Late Summer Air Conditioning Tips

By August 28, 2014Air Conditioning, Tips

As we make our way through the dog days of summer, our air conditioners are put to the test right when we need them the most. After chugging for a couple of months, now they have to deal with the hottest temperatures and highest humidity of the year just to keep our faces from melting!

Right before summer winds down after its peak, here are some helpful tips to keep your air conditioner working its best until cooler temperatures start to appear.

Keep Your A/C Unit Clean

Dirt, grass, and other debris can make its way into your unit. This can clog it up, restricting airflow and putting some serious strain on your air conditioner. If the problem gets bad enough, the unit could quit on you. Take some time to wash off the outside of the unit and if you notice any debris building up inside, take off the cover and sweep out leaves or grass with your hands, a broom, or a hose.

Shade, but Don’t Cover

Shading your air conditioner can actually make it perform a little better, but never cover it during the summer. Covering your unit is good during the winter when it’s not in use, but an air conditioner needs a lot of air flow in order to operate properly, so never do this during the summer.

Be Reasonable with the Thermostat

During extremely hot days, it’s not uncommon for an air conditioner to run constantly and never quite keep up. Unfortunately, this is normal since air conditioners can only physically do so much. If it’s 100 degrees outside, you may not be able to get the temperature inside much below 75.

If you have an air conditioner question or problem, contact BR McGinty. We serve all of central Arkansas including Bryant and Little Rock with any heating, air conditioning, HVAC, plumbing, or metal fabrication need.