Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

It never fails. Boise is experiencing record heat and the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops running completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you pick up the phone to call your HVAC specialist, as you and your family brave the heat. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to decrease the chance of this happening to you this summer.

Ensure Maximum Air Flow

For the A/C system to work correctly, you need to ensure the air is pulling through properly, including recirculating air throughout the rooms of your home. If this process is obstructed in any way, it 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 scaling 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. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.

Another tip is to program your thermostat for longer run-cycles. While this action won’t prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Boise area home. This can give you a more comfortable environment, in addition to keep mold spores from developing in your home.

Keep Pests at Bay

Many bugs and pests are drawn to A/C 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 exterior of the unit to keep them from “bugging” your air conditioner.

Stay Level

The majority of outdoor A/C units rest on a concrete slab or other platform, permitting them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, impacting the performance of the air conditioner. Check on your outdoor component to make sure that the base continues to stay level.

Of course, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner operating as it should. Make sure to schedule a check up before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Following these suggestions, you may be able to avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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