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4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Air Conditioner This Summer

air-conditioner-get-the-mostOur temperatures may not have cooled to the point as other parts of the country, but it was nice to have a little bit of a reprieve from the heat for a couple of weeks. Now is the perfect time to consider the functionality of your air conditioner, and schedule maintenance if you haven’t done so already to ensure it will stand up to the job throughout the summer.

Or perhaps your AC system called it quits and you’re in need of a replacement. Either way, our team offers the San Antonio, TX AC services to help. But we want you to remember there are many factors to consider in order to guarantee the efficiency of your new system, and to help you get the most out of it.

For instance, you’ll need to consider the size of your cooling system (going to small or too large can be detrimental to its operation) as well as other factors like the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. Air conditioners on the market today are built with efficiency in mind, but there is more you can do to ensure financial savings on your cooling bills this summer.

1. You Can Perform Basic Maintenance

If you’re using a central air conditioning system, that means you have an outdoor compressor. You’ll want to ensure that the unit is kept free of debris such as plants, shrubs, lawn clippings, mulch, and branches. Also, keep an eye out for tree roots. Most compressors are installed on a concrete slab but still, tree roots can easily cause obstructions if they grow too wildly.

Back inside your home, take a look at the location of your vents. Are there any pieces of furniture blocking them? If so, try rearranging your furnishings so that there aren’t any obstructions that may restrict airflow, since this can cause your air conditioner to work less efficiently.

2. Utilize Fans

Using fans to keep the air moving in your home is a great idea, especially when your AC system is running. A ceiling or box fan won’t lower the temperature of the living space, but it does help move the cooler air coming through your air conditioner to help you feel cooler. This way, you’re able to set the thermostat up a few degrees so that your cooling system doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job.

3. Install Blinds or Curtains

The right window treatments can do a lot for keeping radiant heat out of your home. It prevents the greenhouse effect that summer so often brings—even more so when you use reflective blinds or drapes.

4. Invest in Professional Services

As we mentioned in step one, there are some basic maintenance tasks you can do on your own. This includes changing the air filter on a regular basis. The general recommendation is that you change or clean your air filter every 3 months during heavy periods of use. However, if you have significant contaminants making their way through your living space, you may want to do this more often.

And then there is professional maintenance. During this appointment, our professionals with thoroughly inspect your AC unit to make sure that everything is working as it should, and we’ll also clean and adjust any parts that need it. Additionally, we’ll make recommendations for any pressing repair needs. It’s best to handle these as soon as you can to avoid bigger emergencies later on down the line.

When you need dependable air conditioning services in the San Antonio area and beyond, just reach out to Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating.

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