Here in the Temecula Valley, we live in a semi-arid desert. While we don’t necessarily see temperatures quite as high as they do in Palm Springs or Victorville, things can still heat up quite a bit. By July and August, temperatures can hit as high as 110 or even 115 degrees, and to combat the heat, we’d like to offer you some AC tips and tricks.
Here are just 5 AC tips for desert living that will keep you cool this summer.
1. Change your air filters frequently.
If you’ve read up on your HVAC maintenance tips before, you may already know that it’s important to regularly swap out your air filters. No matter where you live, your air filters help your air conditioning system to trap dust, keeping the air in your home clean.
On that note, for most places, it’s recommended to swap out your air filters every 90 days or so. However, for semi-air deserts and deserts, there’s often a greater amount of dust, which means your air filters can become clogged more quickly. This is problematic because clogged air filters can inhibit your air conditioner’s ability to function.
If you want to be proactive and ensure your air filters don’t become clogged, be sure to swap out your air filters at least every 90 days, if not every 45 days. In fact, if you have pets or any other factors that could increase the amount of dust or allergens in your home, swapping your air filters out every 45 days is recommended.
2. Make sure your AC has proper airflow.
In addition to swapping your air filters frequently, you’ll want to make sure that your AC maintains the proper airflow. When we say ‘proper airflow,’ we are referring to the amount of air coming out of your vents. In other words, if less air is coming from your vents than usual, that’s a sign that you may need to have your air conditioning system checked.
There are several reasons why your AC may not have the proper airflow, such as a dirty air filter (which we’ve already covered). Another cause of limited airflow may include dirt or debris blocking your outdoor condenser unit.
Whatever the issue may be, it’s important to investigate it as soon as possible. Allowing this issue to continue could result in your air conditioner ceasing to work entirely, which you certainly don’t want. To address this issue, we recommend contacting your local HVAC technician.
3. Keep your AC running.
When it’s extraordinarily hot outside and you’re constantly running your AC, you know that you’re probably running up your energy bill as well. This can make it tempting to turn off your air conditioning system to give your wallet a break. However, it’s actually better to keep your AC running.
The main reason why this is the case is because if you continue running your AC, it will be easier for your system to maintain your desired temperature. In contrast, consistently turning your AC on and off can actually cost you more money because your system will have to work harder to continue lowering the temperature of the house.
4. Schedule annual AC tune-ups.
In addition to keeping your AC running, it’s recommended to have an HVAC professional take a look at your air conditioner at least once a year. Just as your car does, your air conditioner will benefit from regular maintenance.
With the help of an AC tune-up, an HVAC technician can repair any internal components that may be getting worn down. This can prevent your system from breaking down at the times that you need it most, such as in the middle of the summer.
Thinking of getting an AC-tuneup? You can learn more about AC tune-ups by reading our article: What Does an AC Tune-Up Include?
5. Consider installing a high-efficiency air conditioner.
Perhaps one of the great AC tips we can offer is to consider upgrading your air conditioning system to a high-efficiency one. When you live in an area that requires you to consistently run your AC, a high-efficiency air conditioner will not only keep your house cool but will save you money on your energy bill.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by installing a new, high-efficiency air conditioner, you can “save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs.” And when your air conditioner makes up a significant portion of your energy bill, installing a new one can greatly reduce your monthly energy bill.
Find out more about high-efficiency air conditioners by reading our article: What Makes a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner?
Looking for AC Repair or an HVAC System Replacement?
We hope that this article helped to provide you with some useful AC tips for desert living. When you live in hot areas, like Murrieta, your air conditioner plays an important role in keeping you and your family comfortable. In this way, you may want to consider incorporating these tips into your daily life.
With this in mind, if you are in need of an AC repair or an HVAC system replacement, look no further. At Edge Heating and Air, we’ve been providing customers in the Temecula Valley and surrounding areas with AC repair and more for over 15+ years.
To get your AC back on track, call (951) 304-9658 or contact us online.