You’ve probably experienced this one. Toronto is experiencing record heat and the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops operating completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our town, you grab the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and suffer with the heat until they arrive. While not all A/C problems can be prevented, here are a few tips that can be used to decrease the chance of this happening to you this summer.
Max-Out the Air Flow
For the A/C system to work correctly, you need to ensure the air is pulling through properly, including recirculating air from within your home. If the air flow is blocked in any way, it can result in trouble and repair costs. To guarantee great air flow, make sure to keep space around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes trimming back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Controlling the consumption of your indoor energy use is simple with a programmable thermostat. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.
Also, program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. While this action won’t prevent problems, it can help lower humidity in your Toronto area home. This can offer a more comfortable environment, as well as keep mold spores from developing in your home.
Keep Pests at Bay
Some bugs and pests are attracted to central air units, which can be detrimental if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the base of the unit to keep them from “bugging” your air conditioner.
The majority of outdoor A/C units are placed on a concrete slab or other platform, giving them a level base of operation. However, the weight of the unit and ground moisture can cause your unit’s platform to sag or sink, hindering the performance of the air conditioner. Every now and then, look at your outdoor component to confirm that the base continues to stay level.
Of course, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Make sure to schedule a check up before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. By following these simple tips, you may be able to avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.