The temperatures in the Deep South are climbing and we will soon be pushing our air conditioning units to the limit.

Often during the summer months, our AC units are pushed to their limit, however, there are a few things you can do to maintain the efficiency of your unit.

For one, you want to make certain that you always have a clean air filter in your home. A dirty air filter will make your unit work harder than it should and one easy way to ensure that your unit runs efficiently during hot days is to keep a clean air filter in your home.

Filters are not expensive and running your unit a lot during the summer can force you to replace it more often during the summer months. So check your filters every 30 days during the summer and let there be good airflow from your home into your system.


Another thing you can do this summer to ensure that your HVAC unit is running efficiently is to wash the outside coils of your unit. Dirt and leaves can impede your unit's efficiency, but by using your garden hose a few times during the summer, you can keep the coils clean.

Some even suggest wetting your coils on a hot summer day to help allow for cooler air in your home.

However, the one thing you DO NOT want to do during the summer is shade the outside unit with anything that does not allow the warm air to blow off the unit. You're only asking for more heartache and another potential expense.

Remember, insulation is vital in maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home. If you feel like your AC unit can't keep up during the summer, you may not have enough insulation in your attic or enough ventilation to allow hot air to escape the attic.

All of these small things can be the difference between your HVAC unit running efficiently or not as temperatures soar in the Deep South.


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