Staying Cool in Extreme Heat

Stay cool in extreme heat

Posting Date: July 23, 2015
Posted by: Shawn Workman, South-West Florida Branch Manager

Summer can be a scorching experience in the areas we serve, but there are ways to keep as cool as possible.

Shade your air conditioner

A central AC unit operating in the shade uses up to 10 percent less electricity than the same unit operating in the sun. Plant trees or shrubs strategically to shade your AC unit – just be sure not to block its airflow.

Avoid placing heat-producing appliances near your thermostat

If your thermostat is near a heat source such as a lamp, TV, or oven, your thermostat will get warmer readings than the rest of your home. Set your thermostat to as high a setting as is comfortable

Each degree below 75 degrees will increase your energy bill by 10 percent. Remember that the most important factor in feeling cool is not the actual temperature of the room, but the contrast between outside and inside temperatures.

Clean up around your air conditioner

A/C coils can become dirty, which makes your unit work harder to perform the same job. Clean the area around the coil, removing debris and trimming foliage at least 2 feet.

Use a ceiling fan

A ceiling fan can make a room feel cooler just by moving air, so when you use it together with air conditioning, you can set your thermostat higher than you normally would.

Clean or change your filter regularly

This simple step will increase your air conditioner’s efficiency by as much as 15 percent AND increase the lifespan of your system.

Beware of leaky ductwork

As much as 30 percent of your cool air can escape through ductwork joints, elbows, and connections, especially in unheated or uncooled spaces.

Maintain your air conditioner

It’s easy to take your air conditioner for granted, until it stops working. Regular maintenance will not only help spot potential problems, but will also increase the life of your unit.

Our tune-ups will keep your A/C running at peak efficiency, with complete diagnostic services that can keep minor issues from becoming expensive problems.

Contact us or call 877-237-9700 if you have any questions or concerns.