It’s summer in North Texas, and you know what that means, right? It is HOT outside! It is so important to make sure your air conditioning unit is functioning properly so that you can stay cool and comfortable despite the soaring temps. In today’s video I’ll be sharing some tips with you to make sure your air conditioner runs efficiently for you all summer long.

First off, start with your filter. It needs to be changed frequently so that the unit runs as efficiently as possible. A dirty filter will cause your air conditioner to work harder and increase the potential for break downs. That’s not what you want! Changing your air filter is a simple fix that will allow things to run better and more efficiently. You’ll stay cooler and maybe even save some money. 

Next, let’s talk about the outside unit. That big square thing on the side of your house is called the condenser. You’ll want to make sure to check that every so often to make sure it’s clear of debris or other items that are blocking the airflow. The airflow provides the way for the heat to escape your house, and the cool air to fill it. Keeping the unit clear and flowing freely will help keep it running smoothly.

You also might want to consider having the unit serviced by a professional. They’ll be able to make sure you have the correct refrigerant and the proper amount as well as check for any leaks or other potential problems. It’s always a good idea to catch a problem before it starts then to realize it after your house has heated up beyond your comfort level.

One thing you might not realize is that your air conditioner is only able to regulate the temperature in your home within about 20 to 25 degrees of the outside temp. So, if it’s 100 degrees outside, it will be difficult to cool your home below 75 to 80 degrees. If you set your thermostat at 60, you risk freezing up the unit. Trust me, if it’s 100 plus outside, even 80 degrees in your home will feel comfortable. It’s all relative!

Be aware of excess amounts of liquid dripping out of pipes. It could signal a blockage or leak that you’ll want to get checked out. You might also notice ice or frost on pipes, which could be a problem. If they’re frozen, then they will need to be thawed so that the unit can work properly. 

You should also consider reducing the use of appliances that generate a lot of heat. If it’s a very hot day outside, it might not be a good time to slow cook a roast in your oven all day. You don’t want to counteract all the cool air your air conditioner is producing. 

Finally, remember sunlight produces heat. So, if you have windows getting a lot of direct sunlight, you might want to shut the curtains on that window to allow your home to stay cooler.

Using these strategies will allow you to keep your home cool all summer long. Are you still looking for that special place to call home? Give the Clayton Collins team a call today! We specialize in Fort Worth real estate and the surrounding areas. 

Stay cool, friends!