Summer temperatures are still in the air, and your AC system continues playing an important role in keeping you and your family feeling comfortable. Looking at ways to lessen the strain on your AC during the summer can be helpful in avoiding problems with your HVAC unit while also improving energy efficiency.

Here are a few tips to remember to help reduce the strain on your air conditioner in the summer heat:

1. Avoid Drastic Changes in Temperature

Keeping the same range of temperature in your house during the summer is a good idea to help you improve energy efficiency. Completely turning off your AC system while you are gone can lead to a significant rise in temperature inside, making it work harder to cool your home when you turn it back on. Instead of turning your system off, turn your thermostat up a few degrees when you leave.

Better still, consider replacing your existing thermostat with a Wi-Fi enabled “smart” thermostat. Once installed, these devices “learn” your usage habits. Then, they begin self-adjusting, so you don’t have to remember to manually do it. Users still maintain control to adjust the temperature setting at any time, plus they have the convenience of doing so from an app on their mobile device. GVEC sells and installs Nest® Learning Thermostats and the Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control.

2. Replace Air Filter

Another way to keep your HVAC system working at an optimal level during the summer months is to replace your air filter regularly. Dirty filters make your system work harder and less efficiently. It’s recommended to check your filter monthly, and change it when it’s dirty or at least every three months.

3. Schedule Seasonal Maintenance

Scheduling regular seasonal maintenance is another way to reduce strain on your system. An HVAC professional will inspect your air conditioner to look for any signs of problems, so they can be corrected before a total breakdown. These inspection services can also improve the efficiency of your air conditioner and help you reduce your electricity bill each month. At GVEC, we offer the HVAC Spec Check maintenance plan (spring and fall check-ups) and Check-N-Save (one-time maintenance check). Both options offer convenience and a comprehensive inspection for your system.

GVEC has offered professional HVAC services in South Central Texas since 1968. Our company also provides other products and services, such as ductless systems, indoor air quality accessories, licensed electrician services, and solar and battery storage solutions. We are also happy to answer any questions and help you with all of your home comfort needs. Give us a call today at 877.466.5506 to learn more about our services!

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