If your air conditioning unit seems to be working overtime or isn't keeping your home cool as well as you would like, there may be some quick fixes you can do on your own. Sometimes your AC unit is doing just fine, and there are other factors in your home that are slowing this down. Here are four DIY remedies you can try before calling in your AC repairman for service.
1. Avoid Direct Sunlight into Your Home
There are plenty of ways you can up the shade factor within your home and keep the heat out. A darker home can give your AC unit a break and stop your home from unnecessarily taking in heat from the outside. In the short term, invest in some heavy drapes on windows that tend to let in the most afternoon sun. In the long run, planting trees or tall shrubbery that will give your home some more shade can help for years to come.
2. Invest in Alternative Cooling Devices
While nothing beats the cooling air of an AC unit, you can move around existing air and get a breeze going as well. Installing ceiling fans that can push down cold air and keep things circulating can increase the efficiency of your AC unit. If you have a spot in your home that might not get direct cold air, you can prop up an oscillating fan to send cool breezes your way.
3. Vacuum Internal Vents
If your AC unit's airflow just doesn't seem to be as strong as it used to be, your vents may be blocked with dirt, grime, or pet hair. Be sure to clean off the front of vents where dust can gather. You can also vacuum inside of vents to pick up any smaller particles that could be blocking airflow.
4. Avoid Heat-Producing Appliances
Some of the other appliances in your home might be in direct competition with your AC unit's job of cooling down your home. Don't make your air conditioner work overtime by overusing heat-producing appliances. Hair dryers, ovens, clothes dryers, and dishwashers can quickly heat up your home. Use these sparingly or in the evenings during summer months.
Sometimes your AC unit just needs a little help on your end to keep things running smoothly and keep your home cool. If there might be a bigger issue going on with your AC unit that is out of your DIY scope, be sure to bring in an AC specialist like one from Getzschman Heating, LLC to assess your needs.
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