While it hasn’t been all that warm in Hayward, San Francisco, and surrounding areas, sometimes our air conditioners get a workout, although we don’t really think about it too much. Just like our refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances, we often take our HVAC equipment for granted. Your A/C may be overworked and you don’t even know it!
Before you start having problems or your cooling system becomes less efficient, take some of the load off with these tips from our Hayward air conditioning experts.
Turn on the fans. Whether box, pedestal, or ceiling fans, you can move the air around in the rooms you occupy, making it feel cooler to your skin. By running fans in the rooms you’re in, you can kick the A/C up a notch, and save on energy.
Change the air filter. Yes, sometimes you hear this so much it sounds like a broken record – but do you do it? Changing the air filter means better flow of air, as well as cleaner air for your family. When a filter is clogged with dust, dirt, and other debris, it inhibits the airflow, making your A/C system work harder – and ultimately, increasing energy costs.
Combat heat gain. When the sun comes through windows, it heats up your home (called ‘radiant energy’). This heat gain means your air conditioning system will work harder to cool your rooms. Close blinds or draperies to block this heat.
Give your ducts some attention. When ducts have leaks or are not properly sealed at joints, conditioned air escapes; in fact, you can lose as much as 20% to 40% of your conditioned air, which is just like throwing money out the window. Seal cracks and loose joints with mastic sealant or metal tape.
Schedule preventive maintenance. A yearly tune-up is the very best thing you can do to keep your cooling system operating efficiently through the summer season. Your Hayward HVAC technician will check safety features, refrigerant levels, connections, and your entire system to ensure efficient, safe operation.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we know how hard your HVAC system works to keep you and your family comfortable. Give it a hand with the tips above, and enjoy a comfortable home that won’t break the budget in terms of energy costs.