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Air Conditioning Efficiency Tips for Summer

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Northeast Ohio is no stranger to hot, humid summers. Staying cool throughout the season relies heavily on the efficiency of your air conditioner. Proper maintenance is key to ensure it’s always meeting your cooling needs. Fortunately, there are some easy tips you, as a homeowner, can perform to improve the efficiency of your AC unit. In this blog, we look at steps to combat the heat and enjoy your pool parties, backyard barbecues, and other activities in comfort and safety.

A Guide to Keeping Your AC Running Smoothly All Summer

Nothing is better than walking into a cool, refreshing home when temperatures outside are steep. If your AC unit faces issues, you can’t consistently achieve the cool air you want. Not only is a malfunctioning unit unable to provide adequate cool airflow, but it can also result in an overuse of energy and costly utility bills each month. To better secure cool air this summer, consider the tips below:

Clean Your AC’s Air Filters

It’s good practice to regularly clean dirt, dust, and other debris off your air conditioner’s air filter. Reusable filters should also be vacuumed and rinsed regularly, and they should be changed out every few years. Disposable filters should be replaced every one to three months, depending on the frequency of use. Dirt and debris hinder airflow, so keeping a clean filter in your unit will ensure cool air can flow properly into your home.

Clear the Area Around Your Outdoor Unit

The outdoor condenser releases your home’s warm air outside. To guarantee its efficient operation, keeping the area around the unit clear is crucial. Remove sticks, leaves, and debris from the unit, keep vegetation at least 2 feet away, and ensure no shrubbery, awnings, or obstructions hang too close overhead.

Adjust Your Thermostat

While you may be quick to blast your AC unit to cool off, be mindful of how much energy you could use. To limit energy consumption without sacrificing comfort, set your thermostat to a few degrees higher than you might traditionally to a temperature you can tolerate.

Invest in Window Treatments

Installing blackout curtains or blinds is an effective way to keep your home cool. These window treatments significantly block the sunlight and heat entering your home, keeping it cooler. This means your AC unit won’t have to work as hard, limiting energy consumption.

Save Money With Routine Maintenance

Scheduling routine maintenance with a professional is a surefire way to keep your unit pristine. Maintenance consists of system inspections, thorough cleanings, tightening parts, and more that will lead to better operation. This will limit the frequency of repairs needed and inevitably save you money in the long run. Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning offers superb AC maintenance to keep you cool all summer!

Schedule AC Services With the Lakes Team Today

Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning is a trusted team of licensed, insured, and background-checked technicians who receive extensive training in the industry. Our family-owned and -operated team offers upfront pricing, free estimates on service calls, and financing options for your benefit. We are proudly ACCA-accredited and the Green Chamber of Commerce & Schools Foundation members!

Our AC services are designed with your comfort and well-being in mind. Schedule an appointment today!

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