Richmond is seeing those high temperatures as summer is in full swing. This means an increased risk of heat exposure for you and your home.
An average of 153 people die from heat exposure in the United States each year in July alone. Extreme heat in a home can be dangerous for babies, the elderly, and people with certain medical conditions.
As the hot temperatures continue this summer, your HVAC system will work its hardest to keep up.
Short Pump Heating & Air wants to share some HOT tips on summer HVAC maintenance to keep you safe and cool this summer:
Check the filter: If you’re not changing your filter regularly, every one to three months for standard 1-inch filters, now is the time to check and change it. If you have pets or live in a dusty or polluted area, you might need to change them more often. If your filters and system have dust and debris buildup, it will be harder to cool your home and keep the air clean and safe.
Clean your outdoor unit: As the outdoor unit runs to heat or cool your home, air circulates through it. Over time, the coils get clogged and restrict the system’s cooling ability. Spray off your coils every season with a sprayer on a garden hose to eliminate some of the debris. It may need professional cleaning if it’s been a while or is exceptionally dirty.
Keep vents unobstructed: Ensuring your vents aren’t blocked by heavy furniture or carpets is essential to cooling efficiency. If the vent is blocked, it restricts airflow, and your home temperature won’t be regulated or cooled efficiently.
Ensure your system is draining water: Clogged drains are a common reason for service visits and your AC to stop cooling. It can also cause water damage in your home. Flush a gallon of water down your drain, and ensure it comes out the other end. It may need a professional drain cleaning if it’s draining slowly. Also, make sure any mulch or dirt is not covering your drain exit.
Check the accuracy of your thermostat: Sometimes, a broken thermostat is why your HVAC system isn’t working as it should. It might be unable to read the temperature in your home and thus fail to cool it off. Try resetting your thermostat, or if you’re still having issues, schedule a service with Short Pump Heating & Air to have a technician fix or replace it.
Do summer HVAC maintenance: Preventative HVAC maintenance can go a long way in keeping your system running when you need it most. Scheduling maintenance annually or semi-annually will ensure your home stays cool and runs efficiently this summer.
If you have issues with cooling your home or the system running properly, call Short Pump Heating & Air at 804-364-9040 to schedule service.