Heat Awareness Week Highlights Critical Role of Air Conditioning

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Heat Awareness Week Highlights Critical Role of Air Conditioning
 

 

(PHOENIX)– To highlight the dangers of extreme heat and promote healthGovernor Doug Ducey has declared May 23 – 27 as Heat Awareness WeekWithout a properly working AC system, summer can be not only unbearable, but potentially life threatening. The experts at family-owned Donley AC & Plumbing are sharing the most common AC problems and steps to take now to avoid a July meltdown.

Most common AC issues:

Noises

• Loose parts, a broken belt, and a dying compressor can lead to banging, grinding and squealing sounds. The sooner you catch and repair, the better.

Keeps Running

• If it seems your AC runs a lot, but your home isn’t that cool it could be a sign that your unit is nearing a breakdown.

High Electric Bills

• Exceptionally high bills can be a key indicator of AC trouble.
• Clogged filters and a damaged compressor can force the AC to work overtime and struggle to produce cold air.

Although the Environmental Protection Agency says the average air conditioner lasts 15 to 20 years, in Arizona we generally experience a shorter life span – closer to 12 to 15 years. Regardless of age, properly maintained units that are checked annually by qualified technicians last the longest and run the most efficiently during our summers.

Get your AC ready by:

Changing the air filter

• Our dry, dusty climate can quickly clog your filter, which can lead to higher energy bills and more repairs. During AC season, it’s a good idea to clean or replace your filter every month.

Hosing down the compressor outside

• Our winter rain and winds can bring debris and mud. If it gets caught in the compressor it can affect the efficiency of the AC unit.

Checking insulation and airflow

• Make sure the airflow from your AC unit through your ducts is free of obstruction.

To save energy and money, Donley recommends: 

Sealing Leaks

• The fastest way to save money is to use caulk or weather-stripping on your doors and windows.  Not only will it cut energy costs but it will help keep out dust.

Covering Windows

• Keep blinds and drapes closed and install sunscreens to keep the heat out.

Running ceiling fans counter-clockwise

• During summer your fan’s blades should rotate counter-clockwise to blow air downward. And turn them off when no one’s in the room. 
• Use bathroom fans while showering to reduce humidity and heat.

Moving Lamps

• Avoid placing lamps, TV’s and appliances too close to thermostats because they can pick up the heat. 

Setting and forgetting

• You won’t conserve energy by constantly changing the thermostat. Set it at the highest comfortable level and leave it. Or, try a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust for times you are away and sleeping. Note: Keep your set back point 4 degrees or less when setting a programmable thermostat.  

Opening doors

• Keep doors inside you home open for consistent air pressure. Closing doors can make the AC work harder. 

 

About Donley AC & Plumbing

Jim and Mike Donley and their employees have been providing honest, caring service to Arizonans since 1976. Family-owned Donley AC & Plumbing has twice been honored with the Better Business Bureau’s Ethics Award. Donley technicians receive ongoing training to provide the most comprehensive service for air conditioning, plumbing, heating, sewer repair, maintenance management and solar hot water.  www.donleyservice.com


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