“Heat wave” is a relative term in the Valley of the Sun. Standard summer days in Tempe count as roasting heat waves for most other parts of the country. So what we might call a “heat wave” mean that it is extremely hot. Either way, we have numerous days that will place enormous stress on the cooling systems in our home, and this pressure will cause them to wear down faster, leading to repairs and a shortened service life.
But there are ways to take some of the strain off your AC during the worst of the heat. Although you will depend on your air conditioning in Tempe, AZ to help you through most of the summer, you can relive the work stress placed on it through a few basic steps and some professional assistance from an experienced AC company like Johns Refrigeration.
Here’s our advice for keeping a healthier cooling system during the days of the Anvil of the Sun.
Have Regular Maintenance from a Professional
You should have a maintenance visit from an HVAC technician annually, no matter the weather. The best time to have maintenance done is in spring, but it is never too late to schedule it during the summer. Without maintenance, your air conditioner will start to run with additional stress. This will not only raise your power bills, but will cause the air conditioner to overwork. You risk a serious breakdown during the summer each time you go without a maintenance visit that year.
Maintain a Steady, Comfortable Thermostat Settings
Thermostat control is something people rarely do well during a heat wave: they crank the thermostat down to the lowest possible setting (usually 50°F) to combat the higher temperature. However, the thermostat is not a throttle: it will not producer higher levels of cooling when set lower, it will only remain on longer to try to reach the lower temperature. This puts enormous stress on the system, and it will result in a temperature that is too low for comfort. Instead of dropping down to the lowest setting possible, set you the thermostat at around 72°F, which is comfortable for most people, and keep it there. The AC will work less and you won’t sacrifice comfort.
Reduce Extra Sources of Heat
Watch for places in your home that produce additional heat that contributes to the high outdoor temperatures. Draw the blinds over windows that face the sun. Turn off all unnecessary lights. Avoid using appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, laundry machines during the hottest parts of the day. Keep doors and windows closed. If you have an attic, make sure that it is properly insulated, since it will become incredibly hot from sun exposure and this heat will seep down into the rest of the house.
To get started with easing the stress on your air conditioning in Tempe, AZ, call Johns Refrigeration and sign up for our Peak Performance Club. We offer two 51-point inspections each year (the second is for your heater) and many other membership benefits.