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3 Ways to Keep Your AC Running Efficiently This Summer

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Florida summers are no friend to an un-maintenance AC unit. Not only can your AC take a beating if it’s not ready, your energy use will spike, leaving you with costly AC repairs and high electric bills.

Before the weather gets too hot to bear, follow these 6 steps to making sure your AC is running as efficiently as possible this summer. Your wallet will thank us.

Use a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are a hot topic when it comes to maintaining an efficient home, and for good reason. Programmable thermostats can actually learn your daily activities and program your HVAC units to go on as needed. For example, many families work or go to school during the day, leaving the house at the same time every day and coming home and the same times. There’s no reason to lower your home temperatures during the day if no one is home to enjoy it.
Additionally, during your summer vacations, your Smart thermostat can be put on permanent hold until you return home.

We recommend avoiding cranking down your thermostat very low when you are feeling hot. This will NOT cool down your home any faster and wastes energy. Try turning on a couple fans, losing a layer of clothing, and cranking the temperature down a degree or two instead.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Waiting until something breaks is never a good idea when it comes to AC. When maintained properly, your HVAC units can stand the test of time. Our team suggests the following when it comes to year-long AC maintenance.

Clean Around Your Outdoor Condenser Unit

Your outdoor unit should always be clear of debris and foliage to work at its optimal efficiency. Any homeowner can do this, however, we recommend that you hire a professional for in-depth cleaning. We speak on that more below.

Change Your AC Filter

Homeowners should change their filters every 90 days. By doing this, you’ll cut down on pathogens and allergens which can reduce your energy bill by 5-15% per month! It also improves your indoor air quality allowing for a more comfortable, more efficient home.

Not that homeowners with pets normally have to change their filters more often. If you have more than one pet, consider changing your filter every 30 days.

Get an HVAC Maintenance Agreement with your HVAC Contractor

You never want to find yourself in the middle of July in Florida with a broken AC unit. The absolute best way to avoid this is by hiring an HVAC company to perform routine maintenance on your unit to ensure it’ll be working properly when you need it most.

At Bertie Heating and Air, we offer HVAC Maintenance Plans to all customers. With that plan, our certified service technicians visit your home bi-annually to inspect your HVAC unit. They will:

  • Clean and inspect the moving parts of your HVAC system
  • Check for leaks and other damages
  • Lubricate the motor and bearings
  • Test controls and safeties
  • Clear and check any drains
  • Test wiring and other electrical components
  • Adjust pressures and temperatures
  • Apply protective coating to the outer unit
  • Assure the operating sequence

By spending a little money on an inspection and repairs now, you can save a lot of money later by avoiding these inconvenient breakdowns. The best part? Bertie’s HVAC maintenance plan customers are warranty protected, have discounted repairs, and are eligible for our loyalty program benefits.

Learn more about Bertie Heating and Air Maintenance Plans in Gainesville, FL

Seal Your Ductwork

When ducts are not sealed, air can leak from them and waste energy on even the more efficient of HVAC systems. When you upgrade your HVAC system, we highly recommend having your ducts sealed first. This normally qualifies you for a smaller system, increasing your saving even more!

At Bertie Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer duct sealing solutions to be sure that your ductwork is in its best shape and keeping your home as comfortable as possible.

See how you can prevent extra costs of repairs with a maintenance agreement
Learn how to save on your next power bill with our tips for energy conservation