Keeping your cool, especially during the hot days of summer, means maintaining the right temperature inside your home. This is not only important for you to stay comfy; you also need it to prevent heat-induced health problems.
As you rely on your air conditioner almost all the time, you should not neglect it. Instead, you should treat it with respect and do what you can to ensure it performs at its peak. Alvey Heating and Air discusses some of the things you should stop doing to ensure indoor climate remains optimal:
Using heat-producing equipment during the day
As much as possible, limit your use heat-producing appliances (clothes dryer and iron, dishwasher, washing machine, etc.). It is better to use these at night when the temperature is lower. This will also keep the inside of your home from being too humid.
Keeping heat-generating devices plugged in
Something a lot of people tend to forget is that many appliances still consume electricity as long as they remain plugged in the outlet. Even on standby mode, these appliances can still generate heat and affect indoor temperature. Heat is still heat, regardless of how little they contribute. Unplug your appliances when not in use; this will not only reduce indoor heat, but also lower your utility bills.
Leaving your air conditioning system dirty
When you let your air conditioner accumulate filth, it will perform poorly. It will use up more energy, become more prone to break downs, and leave you with a damaged unit. Do your part in maintaining it, but make sure you also schedule your unit for necessary air conditioning services, including annual inspection and tune-ups. Call an HVAC technician as soon as you notice problems with your unit’s performance.
Getting rid of these bad habits will considerably help you have a more comfortable home. After all, keeping comfort is combined effort and proper home maintenance.