Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool in the Heat
by Jonathan Martinez, Owner, Desert Sun Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc.
In the summer, air conditioners are the most needed appliance in the home. The worst thing that can happen is the air conditioner breaks down when it’s 115 degrees outside. In order to avoid this, you need to start thinking about your air conditioner in spring. Routine maintenance is crucial in order to keep your cooling unit from breaking down in summer. Here, at Desert Sun, we recommend two tips to keep your air conditioner maintained.
Change Filters — Most problems occur because the filter has not been changed. How often you change it depends on usage. In the middle of summer, you will change it one to three times a month. When temperatures are in the 70s, you may only change it every two to three months, if it’s not running. A good practice would be to look at your filter when walking past it periodically and see if it’s dirty.
Service by Licensed Contractor — It is recommended that you have your air conditioner serviced at least once a year. This way, problems can be caught before they happen or fixed before they do additional damage to the system. At Desert Sun, we have a 20-point checkup that will cover general maintenance on the system. There also are more extensive maintenance options available when needed, such as evaporator coil cleaning.
HVAC Maintenance may not be the most exciting thing to think about, but if you can make an effort to change your filters and have your unit serviced, it will save you money and keep your home cooled all summer long!