No Alabamian Wants a Hot and Humid Party…
Late spring and early summer are busy times for celebrations, such as Mother’s Day, graduations, and bridal and baby showers. One thing all these parties have in common is a guest list, which means more people in your Alabama home than usual. Douglas Cooling & Heating knows the struggles you can experience when the temperature and humidity start to rise, especially when hosting a party in your home.
Prevent unexpected breakdowns with your air conditioner by scheduling service with qualified technicians who have seen it all! Our NATE-certified technicians will clean and inspect your air conditioner during service, including repairing or replacing damaged components found during the service call. Follow these tips to ensure your home stays cool during your celebrations and call Douglas Cooling & Heating for additional help with your cooling needs.
Change Your Air Conditioning Filter
Your air conditioner depends on an air filter to trap and remove pollutants in your home air on a daily basis. Common pollutants include dirt, dust, pollen and other debris. When the filter is too dirty, it can become clogged and stop working to trap contaminants before they circulate through your air ducts.
Particulates begin to build up in your ductwork, restricting airflow and forcing your air conditioner to work harder to deliver cool temperatures to every room in your house. Check your filter once a month, at a minimum, and replace it every few months to ensure it traps pollutants easily, allowing your cooling unit to operate efficiently without breakdowns.
Besides the air conditioner’s filter, your unit can experience air flow problems due to dirty evaporator coils or condenser coils. Dirty evaporator coils prevent air from moving across them, which influences how easily your home cools. The condenser coil is responsible for depositing heat from your home outside, if it is dirty, it can’t effectively move heat outdoors.
Check your outdoor unit for debris or vegetation crowding it and removing what you can without damaging components in the outdoor unit. If you suspect your evaporator coils or condenser coil are dirty and preventing proper airflow, contact Douglas Cooling & Heating. We will clean your coils and repair damaged parts of your outdoor unit.
Seal Air Leaks
Your HVAC unit accounts for over half of your energy usage in your home. When air leaks are present in your house, energy from your cooling system is lost through the leaks and gaps. Check windows and doors for possible air leaks. Apply caulking to windows and weatherstripping your doors to prevent energy from escaping.
Air leaks are also possible in your ductwork, especially if they aren’t regularly cleaned and inspected. Douglas Cooling & Heating offers ductwork cleaning services by our NATE-certified technicians. We will locate possible leaks, fix what we find, and replace damaged ductwork during the duct cleaning.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are underestimated and can be your best friend during your festivities. They circulate cool air throughout your home when you need it most and give your air conditioner time to relax during the hottest part of the day. By not operating as hard or as often, ceiling fans boost your air conditioner’s efficiency while keeping your home cool for your guests. Increased efficiency not only saves you money on your energy bill, it promotes a healthy air conditioner to last long past summer.
Schedule Air Conditioner Maintenance
Scheduling maintenance on your air conditioner will ensure your unit is clean and operating with a clean filter before your guests arrive. Douglas Cooling & Heating offers preventative maintenance plans at affordable pricing, which keeps your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pumps in tip-top shape year-round. Maintenance keeps your HVAC equipment in check and catches small problems before they escalate into expensive repairs in the future.
Keep your air conditioner healthy and avoid surprise breakdowns when guests arrive. Call Douglas Cooling & Heating now to schedule maintenance or service on your air conditioner. We want your guests to experience cool temperatures in a comfortable environment, regardless of the weather outside.