Essential Fourth of July HVAC Tips
The Fourth of July is a sacred day for many Americans as we celebrate our freedom and independence and enjoy an opportunity to reflect upon the many things that make our communities so great. It’s a day for spending time with family and friends, hosting barbecues, participating in parades and watching fireworks.
It’s also often a hot, humid day when it’s hard to stay cool. With all of the activities and celebrations, you want to stay cool on the Fourth of July without having to put an extra strain on your HVAC unit. Here are a few HVAC tips to make sure that you have a cool and comfortable 4th.
Stay Well Hydrated
Did you know that staying hydrated can help take some pressure off of your HVAC system? When you are well hydrated on a hot day, you can actually lower your body temperature. This enables you to stay cooler even in warmer conditions and will make you less desperate to turn the thermostat down to stay comfortable.
As an added bonus, being well hydrated is good for you and provides a number of health benefits. So, if you’re feeling hot this summer, rather than turning to the thermostat, try turning to a cold glass of water. And if you’re entertaining, make sure that you have plenty of water and cold drinks available for guests to consistently enjoy.
Don’t Neglect Air Filters
It’s easy to forget about updating your air filters, but doing so during the summer will put additional strain on your air conditioning unit. This is especially true if you’re hosting a barbecue or entertaining a lot, as these events put added pressures on your system. As much as you might try to avoid it, it seems inevitable that doors are regularly left open during parties and that smoke ends up wafting into the house.
To prepare for this, make sure that your air filters have been recently replaced. For the average home, air filters should be replaced every 90 days. However, if you have pets, you should change them every 60 days, and if you have family members with allergies or respiratory issues, you should change your filters every 45 days.
Schedule Preventative Maintenance
The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially true when it comes to HVAC maintenance. No one wants to find themselves with a house full of guests on a hot Fourth of July only to have their air conditioning go out. While you can’t always avoid such a headache, regular maintenance can help to avoid this type of outage.
At least once a year you should have your HVAC unit cleaned, serviced and inspected. Every three to five years you should have your air ducts thoroughly cleaned. If you’re behind on any preventative maintenance, schedule it before your next event to avoid having any entertaining disasters.
If you think your HVAC system needs to be serviced or if you have any concerns about your system, call B & D Plumbing, Heating & A/C today at (763) 497-2290 to schedule an inspection or consultation. Until then, we hope you have a wonderful July 4th and that these HVAC tips help you to stay cool this summer!