Can you believe July is almost over already? Summer seems to come and go faster every year. How's your A/C doing? In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, you may miss out on some signs that your air conditioner is struggling. To stay on the safe side and make sure you and your family are cool all summer long, here is a mid-summer HVAC maintenance checklist to keep your system running smoothly.
Is your house too hot, too cold or just right? Your schedule changes during the summer as the kids are off from school, you take time off work and more people come over for barbeques and weekend hangouts. Adjusting your thermostat settings can help cut back on energy consumption and save you money while keeping everyone cool and comfortable.
When the house is empty, raise your thermostat about 10 degrees rather than shutting your A/C off altogether. Set the temperatures back before you go to bed, which will probably be later in the night. You can program the temperatures to rise again about 15 to 20 minutes after falling asleep.
Smart thermostats are a great way to keep your home running on a schedule without having to manually adjust things yourself.
If you had your filter changed just before summer, you may be due for a replacement. Most residential air filters need replaced every 30-90 days and summer stirs up dust, dirt and other allergens that can wear down a filter faster.
You may want to upgrade to a higher MERV filter, which will last longer and be better at catching summer allergens. You should also clean your exterior unit; it's not uncommon for grass and other debris to get caught in the vents while you're mowing the lawn. Just make sure your system is off before you try to remove anything from it.
With the kids home, clothes, toys and just about everything else winds up on the floor and scattered around the house. Do a walkthrough and make sure that none of your vents are closed or obstructed. Move furniture at least three feet away from vents to help air circulate better throughout your home.