TAMPA, Fla. – In the midst of scorching temperatures, maintaining an efficient air conditioning (A/C) system in Florida is not only a comfort issue but also a financial one. Matt Cook of Tampa Bay Home Solutions shares insights on keeping A/C systems running smoothly.
Record-Breaking Heat and Rising Demand for A/C Services
- Historical Heat: This year has seen record-breaking temperatures as early as July, leading to unprecedented heat advisories.
- High Demand: The extreme weather has resulted in a surge of service calls, causing delays in technician availability.
Understanding Your A/C’s Needs
- Breathing Requirement: A/C systems need to ‘breathe’ properly to function efficiently. Obstructions can lead to stress and increased energy costs.
Essential Maintenance Tips
- Regular Filter Replacement:
- Change air filters monthly.
- Recommended Type: MERV 5 filter.
- Coil Maintenance:
- Keep the condensing unit coils clean.
- Avoid pressure washers; opt for professional cleaning with specialized coil cleaners.
- Unclogging the Condensation Line:
- Use a shop vac to clear any blockages.
Realistic Temperature Settings
- Ideal Temperature Difference: A/C systems are designed to cool interiors by about 20 degrees from the outside temperature.
- Avoid Overworking: Setting the temperature too low during extreme heat can strain the system.
Advice on Daily Temperature Settings
- During High Heat: It’s advisable to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the day.
- Energy Savings Myth: Adjusting temperatures drastically can lead to more energy consumption, not less.
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