Tips to Help You Avoid Straining Your Home Air Conditioning Unit

On hot summer days, your air conditioning unit's job is to dissipate the warm air out of the home and replace it with cool air. But there are a lot of things you can prevent the unit from working at top efficiency, especially during the summer months when you need it the most. Here are some tips to help you avoid straining your air conditioning unit, so you can get efficient service from it. 

Limit heat-generation within the home

Cooking, baking, dishwashing, dry cleaning, bathing and related activities can generate a significant amount of heat and drive up temperatures within the home. To lower temperatures to desirable levels, your cooling unit will have to work harder than necessary, and this may lead to system inefficiencies and/or premature failure of the unit. Consider performing these activities early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures outside are relatively lower. If possible, carry out the activities outside of the home. For example, cooking lunch in your outdoor kitchen can help reduce heat buildup inside the home.

Light bulbs also generate heat, so make sure to turn them off along with any heat-producing appliance that is not in use. During the daytime, you should light up your home with natural light. 

Avoid leaving your unit to run 24/7

Your home does not require cooling service when there's cool weather during the nighttime or when nobody's around to appreciate the cool air being circulated indoors. Instead of overworking your air conditioning unit by letting it run 24/7, you can give it a much-needed break by setting the programmable thermostat. This way, your air conditioner will be activated when you need it to start working. 

It is, however, vital to set the thermostat not very far off from the temperature that is desired. Or else, it will take too long for the unit to cool the home back down.

Avoid leaving your unit silent for a long time

Your air conditioner is pretty much like a car – if you do not operate it over a long duration, it will start to develop problems. If you are going on vacation with your family and won't need cooling service from your air conditioner, for example, you can set the programmable thermostat to come on and off at specific hours of the day. This will help keep the unit up and running properly while you are away – no unpleasant surprises when you get back home.

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