Air Conditioning Tips to Keep Your Clearwater Home Cool
Thursday, August 20, 2015
It gets hot in Clearwater during the summer time. In the middle of July and August temperatures can soar in the upper 90’s or low 100’s. The last place you want to feel the heat is inside your home. And while your Clearwater air conditioning system is the most important item in your home during the warm season, it is often the most overlooked. Consequently, when disaster strikes, your entire family’s safety and comfort can be instantly compromised. So if you want to keep your home cool all summer long, follow these easy tips.
Preventative Maintenance is The Key
The difference between paying a few dollars for a healthy system or hundreds of dollars to fix a poorly running system is in how much ongoing preventative maintenance you provide for your air conditioner. The are dozens of great reasons to keep your air conditioner maintained. A healthy AC system runs more efficiently and keeps your energy bills low. Maintenance costs far less than repairs and will extend the life of your air conditioner for several more years. Maintenance also insures that your air conditioner will run when you need it the most – during the hottest seasons of the year.
Insulate Your Home
Although modern homes are well built with quality construction, wind resistant siding, and durable drywall, it’s the insulation around the home that ultimately protects it from drafts and hot temperatures. So it’s important to have your home well insulated and regularly inspected to make sure that it’s properly sealed. When your home is protected and draft free – not letting any air in or out – it keeps your Clearwater air conditioning system from having to work as hard in order to keep your home cool. The cool air stays in while the hot air stays out.
Windows & Doors
One area that homeowners might not consider at the windows and doors in your home. There are several things to consider. One, is whether or not the area around your windows and door frames is properly sealed. In other words, when you close your windows and doors, no air should be getting in or out of your home. There should no leaks and no drafts whatsoever. Another consideration is the amount of protection you have. Do you have single-pane or double-pane glass? Do you have one door or do you have a glass screen door for double protection? If your windows and doors are getting old then consider replacements.
How Old is Your Air Conditioner?
The average conditioner should last 10-15 years regardless of the brand or what type of air conditioner you have. If your AC unit is more than a decade old, then you may want to consider replacing it. When you contact our Clearwater air conditioning & heating company, Curtis L. Gavel A/C & Heating, we can perform a complete inspection on your AC system to see whether replacement is the best option for you. In some cases, you may just need a few repairs or routine maintenance. If your air conditioner is costing too much in ongoing repairs, however, and seems like it’s about to give out any moment, then a new AC would be a wise investment.