How to Reduce AC Strain During the Hot Summer Months

How to Reduce AC Strain During the Hot Summer Months

As if you didn’t know, it gets hot in Peachtree City during the spring, summer — even fall. Not only that, but it’s also humid, which makes us feel even hotter. High humidity inhibits our ability for sweat to evaporate and cool us off. In most cases, it’s best for our homes to remain at 50% or less humidity for us to feel comfortable. That means we are likely to use our air conditioners quite frequently and for a long time, resulting in AC strain.

Obviously, the more you use your air conditioner, the more wear and tear there will be on parts. Furthermore, you may be more likely to have AC breakdowns and require repairs. Over the years, you may find that the life of the air conditioner will be diminished. 

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce the strain on your air conditioner this summer. 

Tips for Reducing AC Strain

  1. Reduce heat gain. Some simple practices can reduce heat gain in your home so you can also reduce heat strain on the air conditioner. Close blinds, curtains, and shades to keep solar radiation from raising the home’s temperature. Wait until evening to run heat- and moisture-generating appliances such as the washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher. Take shorter showers in the evening. Try to use the microwave for heating up food; refrain from cooking big meals and using the oven and burners excessively.
  2. Change your air filter frequently. A dirty air filter will not clean the air effectively and will cause AC strain as the equipment labors to draw the air through. Your bills will be higher, and you may have more breakdowns.
  3. Have your air ducts checked. The air ducts are probably out of sight, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need maintenance. An occasional maintenance check can reveal if your ducts have cracks or holes or if the duct segments are disconnected. They should be repaired, as leaking air will result in higher bills and ineffective cooling.

For more information on AC strain, contact Powers Heating and Air Conditioning of Peachtree City.

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