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Avoid These Common Cooling Mistakes This Summer

Summer is finally here, folks! It's the perfect time of year for beach vacations, family road trips, and backyard barbecues. Are you staying close to home this summer? Whether you're hosting a summer event at your house or simply relaxing on the couch, it's essential to maintain a cool and comfortable space for both your household members and guests.

When the weather starts to warm up, we all have the same goal of keeping the house cool. However, some common cooling mistakes can do more harm than good. Let's dive in!

Skipping AC Maintenance

Many of the issues that lead to air conditioner breakdowns can be prevented by scheduling regular maintenance. If there is dirt or debris collecting in your outdoor unit or worn components of the system, your home is at risk of an HVAC system failure.

Preventative maintenance is always crucial to protecting your house from air conditioner outages in the heat of summer! While your AC may be in excellent working condition at the moment, neglecting to service the system can lead to an untimely unit replacement. Scheduling regular maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your unit.

Opening the Windows

We know how tempting it can be to prop open the windows on a gorgeous sunny day in California. However, when you open windows (or even doors), the cool air provided by your air conditioner escapes. Your AC is forced to overwork itself to reach and maintain the ideal temperature.

Suppose you're using your summer vacation to perfect your cooking skills. While it's common to open a window to allow smoke and food fumes to escape, try turning on your exhaust fan first, as this can help ventilate your space without letting the cool air out.

If you have to open a window, turn off the HVAC system until it's closed again to prevent a waste of energy and money. This can also help prevent your system from overheating due to stress.

Leaving Fans Running in an Empty Room

We'll let you in on a secret: leaving ceiling fans running in an empty room is a waste of energy consumption and will not help cool your house. Ceiling fans do not cool rooms, just the occupants in them. They work by redistributing air and creating a "wind chill" effect for people in the room.

When you leave a fan running in a vacant space, you're basically raising your energy costs to fan your furniture. Don't forget to turn the fan off when you leave the room!

Neglecting an Upgrade

We understand that it may be difficult to part ways with your old AC, but it's for the best! If your air conditioner is around 10 to 15 years old, it's time for a replacement. While some homeowners may hesitate to invest in a new AC, continuing to run an old, inefficient air conditioner can cost more in monthly energy bills.

Nothing lasts forever, including your air conditioner, so when you suspect that your AC is ready for retirement, contact Red White & Blue HVAC and Plumbing for premium AC installation services. Your AC upgrade and our team's impeccable customer service will leave you with a smile on your face and a cool and comfortable home!

Professional Air Conditioner Services

We're the experts in all things heating and cooling! Your household deserves nothing less than the very best, and our team at Red White & Blue HVAC and Plumbing is prepared and trained to restore your home's comfort levels quickly. We have over 60 years of experience in air conditioner installation, maintenance, and repairs. Give us a call today at (888) 959-8303 or complete our online contact form to schedule your next appointment.