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September 2, 2014

Air Conditioning a necessity in Coastal Cities

In a town like New Smyrna Beach, Florida, air conditioning is a necessity. The heat and humidity of our area makes the outdoors brutal, and the indoors a welcome relief. However, with increased usage, AC units can burn out quickly. If you want to keep your AC unit performing at its best for longer follow the below tips:

1. Have the Appropriate Size AC Unit for Your Home

Air conditioners are sized according to the load, or quantity of air they can cool. If your home is bigger than the unit’s capacity, it will be less efficient, and have to run longer to keep things cool. If you notice that certain areas of your house are not cooling off, you might need to upgrade to a larger capacity unit.

2. Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the most effective way to lengthen the life of your Florida air conditioning unit. Some things you can do are simple, like replacing the air filters every 30 – 60 days. Other procedures may require a Florida HVAC repair specialist. During your tune up we will check your Thermostat, Evaporator Coil, Drain Pan, Blower Wheel, Drain Line, High Voltage Connections, Filter, Air Leaks, Accumulator, Low Voltage Connections, Expansion Valves, Motors, Freon, Defrost Controls, Capacitors, Relay, Condenser Coil, and Compressor. Fixing any problems promptly will give your machine a longer life.

3. Good Air Circulation Inside

In order for an air conditioner to run smoothly, it has to have good air flow. Make sure your air intake vent is clean and unobstructed. This is where the hot air in your home is removed. Then, keep floor and wall vents clear from curtains, houseplants, and furniture to allow maximum circulation.

4. Reduce Time AC Is On

In Florida, air conditioning units need an occasional break. There are a number of ways you can make your home comfortable with less AC. First, use ceiling fans to create a breeze, which will feel cooler even though the interior temperature will stay the same. Second, set your thermostat to a slightly higher temperature while you are gone. If you have a programmable thermostat, it can change temperatures multiple times a day to fit your schedule. Additionally, keep extra heat from appliances and light bulbs to a minimum.

5. Outdoor Unit Care

Take a look at the air conditioning unit outside. If it is not already in the shade, consider planting trees or shrubs to give it some shelter from the sun. Keep the exterior clear of leaves and debris. Also, make sure there is a clear area for at least three feet around the unit to give it the best possible air circulation.

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