The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

Posted by
Ed Miller on Thu, Jul 11, 2013



Not everyone is blessed with the pleasant summers of the northern states, or the mildly cool winters of the south. There are always extremes to be dealt with when concerned with climates, and the summers of Florida can get hot. At the height of the season temperatures can hit the three-digit mark, and has the potential to bring life to a standstill. The only option one can exercise when in the slippery grip of sweat and heat is to relax and slip into a vegetative state in front of an air conditioner, provided it works. Thus one feels the importance of having a properly maintained and fully functional air conditioning during the dog days of summer.

Regular Maintenance

The first and second rule for proper functioning of an air conditioner system is regular and thorough maintenance. Always make sure that a complete system checkup and efficiency test are carried out before the start of the summer or the winter, or at any time that the air conditioner is likely to be used a lot. This periodic analysis of the performance of your a/c can help identify any potential problems before they escalate. A faulty fan, clogged pipes or leaking condenser coil fluid may not render the unit inoperable, but it can cause such a huge loss in cooling power so as to not matter.

There may be need for part replacement or just a simple clean up job, either way make sure that you get an authorized and certified technician to do the analysis. There are measures that you can take in order to avoid any issues at a later date. Regularly cleaning the air filters so as to prevent blockage of the air vent is a crucial step that most people put off for later. Instead, doing so on the first of every month will ensure that there is no gradual drop in output and also helps in maintaining a cleaner atmosphere and preventing stale air. Not a bad result from just a ten minute job done once a month.


A key fact that a number of people err on is that it is more efficient to leave the a/c at a constant temperature than switching it to a very low one for a while and then giving it some down time. This process would end up having a reduced overall efficiency and can increase the energy usage by a whopping 50%. One way to step around the issue of having the a/c run constantly is to install a programmable thermostat, which can automatically regulate the change in temperature based on your work schedule or daily routine.

The final step to take to really shut out the unbearable temperatures is to ensure that both the air ducts and the rooms are properly insulated from the outside temperatures, and also that there are no leaks in the piping system. This innocuous problem can have far reaching effects on the efficiency of the entire cooling system. You can learn about the best ways to save on your cooling and heating bills by talking to your ac service contractor. Heavy curtains and double-paned glass for windows and the appropriate insulating sealant for the pipes can help in curbing any heat gain in the coolant and the air in the rooms.

Snyder Heating and Air Conditioning has been installing and servicing much needed temperature controlling systems for the better part of half a century, in Jacksonville Florida. Our expert technicians and excellent support staff are on constant standby in the event of any emergency cropping up with your air conditioning system during the dreadful heat spells of the summer months. We deal with many ac units including Trane, Carrier and Lennox. Call us today for a free quote!



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