As warmer weather arrives in Naperville, you may open the windows and let in some fresh air. However, once it reaches a certain temperature, you’re going to want to shut the windows and turn on the air conditioner. Once you do that, the inside of your house should cool down and stay at a comfortable temperature.
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case when it comes to your cooling system. If it seems like the warmer air is still finding its way inside, then your air conditioner may have to work harder throughout the summer. This can greatly decrease your cooling efficiency, and at G&R Heating and Air, we can provide maintenance and repairs to keep your AC running smoothly.
There are other steps you can take to enjoy better cooling efficiency this summer, and we’ll take a look at some of them in this post.
Check Your Windows
Opening the windows can be a great thing to do, especially during summer evenings when you can get a nice cross breeze blowing through the house. However, when you close the windows, it’s important to make sure no warm air is finding its way in through cracks or broken seals. If warm air is getting in, then cool air is finding its way out, which means your AC is working twice as hard to attain your desired interior temperature.
It’s a good idea to check the weatherstripping and seals around your windows and doors before turning on the air conditioner for the summer. Even the smallest opening can have a drastic effect on your HVAC system’s efficiency.
Check Your Ductwork
You have ductwork all throughout your home. It’s what carries the cool air from your AC unit to each room, and you can likely tell when one room is warmer or cooler than another. When this happens, it could be due to leaky ductwork. The cool air is never making it to the living room or bedroom because it’s leaking out of the ducts behind the walls and under the floors. This air can then escape outside or circulate in the unoccupied spaces in your house, doing no good when it comes to keeping your home cool.
At G&R, we can inspect your ductwork for leaks and loose connections, finding anywhere that air could be escaping. With repaired ducts, your cooling efficiency can increase dramatically, which can translate to lower energy costs throughout the summer. It’s always a good thing to have a comfortable home where you didn’t have to spend a lot in order to keep it cool!
Tune-Up and Maintenance
Your windows, doors, and ductwork might all be in great condition, with no leaks or cracks anywhere. If your air conditioner is still struggling to cool your home effectively, then it might be time for a standard tune-up. With regular maintenance, your AC can last much longer, and you can enjoy those lower energy bills during the summer months.
Our HVAC technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your cooling system, looking for any issues with moving parts, electronics, and more. If they find anything, they’ll inform you immediately and advise you on the best repair options. They’ll proceed once you’ve given your approval, and they’ll work quickly and diligently to get the job done.
Summer can be a great time in the Chicagoland area, but if you’re worried about your cooling system’s efficiency or your AC shutting down in the middle of a sweltering day, then please contact us right away. We can take care of any air conditioning issue, and your home will be cooling down once again before you know it.