Summer is here, luckily we’re not quite in the triple digit temperatures just yet. Before it gets super hot, you might want to check that you and the house are ready for the summer heat. That means you start by checking your home's heat and air-conditioning system.
Here are five ways to make sure you are prepared to handle extreme heat.
- To begin, change your filters in your heating/cooling system. Change them regularly, at least monthly.
- Next change your thermostat over to "cool" and test the system by turning the temperature down. If the air conditioner does not turn on, first check to make sure no breakers are tripped. If you can't figure out the problem, call your heating and air-conditioning repair person. Calling now may keep you from making an "emergency" call when the temperatures are soaring and the repair people are super busy and expensive.
- If your cooling system turns on, make sure it is putting out adequate cooling. If it's not, and you can't figure out the problem, call your heating and air-conditioning repair person. Set the thermostat at 78 degrees.
- If your air conditioner needs replacement do it now before the triple digit temps come, that’s when heating & air-conditioning repair people get the busiest.
- Lastly, your air ducts may need testing for leaks and then sealed. Your attic insulation probably has compacted, so you need to add an additional 5 to 8 inches. Your windows and doors and other parts of the building envelope may need caulking and weather stripping.