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How to Get the Most out of Your Air Conditioner This Summer


As Tampa's HOT summer months arrive, it's time to start thinking about how you can get the most out of your air conditioning system. With the right preparation and maintenance, you can keep your home cool and comfortable without breaking the bank. In this blog post, we'll share some tips for getting the most out of your air conditioner this summer, so you can beat the Tampa heat.

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The Importance of Regular Maintenance



Your air conditioner is a complex system that requires regular maintenance to run efficiently. Keeping your AC unit in good working order can help you save money and reduce energy usage. Here are some simple tips to ensure your AC system is well-maintained:

  • Replace or clean the filter. This is one of the most important parts of AC maintenance. Replacing or cleaning the filter regularly will keep your air conditioner running optimally and help prevent dust, dirt, and debris from entering the system.
  • Next, inspect the refrigerant lines. Over time, the refrigerant lines can become corroded or clogged, preventing the air conditioner from working properly. Have a professional inspect these lines annually to ensure they are free of debris and in good condition.
  • After, check for leaks. Leaks in your AC system can reduce efficiency and cause expensive repairs. Have your system inspected for leaks each year to ensure it's running smoothly.
  • Schedule yearly AC Tune-Ups. This is the best way to avoid expensive repairs by having a technician out to your home to inspect all of the parts of your system.
  • Finally, clean the outdoor unit. Dirt and debris can accumulate on the outdoor unit over time, reducing its efficiency. Make sure to keep the unit clean by brushing off leaves and debris, and having a professional inspect it for damage or wear and tear. In addition, having your AC system serviced by a professional once a year is recommended to avoid costly issues. Our Red Cap team is ready to provide you with an in-depth AC System Check to keep your home cool and comfortable. By taking the time to maintain your air conditioner regularly, you can help keep it running efficiently and save money on costly repairs in the future.

Run Your AC Properly



When it comes to running your air conditioner, there is a great benefit in keeping it running for longer periods of time. Running your air conditioner consistently throughout the day can save you money on your energy bill. This is because when you turn the air conditioner off, it has to work harder to cool the space when you turn it back on. The best way to determine when to run your AC is to assess the temperature of your home. As the summer months approach, if the inside of your home is hotter than the outside temperature, it may be time to turn on your AC and keep it running during the heat and humidity. To help conserve energy and save money, you should set the temperature at the highest comfortable level. Your air conditioner will still cool the space while using less energy.

Keeping the Area Around Your AC Unit Clear



When it comes to getting the most out of your air conditioner this summer, one of the most important things you can do is keep the area around your AC unit clear. This means ensuring that there is nothing near the unit that could keep it from running at its peak. This includes landscaping features such as bushes, trees, or other greenery that are planted too close as well as any pool toys, garden hoses, and other miscellaneous items. If you have to use plants to block the sun and keep your outdoor unit cool, make sure they are spaced far enough away so they don’t impede the flow of air. Blocking the unit in any way can significantly reduce its efficiency, which can lead to an increase in your energy bills and reduced life expectancy. It’s also important to make sure that any outdoor units are free from debris like leaves, sticks, or grass clippings. This can reduce the flow of air over the condenser coils which will reduce the cooling capacity of your system. Make sure to inspect the area around your unit frequently and use a leaf blower or broom to remove any debris that may have been collected. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your air conditioner is running at its peak performance this summer. Not only will this help you save money on energy bills but it will also prolong the life of your system.

Keeping Your AC Unit Level



One of the most important aspects of ensuring that your air conditioner is running efficiently and reliably is keeping it level. An AC unit needs to be level in order to ensure proper drainage, as well as allow for proper airflow. This helps to prevent the buildup of dust and dirt, which can severely reduce efficiency and create potential issues with your air conditioning system. If your air conditioner is not level, then it can cause problems with how it operates, such as an uneven distribution of cool air or increased noise levels. Additionally, an unlevel air conditioner can cause the system to vibrate and become noisy, as well as cause unnecessary wear on components. If you notice that your AC unit is no longer level, there are a few steps you can take to address this. First, check for any loose bolts or screws that may need to be tightened. It may also help to clear any debris or dirt from around the base of the unit, as this can sometimes cause the unit to become unleveled. If you find that your AC unit still won’t stay level, then it may be time to call in a professional HVAC technician. They will be able to assess the issue and make the necessary adjustments to get your air conditioner running at optimal levels once again.

The Tampa heat is not for the weak. Ensuring that your AC unit is tuned up, maintained, and ready to go before it arrives is the best way to beat it. Our Red Cap Family is here to assist you in keeping your system running smoothly all season long.

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