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Hot weather tips for air conditioning.

The weather is getting hot and this isn’t about marketing, if you have another company you work with now then the same applies with them..

  • If you have ANY concern that your A/C may not be working the way it is supposed to then get a service call to check it out early in the week so it can be addressed (or given a clean bill of health) before everyone is swamped. A diagnostic service call is cheap insurance and you can either call or text us at 334-828-1024 (Or use whomever you prefer). 
  • If you are sure your A/C is working OK make sure your air filters are all fresh and clean and as the days start to warm up make sure doors stay closed and blinds, curtains are closed.
  • If the weekend comes and your thermostat starts to rise and the the A/C runs all the time, try to stay calm. Don’t call an A/C contractor UNLESS the thermostat rises above 80°. I know it can be frustrating but this is how systems are designed in Alabama because we cannot oversize them due to humidity.
  • If you think your A/C is on it’s last leg and needs replaced we can get that setup for a free consultation and estimate during the week. 
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There are a few other practical things you can do to keep your home cooler that don’t involve the air conditioner at all.

  1. Replace Halogen and Incandescent light bulbs with LED, they produce less heat. 
  2. Don’t cook on the stove or oven during really hot days, Hot days = PIZZA!
  3. Run fans when you are in the room, don’t run them when you aren’t. Leaving fans running in rooms you aren’t using actually INCREASES the temperature of those rooms. Fans cool you via convection and evaporation they don’t decrease the air temperature.
  4. Get insulation added to your attic. That’s a win -win because it helps with your power bill and comfort on hot days.

 

HVAC technician life hacks you can use to make things a little better for a short period of time.

  1. FIRST, go outside and place your hand over the outdoor fan. If you can hear it running and the air blowing out the top feels hotter then the outdoor air then the compressor is running. If not then shut the system off and you will need to schedule a service call.
  2. Look all around at the pipes going into the unit. If you see any ice, go inside and turn the unit to OFF and the indoor fan to ON at the thermostat. Leave it this way for 8 hrs or so to defrost the unit. If you call out a tech and they show up to a frozen unit it will result in delays and/or extra charges. Keep in mind that when the unit defrosts the part inside (the furnace or fan coil) may leak some water so be prepared with towels around the inside part of the air conditioner.  
  3. If the unit is blowing out warm air outside and there is no ice you can see anywhere and your filter is new and clean you can use a lawn sprinkler to mist water onto the side of the outdoor part of the air conditioner. Make sure it is low pressure and only do it for a maximum of 6 hrs a day and only for a few days a year during the hottest parts of the day. This helps to improve the capacity of the air conditioner and takes some of the load off of the compressor. DO NOT DO THIS LONG TERM, CHLORINE AND MINERALS IN THE WATER CAN AND WILL DAMAGE YOUR AIR CONDITIONER. 

Finally, If you do need a service call you can call or text us at 334-828-1024 but PLEASE be patient. We are doing everything we can to get ahead of the weather. Sometimes your best option may be to get a hotel for a night or two if your A/C goes down during a time like this while waiting to have it repaired. You may also consider getting a portable A/C from a big box hardware store to keep the master bedroom cool.

 

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