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Sand Key, Florida, is beautiful in the summer, but the hot, humid weather makes air conditioning essential. Hazards like extremely hot weather, hurricanes, and thunderstorms can damage your HVAC system, leave you and your family without air conditioning, and force you to pay for expensive repairs. You can keep your AC safe and sound by adding shade, preparing for bad weather, and getting regular maintenance.

Adding Shade

An awning or roof over your air conditioner’s outdoor unit will keep the sun from heating it, reducing its efficiency, and increasing your utility bills. It can also help make your yard look better and keep away debris such as grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and falling branches. Adding shade also reduces the wear on your system, extending its life and preventing inconvenient breakdowns.

Preparing for Bad Weather

You can prevent damage from heavy rain or storm surges by placing your outdoor HVAC unit on a raised platform. Also, make sure the downspouts attached to your gutters are pointed away, and don’t put lawn chairs or other objects where high winds could send them into your outdoor unit. Trim any branches that might fall on it. If your indoor unit is in your basement or another flood-prone area, install a sump pump.

Getting Regular Maintenance

Have your air conditioner checked by a professional at least once per year to catch any issues before they become costly. You should also have your ducts inspected for leaks or other problems every few years. Check your air filter once per month, and change it when gets clogged or dirty. If you notice dirt or debris such as leaves or grass clippings on the top of your outdoor HVAC unit, rinse the unit off with a garden hose.

Advanced Cooling Systems is a Trane Comfort Specialist with decades of heating and air conditioning experience. We can help you and your family stay cool and comfortable. Call us anytime at (727) 213-5888 for outstanding service from our friendly, expert technicians.

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