Oregon has already seen record-breaking temperatures this summer and the forecast is showing continued high temperatures for the coming weeks. Your air conditioning has already been put to the test; is it ready to withstand more heat? Here’s how to ensure your air conditioning doesn’t break down during record temperatures.

#1: Don’t neglect your annual AC tune-up.
This is the number one way you can reduce your chances of a system break down. During a tune-up, we will perform essential maintenance tasks, like cleaning or replacing your air filter, running an energy efficiency check, and making sure all the internal pieces are functioning as they should. We take time to closely inspect the system for any potential problems. If we spot anything, we will talk to you about it and make a plan to get it fixed. This really minimizes your risk of encountering problems when your air conditioning is working hard to keep up with the summer heat.

#2: Pay attention to your air filters.
Dirty air filters cause big problems for your air conditioning system. It is an issue that can be prevented! In short, dirty filters block the airflow of your system. This causes the machine to work harder than necessary, which can lead to increased utility bills and sometimes a complete system breakdown! Change or clean your filter every 1 to 2 months. It is easy to do and makes a huge difference.

#3: Don’t block air vents in your home.
Closing off vents in your home doesn’t save energy. In reality, this decreases the performance of your air conditioner. Keep all supply and return vents flowing, ensuring they are open and not blocked by furniture, drapes, or other objects.

#4: Use your ceiling fans and close your blinds.
Minimize the heat gain in your home by closing your curtains or blinds. In addition, set your ceiling fan to counterclockwise to keep things cool.

Most of all, keep in mind that even on the hottest days of the year, cranking your thermostat down won’t get things to cool faster. Your home will cool at the same rate, no matter how low you set your thermostat.

Contact our experienced team at Specialty Heating and Cooling today for help on getting your system repaired, tuned-up, or replaced! We have been serving clients around the Northwest for over three decades and look forward to getting your system working well so you can stay comfortable this summer!

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