As we approach the summer season here in the sunshine state, it’s no secret that the weather is going to intensify. With higher temperatures, increased humidity and frequent thunderstorms looming around the corner, now is the time to make sure that none of these weather-related factors will have a negative impact on your air conditioning unit.
Here are a few potential repair scenarios you may encounter during the dog days of summer:
When the mercury is climbing outside and just walking from the driveway to the garage becomes a sweaty endeavor, it can be tempting to ratchet down the air conditioning temperature in your home. Unfortunately, the lower the temperature, the higher your energy bill will be at the end of the month.
One helpful way to cut down on energy costs is by programming your thermostat. Many AC units, whether they’re residential or commercial grade, have two different fan settings: ON or AUTO.
The ON setting will keep the fan running and air flowing around the clock. This can drive up your utility costs and sometimes place added stress on your AC unit, increasing your need for potential maintenance or repair. The AUTO setting on your thermostat ensures that once your desired temperature is reached, the unit will turn off automatically. Once the temperature increases past the number you’ve programmed into your thermostat, the unit will turn on once again until the desired temperature is reached. This is a simple, cost-effective, energy efficient way to save money during the summer months.
Overworking Your Unit
This is the portion of the blog where common sense definitely applies. Perhaps you own your own business and you don’t have the luxury of shutting down your AC unit at the end of the work day. Maybe your employees have complained that the office is too hot when they arrive on Monday morning. Either way, it’s your responsibility to find a solution and to keep your employees happy and comfortable in their workspace.
Being that you’re a good boss, you’re going to do everything you can to keep everyone calm, cool and productive. However, you don’t want to over-extend your budget.
Most commercial air conditioning units have a programmable thermostat which allows you to create a cooling schedule based on your hours of operation. This gives you 100% control of your AC unit’s running time and is a surefire way to reduce the cost of energy and repair.
For example, if your doors are open from 9am – 5pm, giving your unit an hour or two head start will provide ample time to thoroughly cool the space before you open for business.
The best insurance you can possibly have during the sweltering summer months is a reliable maintenance plan. At Gator Air and Energy, we provide multiple HVAC repair services that are guaranteed to keep you cool all summer long. Call today to receive more information and helpful air conditioning tips @ 352-275-4827 or send us a message on our website.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you!