How to Prevent AC System Stress in Irving and Mansfield

blogThe current temperature in Dallas (on Friday, June 26, 2015) is 95 degrees. The 10-day forecast? Pretty much a carbon copy of today. But that’s what we waited all winter for, right?

And now we have it.

Well, so does your air conditioning system. As in, it has a mandate for round-the-clock cooling, even though it gets to breathe a little easier from roughly dusk to dawn. In between, it’s working its tail off to help keep you cool and, in the process, is undergoing a lot of mechanical stress.

That kind of extended and relentless activity can easily cause your AC system to malfunction, but there are things you can do to help it along, so it can do a better job of keeping you and family cool and comfortable:

  • Once the temperature outdoors hits 95, raise your thermostat to 75 degrees and keep it there until it starts to cool off outdoors. This is especially important for AC systems at least 10 years old.
  • Consider installing a whole-house attic fan. That way, you can turn your AC system off once it’s cooler outdoors than indoors, sleep comfortably all night long, and take a ton of pressure off your AC system.
  • Faithfully clean or replace your filter every 30 days. Once filters start to accumulate dirt and other particles, your AC system has to work to drive cool air into your living spaces.
  • During the day, draw shades and curtains over windows exposed to direct sun.
  • Ask us about a Wi-Fi accessible programmable thermostat, one that allows you maximum control to save energy while no one’s home and yet have your house cool and comfortable just in time for your return.

Also, if it’s been a year or more since your AC system was last professionally serviced, contact Optimum Air today. It will allow us to improve your system’s operating efficiency while helping to lower your utility costs.