Tips to Keep Your AC Running Efficiently During a Heat Wave

Tips to Avoid Summer Heat Wave

Extreme temperatures continue to be an issue this summer season. When extreme weather hits, it’s important that you’re prepared. It can be dangerous—especially for the young and elderly—to be suck indoors without access to cool, quality air. Follow our tips to keep your air conditioning unit running efficiently—even during a heat wave.

Keep Those Filters Clean

When your AC unit is constantly running, it can lead to reduced efficiently. But when the temperatures are soaring, no one wants to risk a warm house. So how do you keep your unit running efficiently during a heat wave? Keep those filters clean!

We probably sound like a broken record by now but the truth is, clean HVAC filters are essential to the efficiency and lifecycle of your unit. Most filters last between one and three months. We suggest creating a schedule to help you remember to check your filters. You can also schedule AC maintenance with an Air Hawk professional and let us keep your unit in top condition.

Reduce Your Unit’s Workload

There are few simple things you can do to help reduce the stress on your unit. Ensure that the area around your outdoor unit is free of any type of obstructions. Leaves and debris can build up in the condensing unit. Taking the time to ensure that there isn’t any build up can help you unit function its task effectively.

Another way to reduce the stress on your unit is to keep the curtains and/or shades drawn during the day. The sun emits a lot of energy and can greatly impact the temperature of a room. Keeping the sun out can help reduce the interior temperature—making your AC unit’s job much easier.

Choose the Fan ‘On’ Mode on Your Thermostat

When the heat is intense, we recommend choosing Fan On rather than Auto. Why? With the Fan On mode, your unit will continue to circulate cool air through your house even after the thermostat has reached its set temperature. This can help avoid hot spots in the house.

Another benefit of using the Fan On mode during a heat wave is that you reduce some of the stress associated with Auto mode due to the constant starting and stopping. With Fan On selected, you get a continuous flow of air.

We hope these tips help you keep cool during the heat wave. If have any questions or need to schedule maintenance, give us a call any time.

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