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Long Live Your AC: Top 3 Ways for Florida Residents to Extend the Life of Their HVAC Systems

Air conditioning is an amenity important to pretty much everyone in the US during the summer months, but for those of us in Florida, AC is a vital part of life year-round. Our temps stay in the 80s range for almost all 12 months of the year, so if/when it goes out, it’s a huge ordeal for everyone in the home/business. Because of the continual use, AC units tend to have a shorter life span in Florida if not cared for properly, and while we can’t guarantee just how long your own system will run, we can guarantee that these tips will help keep your AC system in top shape, and that will help it run better for longer.

Try these 3 tips to give your AC a boost this summer:

  • Give it a rest! Literally. We mean give you AC unit a little time to rest here and there. Great ways to do this are to turn your system down when you’ll be out of town, or at night when the air is naturally cooler. By moving your thermostat 5-10 degrees, you can make sure your system is not running all day, every day, and therefore will give it a break. Also, if the air is cooler on a given day, try turning the system off completely for a period of time and use fans or open windows to help allow cooler air into your home.

  • Allow it to breathe. By breathe, we mean circulate air. Your AC’s job is to circulate cool air throughout your home. If you have furniture, clutter, or anything else blocking the air vents throughout your home, you’re making your AC work harder, and longer, to cool down the home to the desired temperature set with the thermostat. Keep interior doors open, vents free and open to the surrounding room, and curtains closed during the heat of the day to encourage cool air to circulate.

  • Clean and maintain. This is a huge point to remember. Just like your car, your health, or anything else of importance, regular “maintenance” and checkups are key. Having a routine tune-up and cleaning done of your AC system and ductwork is the best way to ensure that everything is working well, and to make any needed repairs in a timely manner to avoid more damage. A clean system is a more efficient system,a and that will extend the life of your HVAC system as a whole.

Polk County residents trust Ridge Energy Savers to take care of their HVAC needs, with our full-service options including cleaning and maintenance of AC systems, repair of units, and replacement (purchase AND installation) of new HVAC setups. We are proud to be local residents and consider it an honor to serve our friends and neighbors with the best in customer service and products. Give us a call for a quote!

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