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AC Maintenance Tips to Make It Through the Florida Heat

dirty AC unit in need of maintenance

There’s nothing like summer in Tampa, with our endless days in the sun, picnics on the Bay, and weekend barbecues with friends and family. But it’s not all fun and games. Let’s face it- Florida heat is brutal this time of year. If your AC suddenly gives out, you’re in for a rough ride. 


The good news is that by taking care of your HVAC system throughout the year, you can ensure your home stays comfortable and cool throughout the season. Keep reading for our maintenance guide! 



1. Schedule Maintenance  


If you haven’t already, it’s time to hire a reliable AC company to inspect and clean your system. A licensed HVAC professional can diagnose potential problems before they turn into disasters.  


2. Clean or Change Your Filters  


One of the simplest ways to keep your AC system properly functioning is to regularly change or clean your filters. This will maintain optimal air quality so that dust, debris, and other allergens won’t disrupt your daily life. 


Pro Tip: Write the date on a disposable filter when you replace it so you can keep track of when to replace it.  


3. Clean Your Outdoor Unit


With summer (and hurricane season) right around the corner, make sure to clear the area surrounding any units. Be sure to remove: 


  • Debris 
  • Plants 
  • Tall grasses 
  • Weeds 


4. Seal Any Leaks 


If there are any cracks in your walls, doors, or windows, you’re basically letting money escape along with cool air! Your AC will have to work hard to compensate for this loss of cool air. This will increase your energy bill and cause more wear and tear on your unit. That could lead to damage that calls for expensive repairs!  


5. Let Your System Rest While You’re Gone


While we don’t recommend shutting your AC off completely, turn up the dial a few degrees warmer when you leave the house. This will give your unit a chance to rest. 


Expert Advice: Keep forgetting to make the adjustment? Install a Honeywell Home Programmable Thermostat! Set the settings of your AC system, no matter where or when you are. 


6. Use Fans


Using clockwise rotating ceiling fans will pull air downward to prevent hot air from rising and triggering your AC. This will let you raise your thermostat a few degrees. 


7. Tint Your Windows


Installing window tints or film can lower the heating impact of the sun. If you have large, south-facing windows, your AC unit will thank you for deflecting some of those intense rays.  


8. Protect Your Unit with a Warranty


Proper maintenance and preparation can absolutely help prevent your AC from faltering in the high heat of summer, but sometimes things are simply out of your control. Our warranties guarantee that your AC investments weren’t for nothing. 


My AC Stopped Working! > What to Do 


Call ACHV Services to Prepare for the Summer 


Even if your AC is running its best, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection before the peak busy season when HVAC systems are failing left and right. Call our licensed technicians at (727) 453-2432 today to book your service! 

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