How to Prepare Your Home for the Hot Summer Months Ahead
The days are starting to get longer, and it’s starting to get warmer outside, so you know that summertime is coming. Summer means hot days, humidity, a warm house, and the need to run your AC unit. Even though many are looking forward to the summer, you need to get your home prepared before summer time comes, especially if your kids will be home all the time and will need the home to be comfortable and cool.
No one likes a warm home unless it’s winter and cold outside, on the other hand it can be very stuffy and uncomfortable if a home is humid and warm during the summer months.
Your best bet is to prepare your home by making sure the windows are not allowing drafts to come in, adding weatherstripping to the home and ensuring that your AC unit is functioning to the best of its ability.
Once you get your home up to summer standards, then you’ll know that you can sit inside and watch TV or lounge around without the heat from the outside bothering you, especially if you have a high efficiency air conditioner that cools the home well.
Your HVAC Unit
Your first step is to focus on your HVAC unit, which may or may not be giving you problems. Those who only have an AC unit will most likely have it off for up to six months throughout the year, especially in areas where it only stays warm for a few months a year. When focusing on your HVAC unit, you need to make sure that it works correctly, and it’s not hard to tell when the HVAC unit is not working because there are afew signs that you may see, such as:
- Thermostat has no display
- The thermostat is on, but the AC won't work
- The AC is using too much energy
- The home isn't getting cool enough
- Warm air is blowing, not cool air
- The AC won't turn on at all
If the thermostat is showing no display at all and is blank or dark, then you know you have a problem. It’s still possible that you’ll be able to run the AC unit, especially if it was turned on before the display went blank. Although it may be a simple battery change that’s needed to make the thermostat display work again, a thermostat with no display means you won’t be able to control your AC unit, and the unit may stay on until the thermostat problem is fixed.
The AC Won't Work
You can have a thermostat that works properly but won’t turn on the AC unit, which means you have big problems. If your AC won’t turn on, then how will it cool the home? A problem such as this will definitely need a specialist to fix it, especially since there can be many problems contributing to the reason why the AC won’t turn on when the thermostat is programmed to turn the cool air on.
If your AC unit works but is consuming too much energy and has given you a very high bill in the past, then consider getting a high efficiency air conditioner, especially since these are great for homes that need to run the AC regularly.
A high efficiency air conditioner is worth every penny, especially when it can cool down a home on the hottest of days and lasts for 15 years or more, so consider buying a different AC unit to cut down on energy consumption.
You turn on the AC, and the home is still not getting cool enough, especially the room which contains the thermostat. A home that doesn’t cool properly may have problems with the size of the air conditioner, but it’s also possible that there are other factors involved, such as a temperature problem on the thermostat or problems with the ducts. Allow a specialist to diagnose the problem to get it fixed as quickly as possible.
There are so many things that can cause warm air to be coming from your central air system, including having the fan on as opposed to having on the AC. There may be simple problems that are causing you to get warm air instead of cold air, but it may be that you need freon, the coils may have problems, the AC unit needs repair or more complex issues.
AC Won’t Turn On
It can be a pain when the AC unit doesn't turn on at all, especially when you need cool air right away. For problems such as this, get an HVAC specialist out because there can be a plethora of reasons why this may be happening in your home, and the specialist should be able to pinpoint the problem and fix it as soon as possible.
Always Get Repairs and Maintenance
If you’re ever having problems with your HVAC unit, then don’t hesitate to get a specialist, especially since they’ll be able to fix the problem.
You’ll want to make sure you’re maintaining your unit on a yearly basis because not maintaining it means that it’s more likely to have problems, and the unit can break down at an inconvenient time.
Make sure your HVAC unit works and is functioning as it should. You’ll also want to make sure that when you call a specialist for maintenance that they change the filter, especially if the filter hasn’t been changed in over three months. Those that continue to use a dirty filter will experience a lack of flowing air through their HVAC unit and may not get a cool home when the AC is turned on.
Caring for your HVAC unit before summertime comes means you can have an enjoyable and cool summer at home.
Call the specialists at AAA Modern Air in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at 954-241-2523 for air-conditioning repairs and maintenance.