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Tips For Beating the Heat This Summer

Everyone Needs a Break From the Heat Sometimes

The Pacific Northwest gets its fair share of hot summer days. Summers can get so hot that living without a properly working air conditioner has risks. It is best to ensure that the AC works properly in the spring so the homeowner knows they can rely on the unit all summer. 

Otherwise, homeowners will find themselves without a working AC until a professional can come out and repair the unit. And who wants to deal with that? Below are tips on how to care for the AC so that it lasts all summer and even how to keep the house naturally cooler so that the AC doesn’t have to work as hard. 

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The best way to beat the heat this summer is to invest in maintaining the AC system. Proper AC maintenance has so many benefits for the system, including: 

  • A longer-lasting system
  • Fewer breakdowns
  • Fewer emergencies 
  • Lower utility bill costs
  • Lower repair costs
  • Better air quality 
  • A valid warranty

One of the easiest ways homeowners can help maintain the AC on their own is to replace the air filter at least once every three months. Homeowners should replace it more often if pets or allergy sufferers live in the home. Aside from air filter replacement, regularly scheduled maintenance by professionals will keep the system running smoothly all summer long! 

Out With the Old and In With the New 

Besides maintaining the AC homeowners already have, investing in a new, good-quality AC is another way to beat the heat this summer. Most new AC units are energy-savers to help homeowners with utility bill costs. They also last longer than older AC models, so homeowners could potentially save themselves thousands of dollars in the long run if they replace the AC this summer. 

Here are some signs that it’s time for an air conditioner replacement: 

  • The AC is making funny noises
  • It doesn’t cool the house consistently 
  • It takes a while to cool the home
  • The AC is constantly running 

When homeowners notice any of these signs, they should contact their local professionals to ensure that it’s time to have their AC replaced. 


Circulate Cool Air With a Ceiling Fan

Homeowners can also utilize their ceiling fans to keep the home cool while saving on energy bills. It might seem counter-productive, but using ceiling fans alongside the AC is a great way to save money and conserve energy. Raising the temperature by a few degrees can help save money, and using ceiling fans will make the temperature difference unnoticeable. It’s such an easy habit to get into too! 

During the summer, homeowners should have the ceiling fan direction going counterclockwise. This direction will create a downdraft to get the cool air circulating the home and the hot air out. Then, homeowners can switch the blades to go clockwise for the opposite effect in the winter. Staying cool has never been easier! 

Call Gresham Heating and Air Conditioning

Gresham Heating and Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated business with 30 years of experience serving its community of Gresham, OR, and the surrounding areas. They offer upfront pricing, emergency service, and financing. Call them today for air conditioning services in Gresham, OR.