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How to Prevent an HVAC Emergency In the Middle of a Summer Heat Wave

When it reaches 91* F outside, you're at risk of heat exhaustion. If you don't find a way to cool down, it will lead to heatstroke. Heatstroke causes fatal brain and organ damage. The best way to stay safe from heat-related illness is to sit inside a cool building. But what happens when the heatwave hits and your HVAC can't keep up?

To avoid this situation, take care of your HVAC's needs before the heatwave arrives. 

Are you unsure how to keep your HVAC unit running reliably? Here are a few easy tips to prevent a summertime HVAC emergency.

Don't Ignore Your Old HVAC Unit

The lifespan of the average HVAC unit is 15-20 years. Some energy-efficient models may last 25 years. 

The lifespan of your HVAC unit depends on:

  • How often the unit runs
  • How the HVAC unit was installed
  • How often an HVAC professional performs maintenance
  • The climate of your town

Homeowners in hot regions depend on their HVAC units. Summers without them pose serious health hazards.

All that heat takes a toll on your HVAC unit. If your unit is over 10 years old, start saving up to replace it soon.

Clean the Filter

Filters catch airborne debris to help purify the air inside your home. They gather dust and stuff like pet hair quickly.

Set a reminder on your calendar to check the filter every three months. If it is dirty, change it out for a new filter.

Dirty filters reduce airflow for your HVAC unit, forcing it to work harder. Your energy bill will go up if the filter isn't changed on time.

Avoid Overusing Your HVAC

No one likes to deal with the heat when it reaches anything over 90* F before noon. That doesn't mean you should abuse your HVAC unit by setting it to 65* F or lower.

The unit will run non-stop to keep up with the demand for cool air. It puts stress on the HVAC unit's internal parts. In time something will wear out and need a repair or replacement.

Set the thermostat for 78* F to keep your home comfortable and your bill reasonable.

Schedule Annual Maintenance in the Spring

Summertime is the busiest time of the year for HVAC emergency repair teams. If you want to ensure your HVAC unit doesn't add to the strain, think ahead. Schedule a maintenance appointment for late March or early April.

During the visit, the technician will inspect the unit. They'll clean out any dirt and debris clogging the system. If the technician spots necessary repairs, they'll fix those, as well.

Don't forget to ask the technician to check the air ducts, as well. Ducts degrade over time because of the extreme temperature changes. Pests like mice love to tear open ducts to stay cool in the heat.

Preventing an HVAC Emergency is Easy

Don't get caught by surprise this summer on this first hot week of a long summer. You want to keep your family safe indoors where there's a working HVAC unit.

Stop an unwanted HVAC emergency in its tracks with preventative maintenance. You'll be thankful when you're comfortable inside this summer.

Contact Sun Air Services to schedule a maintenance appointment. We offer 24/7 emergency services.


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