When summer rolls around in Milton, Florida, your home’s air conditioning system has likely been running for several months already. The heat and humidity in the area can feel stifling, especially if your cooling system is struggling to keep up. Follow these tips to improve efficiency throughout the summer and all year long.

1. Use Window Coverings

When your windows are uncovered all day, the sun’s harsh rays will shine in and raise the indoor temperature. Give your air conditioner a break by keeping your windows covered with blinds or UV-blocking curtains, especially during the hottest part of the day. You can also invest in UV-filtering window film that may help with the heat if you forget to close your window coverings.

2. Regular Maintenance

Your heating and cooling system needs regular maintenance to operate at peak efficiency. If you haven’t been keeping up with this necessary service, contact one of our technicians to schedule a tuneup as soon as possible. During a tuneup, an HVAC technician will inspect the system, test the airflow, make sure it has enough refrigerant or fuel, and look for any concerning signs of wear or damage.

You can also perform some DIY maintenance to improve efficiency. Make sure to change the air filter every month or two to allow the air to flow more freely. A clean filter will also improve the indoor air quality in your home, so it’s well worth it. As you’re cleaning up the landscaping in your yard, pay attention to the outdoor air conditioning unit, as well. It needs plenty of space around it for proper airflow, so trim back any trees or shrubs that are growing too close. You may also need to remove any leaves, clippings, or other yard debris in the housing.

If you’ve implemented these tips and your air conditioning system is still struggling to operate efficiently, our team at Lunsford Air Conditioning & Heating can take a closer to find any available efficiencies or improvements. Contact us at 850-203-3200.

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