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Three Ways to Help Your Air Conditioner

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Does the Texas heat have your home feelin’ hot, hot, hot? You can fix the heat indoors with a little less steel drums and a little more air conditioning. Here are the top three most overlooked ways to supplement your air conditioner’s performance. For some reason, no matter how many times homeowners are warned, reminded and even begged to change their air filters, these vital parts of your air conditioner are neglected. The simple truth is if you ignore or forget to change your air filters, your air conditioner isn’t going to be able to pump the clean, cool air you desire into your home. You can set that thermostat to 70, but there is no guarantee that’s what you’ll get. Clogged air filters impede airflow, forcing your air conditioner to work longer in attempts to reach the temperature programmed into your thermostat. So do yourself and your air conditioner a solid and replace your air filters at the first of every month. Don’t make me beg! Embrace wind chill factors this summer. You can set your air conditioner to a higher temperature, spend less on energy bills and still feel comfortably cool by running your ceiling fans. Make sure you’ve switched them back from their winter rotation direction. (In the summer your fan should spin counter clockwise.) Moving air will accelerate the rate at which perspiration evaporates from your skin and cools you down. If your ceiling fans have lights, make sure the light bulbs are energy efficient and put out more light than heat. Just like your car needs its oil changed and fluids replenished, your air conditioner needs regular maintenance. This, it turns out, is news to a lot of homeowners. Luckily, air conditioner maintenance is as easy as picking up the phone and calling your local HVAC company. A trained and certified technician will inspect, clean and make any necessary repairs to your air conditioner before things needing little fixes turn into major problems. Supplementing your AC and keeping up with proper AC maintenance doesn’t have to be a headache. Set up reminders in your phone for the air filter replacements, fan reversal and tune-ups. If I can’t convince you, maybe your incessantly chiming cell phone will! Following these tips will make it so easy to stay cool.