The majority of outdoor A/C units are placed on a concrete slab or other platform, giving them a level base of operation. However, just like a home’s foundation, your A/C’s platform can also sink or settle into the ground, hindering the performance of the air conditioner. Every now and then, look at your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level.
Of course, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are also important to keep your air conditioner functioning well. Call to schedule a check up before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. By following these simple tips, you may be able to avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.