6 Ways to Reduce Stress on Your HVAC System this Summer

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When it comes to performance, summertime truly puts the heat on HVAC systems to keep homes cool. But did you know that everyday things you do could put extra strain on your system? Small things like opening and closing doors frequently, having drafty windows, or not changing your air filter regularly can lead to HVAC breakdowns and expensive repairs.

At Robison, we want to make sure homeowners throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties are comfortable and cool all summer long. That’s why we’re offering some handy tips to reduce stress on your HVAC system to help keep it running smoothly. And that starts with reducing its workload:

  1. Get a programmable thermostat: This type of thermostat allows different temperature settings to automatically regulate the HVAC system at preset times established by the homeowner.
  2. Improve insulation: Some of the energy used to cool down the house is often wasted when there is improper insulation and leaks are present. Proper insulation in walls and ceilings helps maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house.

  3. Keep the indoor heat down: Keep window blinds, curtains and windows closed during the day. Also avoid using heat-generating appliances during the day, such as the oven, stove, or washing machine. (Save those activities for evenings when it’s cooler.)

  4. Regularly replace air filters: Changing your air filter is probably the easiest, but most often missed a step to reducing strain on your HVAC system. Between service visits, check the air filter at least once a month. A clogged filter significantly reduces efficiency and makes your system work harder, shortening its lifespan. Also, keep the outdoor condenser unit free of leaves and other debris.

  5. Seal and insulate air ducts: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, as much as 40 percent of the energy typically used for cooling is wasted in poorly sealed and insulated ductwork. By having the professionals at Robison seal and insulate your air ducts, your system will operate more efficiently, reducing your energy costs.

  6. Call for Robison for inspections twice a year: Routine maintenance is the key to extending the life of an HVAC system. Our specialists will inspect and clean the coils, change the air filter, look for any signs of impending trouble and address them before they become major problems.

With Robison, Your HVAC System Will Have It Made in the Shade!

Robison is your trusted source for everything related to home comfort. We provide complete HVAC services to homeowners in Westchester and Putnam including air conditioning, air cleaners, high or low humidity, drafts, system balancing, and more. For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, Contact Us or call (914) 345-5700.

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