Summer has been in full swing for a while now, but it must be noted that the first official day of summer was June 20. This means, we have plenty of hot summer days coming our way here in the Midwest. Hot summer weather is great for baseball, swimming and barbecues, but it can take a heavy toll on your home’s HVAC system. Fortunately, today’s HVAC equipment is built for a heavy workload, but an extra hot summer means taking seasonal maintenance seriously.
SUMMER HEAT IMPACT
As the summer continues to heat up, your friends at Masters Heating & Cooling are ready to handle all the HVAC needs of our customers in the Fort Wayne, Decatur, Angola, Indianapolis, Greenwood and Mishawaka, IN communities. First, let’s take a look at how the summer weather affects your system:
- Heat. In the simplest terms, an air conditioner is a heat-exchanging unit. It transfers hot air from inside the house and it cools the outside hot air that comes into the house. On really hot days, this means that there is more hot air both inside and out and results in your air conditioner working twice as hard.
- Humidity. Summer heat means increased humidity as well. Because controlling humidity levels is a crucial function of your system, higher humidity means your system will have to run longer and work harder to remove the moisture from your home.
- Equipment. Like we said earlier, your HVAC equipment is built to work hard and – in the case of your air conditioner’s outdoor unit – handle the elements. But, over time, the wear and tear will begin to show and such components as coils and fins will need attention.
SUMMER HVAC MAINTENANCE
All of the effects of summer weather we talked about above will have more of a negative impact on your system if you don’t keep up on regular maintenance. Here are some summer HVAC maintenance tips that will help take care of your system during the dog days of summer:
- Change Air Filters. During the summer, air filters will become more dirty and clogged up faster because the system runs more. A clean filter will improve air flow and relieve a little of the stress on the system.
- Clean Exterior AC Unit. Dirt, grass, leaves and other outdoor debris can accumulate around the outdoor unit and hamper coil operations. When you perform yard maintenance, add clearing debris away from the unit to the list.
- Install Dehumidifier. A whole home dehumidifier will help your system control the humidity levels in your home, which will not only help with your system’s workload, but also help keep your family healthy.
- Inspect Condensate Drain Pipes. Make sure they are clear and draining properly. Clogged condensate lines can hamper your system’s ability to remove moisture and excess moisture in the pipes can lead to leaks and water damage in your home.
These are just a few tips to help your HVAC system endure the hot summer months. Of course, you should also schedule a seasonal tune-up. Give us a call today and let our professionally-licensed HVAC techs give your system a thorough once-over. We will make any repairs or adjustments that your system needs and sniff out any potential problems. Enjoy the summer, friends and stay cool!