Residential and Commercial Air Conditioning Expectations for August

This time of year in Lubbock is usually very hot and humid. Here are some tips on what to expect from your residential or commercial air conditioning system, because major problems can be prevented by following some of these tips.

1. High energy bills

Again, this time of year is usually very hot and humid, so expect higher than usual bills from your energy company. If you can, try to set your thermostat higher when no one is home or look into buying a programmable thermostat. During really hot months, a programmable thermostat can usually pay for itself!

2. Condensation Leaks

With high humidity expect your air conditioning system to create a lot of condensation (water). The water created from your air conditioning unit exits through the PVC pipe at the bottom of your evaporator coil. If there is a small amount of build-up in that line, a leak may occur. So if you haven’t looked at your furnace or air handler in a long time, this would be the month to look it over to make sure it is not leaking water.

3. Dirty Filters

With all of the summer vacations and extended periods of time outside, one can easily miss replacing an air filter. Not having a clean air filter can cause your system to ice-up and not cool properly. Either one is not a good situation when it is 100 degrees outside with high humidity. It is also a very inexpensive repair that can save you tons of money in the long run, so change your filter(s).

If any of these problems are occurring with your air conditioning system, schedule a call today. I hope that these tips help you know what to expect this month from your air conditioning system. Sometimes giving your unit a quick visual inspection can save you from a disaster. Feel free to leave any questions or comments.