There are several steps you can take to keep your air conditioner in good shape.
If your air conditioner breaks down suddenly, you should immediately call up your HVAC company. Before you do this, find the model and serial number on both the outdoor and indoor units of your air conditioner. These details are generally found on a sticker at the back of the unit. Provide these details to the HVAC technicians when you make an appointment for a repair. It is better to get a quote from the HVAC company for your air conditioner repairs. Check if your system still has a warranty. This can help you save thousands of dollars on repair costs. You can also look for rebates, coupons, and tax rebates to save some money.
How To Keep the Heat at Bay When the Air Conditioner Is Broken
Close your windows during the day – During the day you can avoid heat by keeping the windows closed. You can use blinds, shades, and drapes to keep the hot sun light from entering your home.
Use fans wisely – Despite being highly useful during the summer, ceiling fans do not actually help in cooling your room. Ceiling fans create a breeze by moving the air around in your room. This makes you feel cooler. However, they do not lower the room temperature, so it is better to turn them off when you’re not using them.
Limit the use of heat-producing appliances and devices –The use of heat producing appliances like the refrigerator is inevitable, but you can limit heat emission inside your house by using a grill instead of the stove or oven to cook food. Washing and drying your clothes during the evening can also be a good idea. Lights also emit heat, so it is better to turn them off when you are not using them.
Add insulation – Proper insulation in areas like your crawl spaces, attic, and walls can be very useful during the summer. This keeps the cool air intact during the summer by preventing the air from leaking through cracks in the walls.
Plant trees – Trees provide shade and keep you comfortable during the summer. You can plant deciduous trees on the east and west sides of your house in order to protect yourself from direct sunlight during the summer. The trees will shed their leaves during the winter, so you can enjoy pleasant sunlight during winters.
Play outside – Don’t be a couch potato and go to the movies or raid a water park. Summers are meant for fun, and your air conditioner will be fixed before too long.
These simple tips can help you stay cool, before the HVAC technicians arrive and repair your air conditioner. Call Scott-Lee Heating Company at (314) 756-9444 for all your HVAC needs.
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