While we haven’t seen much of the Monsoon yet, we are still anticipating the annual return of higher humidity, heavy rain and dust storms. The experts at Donley AC & Plumbing are sharing ways to protect your A/C during the monsoon.
During a storm
- To prevent dirt from being pulled into the system, consider turning off the A/C when a dust storm rolls over your home.
- To avoid compressor damage during a power outage, turn off the A/C and wait at least five minutes before turning back on after power is restored.
- Monthly changes are critical. Think about doing it each time you get your electric bill.
- A dirty filter can increase your bill 5-10%.
- A dirty filter allows more contaminants inside your house.
Clean Your Coil
- Storms can leave your outdoor unit covered in dirt, which can make the unit run hotter and use more electricity.
- Have your coil regularly washed by a professional, especially during the monsoon season.
Check Your Roof and Ductwork
- If you have a rooftop unit, be sure it’s properly secured to withstand high winds. Consider installing a hail guard.
- Make sure ductwork is sealed properly to prevent dust and dirt from entering your home.
Invest in a surge protector
- A power strip will only protect from minor fluctuations while an in-house surge protector can handle major surges caused by storms.
How to get the most out of your A/C:
- Keep blinds and drapes closed.
- Ceiling fans will help you feel cooler, but turn them off when no one’s in the room to save energy.
- Avoid using your stovetop or oven during the day.
- Thermostats can pick up the heat from lamps, TV’s and appliances.
- Planting shrubs or trees can provide shade to the a/c unit, which leads to less electricity being used. But not too close or you’ll restrict airflow. Make sure the area is free of leaves, weeds and debris.
- You won’t conserve energy by constantly changing the thermostat. Set it at the highest comfortable level and forget it. Or, try a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust for times you are away and sleeping.
- For every degree you set your thermometer above 80, you can save about 2-3% on cooling costs, according to SRP.