There’s no doubt about it that we have entered the hottest month of the year here in our valley and, with that brings the most common issue regarding our homes. We are talking about our air conditioning units. Below are some tips that you’ll find helpful in order to keep your A/C unit running properly and possibly save it from having to be repaired or replaced.
The first and most common thing to do in order to keep you’re A/C unit running effectively is one that is often easily forgotten. That tip would be to make sure that you are changing your air filters in your home and cleaning the vent and surrounding areas to keep it running smoothly. You should change your air filter at least once per month and replace them as needed. This is especially important during this time of year because dust and allergens tend to circulate more frequently. By not changing your filters, it increases the chances of clogging them and you’re a/c unit will have to work harder in order to supply the same amount of cool air. Just like changing the oil in your car, changing your air filter(s) is a crucial step to maintaining your system’s long-term health and performance.
Another useful as well as effective tip is to not let your thermostat take the heat. What we mean by this is that you shouldn’t place or keep lamps, T.V. sets, or other appliances that generate heat near your thermostat. As you may or may not know, when your thermostat senses heat it causes the A/C unit to run longer than necessary. For all of you homeowners out there, be sure that when you install or replace a new thermostat that you do not put it in a place where the sun might shine directly on it.
Removing debris from around you’re A/C unit can do wonders. Make sure to keep plants, shrubs, as well as other landscaping about two to five feet away from your outdoor unit in order to ensure adequate air flow! Trash and debris tend to cling to our units here in the valley especially on windy days. So, next time the weekend rolls around, spend 20-25 minutes cleaning the debris from around your unit outside as newspapers and plastic bags especially love to collect and stick to your unit. This simple and easy step is one in the right direction in keeping you A/C unit running to its maximum capacity and saving you time in money in the long run by adhering to this tip.
Hopefully these tips not only save you time but also money when it comes to your air conditioning unit. By following these helpful hints and tips, you can prevent a major repair or, even the hundreds of dollars that it costs to replace you A/C system. Living in the Vegas heat we obviously know just how essential our A/C units are so, next time yours starts to give you fits then keep these tips in mind for the future! One last thing to consider is that should your A/C go out, utilize all ceiling fans as well as stationary fans to cool your home. Your local casino and if you have any friends or relatives in town should be reached out to as an option because A/C repair companies are extremely busy this time of the year. Stay safe and cool Las Vegas!