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How to Make Your A/C Colder All Summer Long

The Tarrant County cooling season is long and hot, and your air conditioner works hard to keep you comfortable. There are several things you can do to take a load off of your system and help it cool you more efficiently and effectively. These tips on how to make the A/C colder not only will improve you comfort level as the temperatures rise, but will also help lower your cooling costs this summer.

Maintain Your System

  • If you haven’t already scheduled your annual preventive maintenance, it’s not too late to benefit from a comprehensive tune-up. Your HVAC technician will perform a number of essential tasks, including removing dust buildup from your system, inspecting the wiring, and measuring the refrigerant level for optimum cooling and efficiency.
  • Check your air filter every month and replace it with a quality filter when it’s dirty. A clean air filter will ensure optimum airflow and prevent dust from entering your system.
  • Spray down your outdoor unit every month. Debris such as grass clippings and airborne plant material can inhibit airflow and heat exchange, making your system work harder to keep you cool.
  • Seal loose joints and cracks in your ductwork with mastic sealant or metal tape. The typical home loses up to 40 percent of conditioned air through leaky ducts.

Keep the Heat Out

  • Seal air leaks in your home to keep cool air in and warm air out (and vice versa in the winter). Caulk around stationary parts of windows and doors, and apply weatherstripping between movable parts. Use expandable caulk to seal gaps around pipes and vents that protrude through exterior walls.
  • Keep your shades closed during the day to combat heat gain.
  • Avoid using heat-generating appliances during the day.

Stay Cool

  • Use your ceiling fans to help you feel cooler.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to maintain comfortable temperatures while you’re at home and energy-saving temperatures when you’re away, saving you money and reducing wear on your system.

For more expert advice about how to make your A/C colder, please contact us at Airwise Heating & Air Conditioning, dedicated to the year round comfort of Fort Worth area residents.