With stay-in-place orders still in place in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties because of COVID-19, we are using our air conditioners more.
On hot days when the AC runs constantly, there’s a chance that it could stop working or its effectiveness could lower.
Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your air conditioner works smoothly throughout the summer.
Replace your AC filter frequently
The job of an AC filter is to filter the debris and dust from the house and blow clean air into the house. When the filter gets dirty, it gets harder for the AC to blow air through the filter. This makes the air conditioner use more energy and work harder to push air through the filter.
When the filter stays dirty for a long time, the effectiveness of AC reduces and it will no longer cool the house effectively. It will also consume more energy with sub-optimal results.
Change your filter once a month especially if you use the AC a lot.
Run fewer appliances
When the temperature rises outside, your AC has to work harder to keep your home comfortable for you.
Burners, ovens, dishwashers and dryers produce a lot of heat and consequently increase the temperature inside the house. It is best to avoid using these appliances on really hot days when you expect to run the AC for a long time.
Hot days might be a great time to spare your air conditioner by taking your cooking outside and barbecue!
Keep other heat-producing equipment such as computers and lamps away from the A/C thermostat. This may make the thermostat send a higher home temperature and cause the AC work harder than necessary.
Use fans to cool your home
AC is not the only way to cool your home. Use floor and ceiling fans to circulate air. This cools the air and reduces the need to run your AC. Not running an AC all the time reduces your energy costs and extends the life of your AC.
Keep your vents clean
Vents are places where over time dust can collect and obstruct the airflow. Every summer go through all your air conditioning vents to make sure that the air blows through these vents unobstructed.
Furniture and window treatments can also obstruct airflow from your air conditioner. Make sure that 6″ of space next to the vent is clear.
Update your air conditioner
Every appliance starts to degrade in its efficacy at some point or stops working altogether. Having an air conditioner working smoothly is important to keep your home comfortable. And when you feel it is time or when your HVAC contractor recommends it, replace your old air conditioner for a new energy-efficient one.
RC Mechanical Can Help
The State of California’s list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers includes “Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.”
HVAC contractors are essential service providers. RC Mechanical can help you manage these indoor air quality risks and make recommendations to improve air quality. We are taking extra precautions to ensure our customers and employees are safe and healthy: we wear full-mask respirators and gloves when we go into a home. We avoid unnecessarily touching surfaces in the home such as doorknobs. When we complete our work, we ask the homeowner to open the door for us in order to minimize contact.
RC Mechanical, Redwood City’s best HVAC contractor, is a trusted local company that will quickly diagnose and resolve your indoor air quality issues. Whether you need help selecting the right air conditioner, installing a furnace, or conducting a home energy audit, you can count on RC Mechanical for superior and cost-effective service. RC Mechanical is a local veteran-owned business and has provided expert furnace and air conditioning repair and installation to the Bay Area with integrity for over 20 years. Homeowners in Redwood City and throughout the Bay Area count on us for all their heating and air conditioning needs.
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