Keeping your HVAC Humming this Summer

Summer is a wonderful season, full of long, slow days and beautiful weather. It can get remarkably hot, though, and if your air conditioner fails at the height of summer, things can get miserable pretty quickly. How do you make sure your HVAC keeps its cool all summer long? We’ve got some tips that will help.  

  • Keep your filters clean. Most HVAC filters need to be replaced every one to three months. Some are reusable and should be washed regularly. Acquaint yourself with your system’s filters, and keep them clean, so that your air conditioner can run more efficiently and keep your home cooler, with better indoor air quality.  
  • Close your doors and windows. Your air conditioner works by pulling in warm air from your home, running it over a refrigerant, and then blowing the cooled air back into the rooms and expelling the heat from the house. That’s why it’s really important to keep your exterior windows and doors closed so that the heat that was just expelled doesn’t come right back into the house. Interior doors should be closed too, as should vents in rooms you’re not using. When you close the vents and doors of unoccupied rooms, your air conditioner doesn’t have to cool as much air.  
  • Adjust your thermostat. When no one is home, bump the thermostat up by a few degrees. This will give your system a well-deserved break, and will also save money on energy bills. Want to make adjusting your thermostat really simple? Consider a programmable thermostat, so you can “set it and forget it.” 
  • Use your fans. Using ceiling fans circulates the cool air, making your home feel cooler, faster. Just remember, the fan cools the people, not the room, so turn fans off when you leave the room.  
  • Regulate your home’s humidity. Heat is going to feel hotter if the air has too much moisture. A dehumidifier can help your air conditioner run more efficiently and make your home feel up to ten degrees cooler.  
  • Call in a professional. The best way to make sure your HVAC stays in top form throughout the summer? Have a professional come to do routine maintenance at the beginning of the season. This way, any issues with your system can be detected early, before they turn into costly problems that shut down your air conditioning just when you need it most.  

If it’s time for HVAC maintenance or repair, trust Albert Nahman to get the job done right. At Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating, we are passionate in our pursuit of safety, professionalism, and excellence in caring for our customers, co-workers, and community. That’s why this family-owned business has been around for 30 years, consistently delivering the customer satisfaction that’s earned us our superb reputation. A full-service plumbing company, we provide a wide range of services which include expert repairs to existing plumbing, water, gas, and sewage systems, copper piping, water main replacements, trenchless sewer replacements, and water heater installations. We also provide renovation services for kitchens, baths, and laundry rooms, to update the design or upgrade the energy efficiency. Contact us through our website or call 510-843-6904 for more information on all we can do for you.  

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