The long, hot Tampa Bay area cooling season takes a toll on your air conditioner, which works 24/7 to keep you comfortable. You can help reduce the load on your system’s compressor by following these tips.
Reduce the Load on Your Air Conditioner
- Turn up your thermostat when you leave the house or go to bed. Consider a programmable thermostat that allows you to program your schedule so that your system can slowly cool your home back down by the time you wake up or arrive home from work.
- Seal air leaks in your home to keep cool air in and warm air out and prevent your system from having to work overtime to compensate for lost air.
- Seal loose joints in your ductwork to prevent air loss and improve airflow to your system.
- Check your air filter every month and replace it when it’s caked with dust. A clean filter ensures good airflow, helps improve your indoor air quality, and prevents dust from entering your system and considerably reducing its efficiency.
- If you haven’t had an annual tune-up on your air conditioner, it’s not too late to benefit. A comprehensive tune-up will increase system efficiency, lower your utility costs, extend the life of your air conditioner, and prevent common air conditioning problems.
- Remove obstructions from your return and supply vents to maximize airflow and keep you more comfortable.
- Hose down your outdoor unit monthly to remove trapped dirt that can inhibit airflow and make your system work overtime to compensate.
Stay Cooler at Higher Thermostat Settings
- Use your ceiling fans to help you feel cooler.
- Operate heat-generating appliances at night to reduce humidity and keep your home’s temperature cooler during the hottest part of the day.
- Combat solar heat gain by keeping your window shades drawn during the day.
- Save arduous activities for the cooler evenings or early mornings so you don’t have to crank up the air to cool you off.
For more advice on how to ease the load on your A/C system’s compressor in the Brandon area, please feel free to contact us at Gulf Coast Air Systems.