Summer AC Tips

Three Ways to Maximize Efficiency, Performance & Comfort in the Texas Heat

Three tips for your HVAC system going into the Texas summer? Easy: clean, clean and clean.

  1. Clean Filter – Your HVAC system will be running more and longer in most cases.  Starting with – and keeping – clean filters is imperative.  Try replacing 1” filters monthly, 2” filters quarterly, 4-5” filters semi-annually (with pets and kids) to annually (no pets or kids).  
  2. Clean Drainpipe – A clogged drain will either stop your system, drip through your secondary drain or flood the floor (hopefully not the latter).  Cleaning and then treating the drain before heavy-use season will help prevent these inconvenient events. Rather than bleach, try treating with pan tablets that dissolve over time and do not corrode metals. 
  3. Clean Condenser – A clean outdoor condensing unit will improve performance and efficiency. While you can DIY filter changes and drainpipe maintenance, it’s best to hire a professional to clean your condenser, as high voltage is present. This service typically includes washing the unit from the inside out with low pressure water to remove dirt. During this process, removing any bugs or foliage from or near the unit helps keep the electrical system operating properly.

All three of these items should be included with professional maintenance, but check with your service company of choice to confirm. 

Efficient AC, Electric & Plumbing, started in 1976 and still locally owned, is a highly rated provider of residential and commercial service, commercial construction and sheetmetal fabrication in greater Austin. 

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