Create a Breeze
With the air circulating, you'll feel like a room's temperature has dropped up to 8°F.
- Use a portable fan in conjunction with your AC to move air without greatly increasing your power use (it'll even save money, because you can comfortably set the thermostat a few degrees higher).
- Be smart about ceiling fans. Since they don't actually cool — you need to be in their path to get the benefits — turn off all fans when you're heading out to avoid wasting energy. If you're buying a new ceiling fan, make sure it's sized right for your room (the fan's box should list its specs).
What to do if your AC breaks down
If your AC unit quits working or the air coming out feels warm:
- Turn the AC OFF! I know it seems ridiculous to ask you to turn the system off when it is so hot outside, but it WILL save you money! Running an AC unit that is not functioning correctly can cause additional parts to fail. Also, if the system is frozen the technicians cannot work on the unit until it is unfrozen. The sooner the system is shut down the better off you will be.
- Check your filter. Your AC system does require a clean filter in order to run. Be sure to check and replace or clean your filter on a regular basis. Changeable filters should be replaced every month or so depending on the number of people and animals you have in the home. The higher quality filters should be checked every month. Just because the package says 3 to 6 months doesn’t mean it will last that long in your home.
- Check your breaker. If there has been a power outage or surge, the breaker to your system may have tripped. Reset the breaker and give the system about 10 minutes to restart. Some systems have a built in time delay when the system has been shut down. If the system continues to trip the breaker, give us a call you may have problems within the unit that is causing the breaker to trip.
- Is your power company implementing load control? Some areas may be affected by the power company’s load control when temperatures sore and power usage becomes extremely high. In those situations, your unit will not run due to the load control. If you’re not sure whether your home has a load control on it, contact your power company.
- Call Your HVAC Company! Don’t wait to see if your AC unit will start working again! Call (980-235-0055) or email us right away to schedule a repair call. The longer you wait, the higher the risk that more people could fill up the schedule causing you to wait longer!
What to do to stay cool until the repair man gets there:
- Turn the fan on your thermostat to the ON position. Every thermostat has a fan button. This just controls the blower portion of the AC. When in the ON position, it will help to circulate air through the home. It will not provide cold air, but moving air will make a difference.
- Be sure your curtains and blinds are closed. This can lower the temperature by limiting the amount of sunlight entering the home.
- Raise windows at night. If the temperature outside is at least 3˚ cooler than the indoor temperature, raising windows will help!
- The ultimate chill-out: As we said a couple days ago, get wet. A cool bath or shower with water around 75°F (lukewarm) will chill you out 25 times faster than a blast of cold air.
Give us a try! Please call or contact us to schedule an appointment or just get additional information. We are happy to help!
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