Putting the “Heat” in HVAC

Heat Wave After Heat Wave!

Summer 2021 wasn’t joking around with the hot weather and Washington reaching record-breaking temperatures of upwards to 116°F. You’ve probably been trying to keep cool in the house by running the HVAC system to its max. Refreshing as it may feel in the moment, the long-term strain you are putting onto the HVAC system can be detrimental. As the HVAC systems strain to bring the temperature down, it receives more damage that will most likely result in needed repairs of replacements. 

Thankfully, there are methods to avoid the summer heat and strain on your HVAC system. It all comes down to one basis: make sure the HVAC is unclogged and blockage-free. If your HVAC is blocked by accumulating dust and other particles, it’ll breath its dying breaths trying to regulate air out around the obstacles. Summer usually means more wind action, causing more particles and foreign objects to reside in your HVAC system. Let’s give your HVAC system a much needed break by completing the following steps this summer: 

  • Clean your AC. Observe the system often to see if dust particles and debris is building up. You might need an AC service provider to help you with this as electrical shocks could potentially harm you.
  • Change your air filters. Air filters catch dust particles, making it dirty and again, and blocking the airflow from running smoothly.  The more energy your HVAC uses to keep your house cool, the more strain it’ll cause.
  • Call for a duct inspection. The HVAC’s air ducts often hold accumulated dust particles and debris, causing that awful blockage. See a pattern here? Scheduling regular inspections is crucial in avoiding damaged/dirty ducts which can leak and cause more damage to the HVAC system.
  • Installing insulation. This summer, the sun is blazing down on us more than ever! House temperatures can rise to extreme heats, resulting in more strenuous work for our dear HVAC system. By installing insulation around window seals, walls, and ceilings, you can lessen the amount of external heat entering your home and the strain on your HVAC. A win-win situation!
  • Invest in dehumidifiers. Summers also bring in high humidity with the heat and cool breeze coming into the house (or from the HVAC system). Humidity can result in mold and mildew around your house and potentially your HVAC system, leaving odors in the air as well. Moisture often gravitates towards bathrooms and basements, so it’s important to clean around there. Installing dehumidifiers is a good way to prevent the mold.

 Checking the above areas can save you from long-lasting damage to your HVAC system. If you ever need your HVAC system inspected or repaired, don’t hesitate to contact us at (425) 312-6767!

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