How to Help Your AC Deal with a Heatwave

Your HVAC needs change with the weather. We recognize this and want to support you throughout the entire year. Since we are in the middle of summer, we thought now would be a great time to give you some tips to get your through the seemingly yearly heat waves we have here in Louisiana.

Replace Your Air Filter

Your air filter is vital to your indoor air quality, but it needs to be clean for optimal airflow as well. Your AC is working extra hard during a heatwave. It needs to have adequate airflow to start cooling your home. You should be cleaning or replacing your air filter every single month!

Keep the Condenser Coils Clean

Your condenser coils are part of your external AC unit and release heat from your home into the outside air. This is one of the most important parts of your AC because it’s what actually cools your home. It needs to be clean in order to function at the highest level. When dealing with a heatwave, you need your AC to be at its best. If you see that the weather forecast is going to be really hot, cleaning your coils could go a long way to get you through it.

Supplement with Other Cooling Options

Most air conditioners can only reduce the temperature of your home by about 20 degrees. This isn’t that much if your home is already really warm. Luckily, there are ways you can supplement this cooling with other things. The most obvious example is a fan. While this doesn’t lower temperatures, it can introduce a windchill effect. Of course, back in the day, many homes throughout the South were designed to facilitate airflow and natural breezes throughout the home. Other options include blocking direct sunlight from heating your home and venting your attic to release trapped hot air.

Harkins has you covered for all your HVAC needs. If you need AC or furnace repairs, an indoor air quality assessment, or any other HVAC-related need, fill out our form online or call Harkins at (225) 217-2241. Our technicians are trained in cleanliness and take the utmost care and caution when helping your home.