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4 Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioning Running Smoothly

There is absolutely nothing worse than a faulty or broken air conditioning unit during the scorching heat of summer. And yet, most of the time it’s so easy to avoid running into hot water — erm, air. These four simple tips will keep your A/C running effectively and efficiently, helping you avoid costly repairs:

Have a professional perform maintenance: Having a professional HVAC-licensed appliance technician to inspect your air conditioning unit can help you avoid unnecessary damage and repairs. A technician will make sure that the parts to your unit are working, as well as check the thermostat. They’ll also check and clear your air ducts, making sure cool air can flow through.

Change your filters: Filters collect dirt, dust and debris which ca get backed up and circulate around your home through your air conditioner. Changing filters can prevent damage and air pollution in your home before it occurs!

Make sure doors and windows are closed: Having your windows or doors open while running air conditioning in your home means your a/c unit will have to work overtime to cool down the hot air entering. This causes wear and tear on the parts, as well as increases your need for a future replacement.

Clean the area around the A/C: Dirt and debris can cause horrible damage to the internal structure of your air conditioner, and unfortunately your a/c pulls air into itself in order to create cool air. If the area around your a/c unit is dirty, it’s likely sucking in that debris, which means you’ll be breathing in dusty air as well as increases the likelihood of needing a repair.

3 Things to Check Before Calling For Air Conditioning Service

So your air conditioner won’t turn on, and the temperature outside, and in your home, is rising fast. What to do?

Your first instinct should be to call for Immediate appliance repair (and yes, you should!) but before you pick up the phone, be sure to check these three potential causes for air conditioning failure.

1. Check for power
The first thing you should do is make sure that there is power in your home and neighborhood. If your air conditioning unit goes out in the middle of a sunny morning, you may be unaware if you’re actually experiencing a full-blown power outage. Check to make sure other appliances and lighting fixtures are able to turn on in your home.

2. Check the circuit breaker
Also called a fuse box, if the breaker to your HVAC unit has been tripped, just reset the breaker to check if activity will resume to your air conditioner. However, be aware that circuit breakers will usually trip due to safety reasons, so depending on the number of times it trips, you may want to have an electrician come out to take a look. This will help determine if there are any electrical-related issues present.

Similarly, check to see if the batteries in your unit’s thermostat are dead, and change them out if they are. Dead batteries will make it impossible to turn the air conditioning off and off, or adjust any settings.

3. Check the air filters
A dirty or old air filter may be impeding the flow of air to your air conditioning unit, resulting in a less powerful or less cold airflow. Be sure to change air filters regularly in order to ensure optimal efficiency and to avoid future issues.

Sleep Like a Baby: 5 Tips to Beat the Nightly Summer Heat With No Air Conditioning

When summer comes to mind, we almost always focus on picnics, days lounging on the beach, and tasty iced drinks. But hot weather has a gnarly side too. We’re talking about the real dog days of summer, when intense heat and humidity make it impossible to sit comfortably, let alone sleep through the night.

Pool parties, barbecues and ice pops: Summer is a veritable festival of fun in the sun! But with summer months come steamy summer night… And for some, restless, sleepless nights due to the heat.

If you don’t have an air conditioning unit in your home, you don’t have to spend all summer sweltering in your sweaty sheets. With a little ingenuity and a fan or two, you can be sleeping like a cool, comfortable baby. Below, check out 5 simple tips to do just that:

1. Craft a Cross-Breeze
Loading up your home with fans can help boost airflow around your space, which will help you and your house cool down quicker. At nighttime, a fan positioned in front of a window can help draw in the cool night air and push it around your home.

2. Choose Cotton
Ditch the thick, clingy fabric for cotton everything—clothes, underwear, bedding—to keep cool, crisp and sweat-free! Lighter than most other fabrics, cotton will hep wick away sweat and moisture, keeping you feeling clean and cool.

3. Sleep Alone
Sorry, but cuddling up isn’t conducive to a comfy-cool rest in the depths of the summer heat. Body heat begets body heat. Instead, try snoozing alone with loose sheets instead of a heavy comforter.

4. Lights Out
Lights = heat. Duh! Keep your home cool (and conserve energy) by minimizing your light usage, especially during the daytime, when your home will already receive plenty of light from the sun.

5. Get Cold Feet
Your biggest winter pet peeve will become your summer best friend: cold feet! You can purchase cooling gel socks to wear at night, or even store some socks in the freezer to keep your feet, a sensitive spot which can affect the way the rest of your body feels, nice and cool at night. You can also try sleeping your feet outside the covers… and skip the slippers!

Why Does Air Conditioning Cause A Sore Throat?

As the weather warms up for summer, many folks are turning their air conditioning units on—with good reason! Unfortunately, sometimes air conditioning can result in a sort throat. Have you ever experienced this sensation? It’s not fun—you go to sleep in a nice, comfy cool room on a warm summer’s night and wake up with a throbbing, sore throat.

We did some digging to find out what causes this, and how you can avoid it while using your A/C during the hot summer months! Check out the causes, reasons, and solutions behind the A/C sore throat phenomena, below:

Cause: Poor installation

Reason: Poor installation of the unit can lead to poor air circulation, which in turns leads to the system stagnating in certain areas, which can cause build-up and thus, infection.

Solution: Make sure that the unit installed is designed to handle the air flow of the space; if not, upgrade your unit.

Cause: Poor maintenance

Reason: Poor maintenance can lead to dirty filters, which can potentially cause problems like mold!

Solution: Replace air filters regularly and have a professional inspect and maintain the unit for you annually.

Cause: Running the system with the vent control closed

Reason: Running the unit this way can lead to poor air exchange between the outside and inside of your home, allowing for stagnant air which can cause infections.

Solution: Open those windows! Get some fresh air circulated in your home, or even run the system for a while with the vent control open.

Cause: Running the system too long (too much aridity)

Reason: When the air becomes too arid, the throat membrane can become irritated and inflamed as super dry air passes from the environment and your lungs.

Solution: Try running the system less if you can, or run a humidifier to compensate for the dryness. You can also open your windows to allow for air exchange.

Why Get a Professional Air Conditioning Tune Up?

It’s that time of year again, when things begin to heat up here in New Jersey and air conditioners start to get turned out all across the state. But imagine this scenario: It’s late May, about87 degrees outside, and your home is a sauna. You haven’t needed to break out the A/C just yet, but now’s the moment! You go over to the panel, hit “Cool,” and… womp womp. No cold air comes out! Now you’re panicking, because it’s HOT, and you have no way of cooling down.

The fact is, this scenario happens all the time during the summer months. We assume that since we haven’t touched our A/C units in months that it should be perfectly fine when we turn it back on. But over the autumn, winter, and spring, when your A/C sits untouched, all sorts of things can go wrong with it while the unit stagnates. Luckily, however, this scenario can also be easily avoided by a professional A/C tune up.

By getting a professional air condition tune up at least once a year before you need your A/C turned on, a trained professional can assess your cooling unit for leaks, internal damage, clogs, and make sure that your equipment is running efficiently and effectively before it gets unbearably warm. To set up your A/C tune up today on your central air conditioning system, call Immediate Appliance today!