Recently, the Bay Area experienced quite a heat wave; with several places recording record high temperatures. For instance, it reached 88 degrees in downtown San Francisco, one degree above the record high of 87 reached more than 90 years ago in 1922! At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we want to help you become better “friends” with your air conditioning system, so that you can stay comfortable all summer long while enjoying lower energy costs.
How can you make sure your air conditioner works at top performance and perhaps even extend its life? Here are few tips from our Burlingame HVAC professionals:
Be aware that fans are a critical component of your A/C, responsible for moving air around. The indoor fan pulls air in the room in and cools it through a process involving refrigerant and evaporator coils, while the outdoor fan carries heat that’s inside your home away. This constant movement of air is why it is so important to change the filter in your system frequently. Filters capture dust, pet dander, dirt, and other particles in the air as it is being moved around. When the filter becomes clogged or extremely dirty, the fans have to work harder – which will result in higher energy costs.
Try to avoid adjusting your thermostat up and down. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat installed, leave the temperature set on a setting that’s comfortable, for instance 78 degrees. The more you lower and raise the thermostat, the more your air conditioning system kicks on and off, and the harder it has to work.
Use other appliances with your cooling system in mind. Running the clothes dryer or oven in the heat of the day isn’t a good idea. Make an effort to do laundry, run the dishwasher, or cook meals that require use of the stove or oven early in the mornings, or late in the evening. This will help keep the air inside your home cooler and less humid, so your system won’t run as often. Also be sure your clothes dryer is vented to the outside so that much of the hot air goes outdoors, instead of into your home.
There are lots of things you can do to give your air conditioner a hand this summer. Close the blinds and drapes to keep the sun out, use ceiling or portable fans to help move the cool air around. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, keeping your Bay Area home comfortable while saving you money is our business! Give us a call today.