If you are one of the many seasonal residents in Florida, you know that hot, humid conditions can cause damage to your property. The efficient operation of your air conditioning system can prevent mold and mildew problems that can destroy construction materials and cause odor problems. Here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure that your air conditioning system is functioning well, so your Florida stay will be pleasant and enjoyable.
Have Your AC System Checked
Seasonal residents should have a reputable HVAC contractor come in to inspect and tune the air-conditioning system upon your arrival to take care of any problems that may have developed while you were away. A thorough inspection will include:
– Cleaning of the blower wheel and coil
– Adjusting tension on the belts
– Check correct operation of the thermostat
– Inspection of electrical connections
– Checking motor operation
– Cleaning of the condensation pipe and pan
– Check refrigerant levels
Change Your Air Filter
Air conditioning experts recommend that you change your HVAC filter monthly to ensure the most efficient operation of your system. Your HVAC filter may have collected a significant amount of dirt and dust over the summer months. Change your filter immediately after you arrive and on a monthly or bi-monthly basis to ensure the most efficient operation and lower energy costs.
Set Your System to the Right Temperature
Mold and mildew caused by heat and humidity are a constant problem for Florida homeowners. You can reduce the growth of mold by ensuring that your air conditioning system runs at least two hours each day. Experts recommend that you set your non-programmable thermostat to 80 degrees for a single-family home, or 77 degrees for a condominium, at the minimum. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to 72 degrees for two hours before sunrise and to 88 degrees for the rest of the day. This will provide the maximum mold prevention, even when the weather is cool and pleasant, and it will also help to keep your energy bills low. You might also consider using a portable dehumidifier instead of relying on the AC.
Check Seals on Doors and Windows
You can lose a significant amount of cool air through small cracks in the weather stripping around doors and windows. This loss can add additional cost to your energy bills. When you arrive, check to see that all seals are in good condition to hold out the warm, moist air and hold in cooler air.
Seasonal Florida Resident? Contact Blair’s Air Conditioning
The experienced and knowledgeable technicians at Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating can ensure that your system is functioning well, whether you are in the state or away. A trusted name since 1974, let Blair Air Conditioning & Heating take away the worry about your air conditioning system.