There are Cures for the Summertime Blues…
Common Sense and Good HVAC Maintenance
It’s gonna be another hot Summer in Florida. This is not News! Temperatures here usually begin to soar long before the calendar announces that it is Summer (officially on June 20 at 6:34 p.m. EDT. ), and places all over Central Florida have already experienced near record heat. Since our hottest months (traditionally) are yet to come, Floridians have nothing to look forward to but more hot weather until at least mid-fall. With the worst of the heat and humidity still to come, its time to take a look at our energy usage and what to expect from home cooling systems this Summer.
To maintain your (HVAC) unit at top efficiency, this is the time to make certain that the filter is new or cleaned. A dirty or clogged filter makes the air conditioner work harder, and can cause the air compressor to break down. Additionally, keep in mind that your machine has to be able to breathe. If there are any shrubs or debris near the outdoor unit, get rid of them.
Most HVAC systems in use today are not able to provide very cool temperatures when it gets above the mid-nineties outside. Be sensible. Set your thermostat on a temperature that is realistic in this very hot weather. Even with efficient and well running AC, there will be areas in your home that don’t have vents in prime locations, and you may find that the AC just isn’t providing the overall cooling you need. Use fans (ceiling fans if you have them—remember to set your ceiling fans for summer to Spin Counterclockwise) to keep air circulating throughout your home. Or use portable room fans—these are a great solution because, being easy to move around, you can use them in different areas throughout the day or set them up in the rooms you are occupying.
Keep the doors and windows shut. If windows are open, or doors are constantly being opened and closed, cool air inside your home escapes, and it becomes extremely difficult to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. It’s a good idea to check the seals on windows and doors, as constant leakage of air-conditioned air is costly. During the heat of the day, it is also an excellent idea to shut curtains or blinds that allow direct sunlight inside. This causes significant indoor heating. Don’t forget also, that the use of some appliances— most notably, the oven or stove and washer/dryer produce a good deal of heat and impact how well your AC is working. Even things like the microwave and toaster have some effect. Do laundry early if possible, and plan meals that use the least amount of energy during peak heat.
These measures, and other things, like planning your landscaping to take advantage of the shade properties of trees, etc., will not only help your HVAC system function more efficiently, but save you money on service and utility bills.
Keeping in mind the limitations of your Air Conditioning and the outdoor temperature, if you feel that your unit is not functioning effectively, call us at D.G. Meyer, Inc. (386-253-7774) or Contact our Service Department for an appointment. This is a very busy time of year for us, but we are available 24/7 and will get to you as quickly as is possible.