How to Keep Your AC From Breaking Down During a Heat Wave

Ceiling fan spinning in home.

Summer is in full swing, and the heat is unbearable! While you may feel that cranking your AC up to full blast is the only way to stay cool during a heat wave, that's a good way to break your system. By taking some simple precautions, you can keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long.

If you want to make sure your air conditioner doesn't break down during a heat wave, then follow these tips.

Tips to Prevent an AC Breakdown

Keep it Clean

It's important to keep your AC clean because a dirty system has to work harder to cool your home. This puts a lot of strain on the system and can cause it to break down during a heat wave. To avoid this, clean your air conditioner regularly. You can do this yourself or hire a professional. Either way, make sure you clean your AC before a heat wave hits.

Get it Serviced

South Carolina and Georgia are prone to heat waves, so it is always a good idea to have your air conditioner serviced by a professional before the heat really intensifies in the summer. This way, you can be sure that your system is running properly and won't break down when you need it the most.

Utilize Fans

While you may think it's pointless to run fans and your air conditioner at the same time, this actually isn't true. Ceiling fans and portable fans can help circulate the cool air from your AC, making your home more comfortable without putting as much strain on your AC unit. If you have a ceiling fan, make sure to use it along with your air conditioner – most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to change the direction of the blades, so be sure to set it to counterclockwise. This will create a wind chill effect that will make you feel cooler without actually changing the temperature of the room.

Taking these steps will help you keep your air conditioner running smoothly during a heat wave. With a little bit of preparation, you can avoid a breakdown and stay cool all summer long. So don't wait until the heat wave hits to take care of your AC - make sure it's in good shape before the hot weather arrives.

A Team You Can Trust

Are you looking to get your AC serviced, or has a heat wave caused your system to give out? The team at Dyess Air & Plumbing has got your back! Call (843) 242-0855 or contact us online for all your HVAC needs.

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