According to climate research conducted by meteorologists in Florida, residents of the Sunshine State should expect a sizzling summer in 2017. The high temperatures experienced in the springtime are bound to become more intense by the time July arrives. Unusual high-pressure systems persisted from Central Florida all the way down to the Keys, and more than 100 wildfires have prompted officials to call in reinforcement firefighting brigades from South Carolina.
With May temperatures as high as 97 degrees in Palm Beach and Orlando, meteorologists believe that similar high-pressure systems will prevail in Florida in the summer, and there is also the return of El Niño to worry about.
Getting ready for a Florida summer means making sure that your air conditioning system is working properly. If you have been running your A/C during the unusually warm spring, you should consider scheduling and inspection before the warmer summer temperatures arrive. Waiting until the hotter days of June is not recommended since technicians tend to get quite busy with A/C services and repairs, which means that you could be stuck with a faulty unit just as summer is beginning.
An A/C maintenance plan is a small investment that can go a long way in terms of how you will enjoy your summer in Florida. When HVAC technicians arrive in your home to inspect your cooling system, they have three things in mind:
1 – Functionality: the age of the system and its overall condition are taken into consideration. The goal is to ascertain that the A/C unit and its components can properly circulate air, displace heat and keep temperatures low.
2 – Air quality control: proper maintenance of the outside unit, ducts, and vents is essential for the purpose of preventing contaminants from being circulated indoors. This may include changing the filters, repairing the unit and cleaning the vent system.
3 – Energy efficiency: an A/C that is not working properly will likely increase electricity consumption, which will be reflected in your monthly electric bill. Aside from changing the filter and cleaning the ducts, the thermostat may need adjustment or replacement.
In some cases, the HVAC technician may recommend upgrading to a modern unit, but immediate replacement will only be necessary if the system has completely ceased functioning and is beyond repair. If the system can still keep your house cool during the summer, it would be a good idea to postpone replacement until the weather turns cooler so that you do not have to endure a couple of days without A/C. You may also want to consider upgrading to a system with smart home automation features so that you can remotely control it with your smartphone, thereby increasing the overall energy efficiency.
In the end, enjoying the Florida summer should start with an A/C inspection before planning for barbecues and trips to the beach. For more information contact Autumn Air Conditioning in Cape Coral by calling 239-574-7744.