Tips to Reduce Strain on Your AC Unit This Summer

With Spring in full swing here in New England, we know the long-awaited warm weather is just around the corner. The South Shore will see many days with temperatures into the 90’s and humidity through the roof. This heat would be unbearable without the constant help from our amazing air conditioning systems. 

Running your AC units all summer long can strain the system and lead to excessively high utility bills. The increased effort from your AC unit may even cause the system to fail and leave you without cool air on a sweltering summer day. Use these tips to help decrease the strain on your HVAC unit this summer. 

Keep The Heat Outside 

This tip is the easiest one to follow but the most often overlooked by homeowners. The more heat that is let into the home, the harder your AC unit will work to cool it down. Make sure you close all doors and windows on hot days so that the cool air can stay in and the heat will stay out. You can also shut curtains or blinds to reduce warming from sunlight in the daytime. It is also good practice to avoid using heated appliances, like a stove, on a warm day.

Use a Programmable Thermostat 

Programmable thermostats can help if you leave home for work or school at the same time every weekday. If no one is home to enjoy the cool air, why should you put unnecessary strain on the AC unit. The thermostat allows you to program the temperature to rise when you are not home and drop back down before you get back. This will save money on your utility bills and minimize the strain on the AC system.  

Replace The Air Filter Regularly 

A clogged air filter is one of the most common reasons why air conditioners overwork themselves. On top of your regular service inspections, you should also check the air filter at least once a month to ensure it is working correctly. It is also important to clean debris and dirt off of outdoor units to eliminate clogging. This can help extend the lifespan of your system. 

One Call HVAC Can Help!

One Call HVAC is here to provide air conditioning services throughout the South Shore this summer. Whether it be a new install or routine maintenance, our contractors will provide convenient and affordable service to all! Contact One Call at (781)291-0438 for a free estimate.