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How To Prepare Your Home and Air Conditioner for the Florida Summer

March 22, 2012

Winter was over before it ever began in Florida and summer is already on our doorstep. The higher temperatures mean you have either already started using your cooling system to keep your home comfortable or you will soon.

With that in mind, we want to make sure your air conditioner or heat pump is ready for its increased workload. Here are seven ways to prepare your home and cooling system for the higher summer temperatures.

Check attic insulation

Spring is a great time to check the insulation level in your attic to ensure maximum cooling efficiency this summer. For the state of Florida, the EPA recommends insulation rated R30 to R45 in your attic. If you have less than 10 inches of insulation, you could save hundreds of dollars each year on energy bills by increasing your insulation.

Seal air leaks

Increase the efficiency of your air conditioner or heat pump by taking the time to seal air leaks in your home. Caulk around doors and windows, replace deteriorating weather stripping and seal around exterior electrical outlets and plumbing fixtures.

Check your filter

Before turning on your air conditioner or heat pump this summer, check your air filter. Dirty air filters restrict airflow and make your cooling system operate less efficiently. Most filters should be checked at least once a month and replaced when visibly dirty. We have a wide selection of air filters you can order online.

Turn your thermostat to “cool”

This may seem obvious, but many homeowners neglect this simple step. Lowering the temperature on your thermostat won’t turn on your air conditioner or heat pump unless it is moved from “heat” to “cool”.

Clear the area around your A/C or heat pump

On the outdoor condensing unit, clear the area of debris like leaves and dead grass. It is also a good idea to trim back any foliage near the unit to ensure adequate airflow.

Check the drain line

Your cooling system will need to drain excess moisture when operating. To check the drain line, look for water running out of your outside drain while your A/C or heat pump is running. If you don’t see any water, it may be a sign of a clogged drain line.

Get a tune-up from an air conditioning professional

Regular maintenance on your A/C and heat pump keeps your system running efficiently. An air conditioning professional tune-up will check that your refrigerant is at the correct level and electrical and mechanical components are operating properly.

Cool Today has been serving the Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Pinellas, and southern Hillsborough counties since 1963. Schedule your air conditioner or heat pump maintenance online.

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