May 15 2015

Summer creates both excitement and challenges for residents of Columbus, GA. Although the time is perfect for enjoying some travel and outdoor activity, the heat can be sweltering. The cooling costs in the area tend to be more than twice the national average, and air quality issues like humidity can create additional challenges as you try to keep conditions in your home comfortable. However, the following five tips are excellent for ensuring that your air conditioner is ready when summer officially arrives.

1. Change and Monitor Your AC Filter

A dirty filter can increase your cooling energy usage by up to 15 percent. Start the season with a clean AC filter, and check the condition each month. Your filter keeps particles from settling on interior equipment, an area in which comfort and usage levels can easily be compromised.

2. Seal Air Leaks

Leaks can result in energy loss during the summer months, making it well worth the effort to check sealants around windows and doors. Caulk can be applied at window frames to fill any holes that might promote the loss of cooling energy and the absorption of heat. Weather stripping is helpful for leaky doors.

3. Update Your Window Treatments

By installing blinds or curtains that provide a barrier to heat at your windows, you can cut the heat gain in a room by up to 40 percent. Look for light colors that will reflect heat. Be sure that your material is installed as close to the glass as possible for the best results.

4. Clean Your Ceiling Fans

A ceiling fan can make a room feel cooler. However, it doesn’t change the actual temperature in a room. This means that fans should be turned off in vacant rooms. With consistent use of ceiling fans, you can keep energy needs down. Be sure that your fans are ready to supplement the work of your air conditioner.

5. Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance Service

Although many of the preceding tips don’t directly involve your air conditioner, these actions ensure that your air conditioner is ready to provide maximum comfort when the temperatures rise. Meanwhile, an air conditioning maintenance service visit is crucial for ensuring that your system is tuned up and ready for the season. Watley Heating & Air Conditioning can assist with a maintenance plan when you request air conditioning service online or at 706-561-6718.