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Three Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips Ensuring Twin Cities’ Summer Survival

Posted on June 15, 2010Rick Welter

Air Conditioner Thermometer Summer heat and humidity is no longer set to arrive in the Twin Cities, it’s officially here.  And with summer heat and humidity, a properly working central air conditioning system is a necessity to keep your home cool, dry, and comfortable.

Below, we’ve provided three tips to ensure your central air conditioner remains in full-working order  throughout the season:

1. Provide good air flow to outdoor equipment. In our spring central air conditioner checklist, we suggested trimming shrubbery to increase accessibility to your unit.  During the summer, it’s important to ensure leaves and debris are kept clear of your unit on a regular basis.  The U.S. Department of Energy recommends at least 2 feet of clearance on all sides and 5 feet on the top.

2. Shade your indoor windows. The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority reports that up to 20% of your air conditioning bill can be attributed to sunlight streaming in through unshaded windows.  Keep curtains drawn during the day to block sunlight – particularly east and west-facing windows – and your air conditioner won’t have to work nearly as hard.

3. Reduce moisture levels inside. By reducing moisture levels inside, you can not only increase comfort, but reduce the amount of work required by your air conditioner.  Much of the excess moisture inside of your home comes from outside humid air creeping in, so spend some time finding and sealing any sources of air leaks.

Of course, if your home just won’t cool, this may be indicative of a more serious problem with your air conditioner.  If this is the case, contact a central air professional for help.

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Three Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips Ensuring Twin Cities’ Summer Survival

Posted on June 15, 2010Rick Welter

Air Conditioner Thermometer Summer heat and humidity is no longer set to arrive in the Twin Cities, it’s officially here.  And with summer heat and humidity, a properly working central air conditioning system is a necessity to keep your home cool, dry, and comfortable.

Below, we’ve provided three tips to ensure your central air conditioner remains in full-working order  throughout the season:

1. Provide good air flow to outdoor equipment. In our spring central air conditioner checklist, we suggested trimming shrubbery to increase accessibility to your unit.  During the summer, it’s important to ensure leaves and debris are kept clear of your unit on a regular basis.  The U.S. Department of Energy recommends at least 2 feet of clearance on all sides and 5 feet on the top.

2. Shade your indoor windows. The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority reports that up to 20% of your air conditioning bill can be attributed to sunlight streaming in through unshaded windows.  Keep curtains drawn during the day to block sunlight – particularly east and west-facing windows – and your air conditioner won’t have to work nearly as hard.

3. Reduce moisture levels inside. By reducing moisture levels inside, you can not only increase comfort, but reduce the amount of work required by your air conditioner.  Much of the excess moisture inside of your home comes from outside humid air creeping in, so spend some time finding and sealing any sources of air leaks.

Of course, if your home just won’t cool, this may be indicative of a more serious problem with your air conditioner.  If this is the case, contact a central air professional for help.

To receive all of the latest air conditioning tips, subscribe to the Welter Heating blog today.

Plus, you should follow us on Twitter and become a Welter Heating fan on Facebook.

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