If you’re a first-time homeowner or have dealt with forced-air A/C units for years, the more information you can find to care for yours the better. Sometimes giving Google a good search can come in handy, but here’s some info from the professionals to save you some time & money. After you’re done reading, check out Tonna’s deals for Duct Cleaning, A/C Installs or Repairs, and Water Heaters/Softeners.
Turning Your Thermostat Down
Now, in all seriousness, some might think cranking your thermostat to 60 degrees will make your home colder faster. It will make your home colder, but not faster. Let’s say while you were gone you set your Wi-Fi Thermostat to 80 degrees, and now you’re on your way home you change it to 60 thinking your house will be nice and cool. Upon return, you find the regular cold air flowing. What is happening is your A/C will keep pulling the indoor warm air, cool it, and push cold air into your home for a longer amount of time. It will work hard for an extended amount of time straining itself and your utilities to get back to a comfortable indoor temperature.
Clean It Up
While your A/C is taking the warm outside air, it’s also collecting outside debris such as cottonwood seeds, lawn clippings, dandelion seeds, dirt, and much more. That’s why receiving professional Routine Maintenance such as an A-coil cleaning every year or so is a great idea. Another important, cost-effective, and easy tip is to change your filters. Filters, usually located in your furnace, still need to be changed on time to avoid dirt damaging your equipment and getting into your air ducts during the summer. If you’ve looked down your air ducts lately and see a not-so-metallic-sparkle it might be time for a Duct Cleaning.
When Things Go Sideways
If air is blowing through your vents, but it’s the same temp as outside, or if your unit is unusually loud, you may have a problem. In this case, it’s best to turn your A/C off and leave the fan running. A part of your cooling unit may have frozen up, or there may be a different issue. This can happen on units that malfunction, when it’s humid while units have been running for an extended amount of time, and on older units. Calling a professional for a Professional Diagnostic & Repair is your best option to protect your equipment.
Problems On The Inside
It’s hot outside. We’re sweating, you’re sweating, and now your furnace is sweating…? Unless you have a Ductless Mini Split it’s safe to assume your cooling unit utilizes the blower wheel on your furnace. Sometimes condensation can collect around your furnace because of the humid air that moves through it. Sometimes it’s a kinked or blocked condensation line, or sometimes it’s something else. This isn’t something to panic about, but it does need to be addressed. You may have high humidity levels and could use some recommendations on getting a Dehumidifier installed or there could be another problem. It’s best to shut off your cooling unit and furnace then give Tonna a call.
It’s never very much fun to join the crowds calling for assistance when it’s 90+ degrees outside, the dog is panting and the heat is making everyone uncomfortable because you didn’t foresee your A/C breaking down. One thing you can count on is Tonna’s 24/7/365 assistance. Call for cooling, plumbing, and come winter, your heating needs. Before unexpectedly meeting an issue, look at the “Just Right” Comfort Club. These maintenance plans not only give you great discounts on repairs, and other services but also includes seasonal inspections and tune-ups on your furnace and A/C. Memberships pay for themselves many times over and give you peace of mind.