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Tips To Avoid Overworking Your AC Unit

May 31, 2024
Tips To Avoid Overworking Your AC Unit

Air conditioners have the important responsibility of keeping our homes cool during the hottest months of the year. However, your AC unit may not be able to handle the strain you put on it during peak cooling season. In this guide, the experts at Chilly Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning explain tips to avoid overworking your air conditioner.

Why You Should Reduce the Strain on Your HVAC System

Regardless of whether you have a central cooling system or use window air conditioners, you want to be careful not to operate the unit in excess. But why should you worry about this in the first place? An overworked system will endure more wear and tear which could lead to premature replacement or costly repairs. In addition, it will increase your energy bills and make an environmental impact.

This begs the question: how can you avoid overworking your air conditioner?

How To Reduce the Strain on Your Air Conditioner

When the outdoor temperature rises, it’s tempting to crank up the AC and let it cool your home. Implement the following tips to stay cool without overworking your air conditioner.

Change Your Filter

HVAC air filters collect a lot of allergens over time. Your system must work harder to distribute cool air as the filter gets dirtier, so follow a regimented schedule for changing the filter. This not only preserves your unit but also improves indoor air quality by eliminating harmful pollutants like:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Pet hair and dander
  • And more

Adjust Your Thermostat

Keeping the thermostat at a low temperature can be difficult for the air conditioner to meet demands. You can reduce the strain and lower your energy costs by bumping the thermostat up a few degrees and using fans around the home to circulate cool air.

Invest in a Smart Thermostat

Do you often forget to change the thermostat settings? A smart thermostat can take care of this problem by connecting to your smartphone so you can control it from your device. This technology uses artificial intelligence to automatically make adjustments based on your habits.

Keep the Unit Running

How can constantly running the air conditioner be a good thing? If you’re always powering the system down when you leave the house and then turn it back on hours later, it will need to run longer cooling cycles to reach your desired temperature. A smarter solution would be to adjust the thermostat a few degrees higher before you leave and then change it once you’re back home.

Close Your Blinds

An abundance of sunshine can make your home feel even warmer. During the sun’s peak hours, close any blinds and curtains along windows that receive direct sunlight. This simple step helps keep the house cool without putting additional strain on your HVAC system.

Receive Professional HVAC Solutions

Protecting your AC unit from overuse will help you prolong its lifespan. However, if your system needs repairs or it’s time to upgrade, count on Chilly Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer affordable services with special financing available.

Call 270-776-3691 to request service.

About The Author

Chilly Bens

For 14 years, Chilly Bens has been providing heating and air conditioning service to the Central Kentucky area. 

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