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Tips to Minimize the Strain on Your HVAC System During the Summer

Hot. Hot. Hot. This summer has already brought the heat! June 2021 was a record-setting month. It started out as the hottest June ever recorded for the Twin Cities. The month ended with being the second hottest June ever documented for Minnesota.

With two more months left of summer, we have gathered up a few tips to help you get through this sizzlin’ heat. Record-setting temperatures can put your HVAC to the test. So here are a few tips to minimize the strain on your HVAC system during the summer.

Regularly Replace Your HVAC Filters

We’re sure you’ve read this tip a handful of times. Regularly checking and changing your HVAC filters is one of the easiest ways to reduce strain on the unit. Dirty filters can wreak havoc on furnaces and air conditioners by restricting the airflow. The filter can also break down, letting debris float into your HVAC unit. We suggest checking your filter monthly and replacing it every 3 or 6 months depending on your home and HVAC unit’s needs. If you have furry friends, this schedule can be more frequent.

We are always here if you have questions on which filter is best for your home or to buy more filters.

Install a Smart Thermostat

Have you been holding out to install a smart thermostat? This small change can save you both time and money.

Not only does investing in a new smart thermostat save you from having to manually adjust the temperature, but certain kinds can also get to know your schedule and make adjustments on their own. Other helpful features of a smart thermostat include setting service and filter reminders or the capability to view and adjust your home’s temperature from anywhere (with WiFi), and some even give you a report on energy usage.

Keep Cool Air in Your Home

Check your home for air leaks or gaps. Adding insulation in the walls and attic and sealing windows or other gaps can keep the cool air in your home. Other suggestions to the keep the hot air out include closing shades or installing reflective window coverings.

Reduce Heat in Your Home

During the summer some chores or tasks actually heat up your home. We recommended avoiding or moving these tasks to the cooler part of the day or waiting for nighttime.
Some tasks or chores to wait on would be:

  • Showering
  • Soaking in the bathtub
  • Cooking
  • Baking (especially using the oven)
  • Running the clothes dryer

Upgrade Your Air Conditioner

Is your home’s air conditioner more than 10 years old? Does it frequently break down? Might be time to replace and upgrade your current air conditioner. New air conditioners are also more energy efficient, meaning more savings for you in the long run.

We recently wrote a blog detailing how to find the best air conditioner for your home. If you have more questions, please contact us.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your air conditioner not only helps keep it operating at its highest performance, but it also can alert you to any problems before they become major (and expensive). We suggest getting tune-ups twice a year, usually in the spring and fall. It is ideal to get a tune-up before turning on that season’s HVAC.

These are just a few tips on how to help your air conditioner better cool your home for the rest of this summer. If you are in need of more assistance or have specific questions on what might be best for your home, contact our experienced team of heating and cooling experts.