No matter how long you’ve lived in the greater Phoenix area, you know it can get hot here… REALLY hot. That’s something we’ve all been dealing with all summer long. And while Phoenix residents are no strangers to heat, what we’re experiencing has been record breaking. It’s a no-brainer that, when the mercury rises, our home’s air conditioning system must work harder to keep living spaces comfortable. And all of that can put a tremendous strain on one of the most important systems in your home. Numerous surveys have found that broken down HVAC systems top the list as one of the most common home repair emergencies.
Here are three things you need to do TODAY to make sure your HVAC system keeps running smoothly during this intense summer heat.
- Replace your air filter. It’s super easy – here’s a how-to video on Instagram. The general rule of thumb is to change your AC filter every three months, but the type of filter you have can affect how often you need to change it. Some units may use thicker filters that only need to be changed every six months or so. If you have lot of pets or are allergic to pollen, you probably want to change your filters more frequently. Some people benefit from changing them every month or every other month.
- Remove debris. Removing weeds, shrubs and other overgrowth from your outdoor unit will help it run more efficiently.
- Check for leaks. Drain lines, refrigerant lines, exhaust flues, and condensate lines can all have leaks that impair operations or damage your home.
And the gentle hum of the air conditioning unit should serve as a reminder that one of the best ways to keep your HVAC running problem-free throughout the year is to get a regular tune-up. In fact, National Tune-Up Day – yes, it is an official day on the National Calendar – is just a little over two months away.
Now, you don’t have to wait until then to have your system checked, especially if you think it might not be efficiently keeping your home cool and comfortable today. Our team at AZ Dukes is here for you whenever you need us. You can give us a call for immediate service at 480-773-6565.