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AC Assist: How to Take the Strain Off Your Air Conditioning System

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Your air conditioning system works hard to keep you comfortable. Don’t make it work any harder than it has to.

Taking some of the stress off of this critical appliance can help you avoid costly HVAC breakdowns and to extend the life of your system. A few simple steps will make a big difference in the performance of your air conditioning equipment and your overall comfort. Here are four proven ways to take some of the load off of your central air unit.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

During the summer months, set your ceiling fan to rotate counterclockwise to create a downdraft. The cooling wind effect can make a room feel eight degrees cooler. That means you can bump up the temperature on your thermostat without sacrificing your comfort.

Install Thermal Curtains

Thermal curtains and draperies are specifically designed to reduce the transfer of heat and cold through your windows. By creating an added barrier between the outdoors and your Texas home, your thermal curtains can ensure that you stay cool and comfortable indoors. Thermal curtains can also reduce the amount of work your air conditioning system must perform to keep things cool even on the hottest days of summer.

Set Your Thermostat Higher

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping your home thermostat at 78 degrees or higher during the summer months. This is the most cost-effective temperature, helping maintain adequate comfort while keeping your utility budget in check. Make this your thermostat’s setpoint, and leave it. Constantly tampering with your thermostat adds wear and tear to your AC system.

Change Your Air Filter

Changing your air filter regularly is one of the most important ways to keep your air conditioning system running smoothly. A clogged filter taxes your central air system, requiring it to run longer to reach your desired temperature. All that extra effort will be reflected in your energy bill. Replace your filter every 30 days to reduce your cooling costs by as much as 15%.

At Lex Air Conditioning and Heating, we are committed to providing the best services and solutions for our customers in Dallas, Frisco, Carrollton, and the surrounding communities. We work on all types of air conditioning systems and provide the AC repair options you need to keep your cool this summer.

Give us a call today at (972) 217-8955. to schedule an appointment with our team. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.