As the spring continues to heat up, we might find ourselves spending much of the time thinking about what more we can do to keep our families comfortable at home. Whether you’re looking at air conditioner replacement or home improvements, follow these tips to enhance cooling so you survive the heat in your West Palm Beach home as summer approaches.

Energy Efficient Upgrades

If you are on the market for a new air conditioning system, consider a heat pump with an air handler. This energy-efficient combination is ideal for hotter climates where temperatures rarely ever reach freezing. A heat pump functions as an air cooling unit during the hot months and as an air warmer for those few cold snaps. The handler circulates the comfortable air throughout your home year-round.

Conquer Indoor Pollutants

You might not realize it, but airborne pollutants can affect the ability of your air conditioning system to effectively cool your home. Pollutants such as dust, pollen, and pet hair can clog your filters and affect the performance of your air conditioning system. These and other contaminants can accumulate within your HVAC system and cause parts to malfunction. Your HVAC technician will examine and clean your HVAC system during routine maintenance.

You will also need to check your air filter regularly and clean or replace your filter as necessary. Your HVAC technician will check your filter during a maintenance visit but this is a task you will need to manage.

Control Humidity

Our region battles not only heat but excessive humidity as well. Unfortunately, your indoor air can also be affected by humidity. This makes your home feel stuffy and uncomfortable and can also cause mold and dust mites to thrive.

To control humidity you can limit indoor activities that create moisture. Taking shorter hot showers, reducing cooking activities that generate steam, and ensuring your dryer is vented to the outdoors are all effective methods. It is also important that you use your exhaust fans during cooking and bathing.

Indoor air quality products such as dehumidifiers and ventilators can help to reduce moisture and freshen your indoor air. For more information about improving cooling efficiency and selecting effective air quality products, contact the experts at Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, Inc. today by calling (561) 202-1422 in West Palm Beach and (772) 905-3358 in Port Saint Lucie.

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