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As the summer heat in Kansas City intensifies, we rely heavily on our air conditioning systems to keep our homes cool and comfortable. However, running your HVAC system non-stop can put a significant strain on its components, leading to higher energy bills and potential breakdowns. To help you maintain a well-functioning and efficient HVAC system throughout the summer, Polestar Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has put together five essential tips to minimize strain and extend the lifespan of your air conditioner this summer. 

Regular Maintenance is Key: 

Just like any mechanical system, your cooling system requires regular maintenance to perform at its best. If you haven’t already this year, schedule a Polestar professional to come out for an AC Tune-Up. Regular maintenance ensures that all components are in good condition, the air filters are clean, and the system is operating optimally. A well-maintained HVAC system will run more efficiently, saving you energy and reducing strain on its parts. 

Keep Vents and Air Registers Clean and Unobstructed: 

Check that there is no furniture, curtains, or other objects blocking the vents and registers. Good airflow is essential for efficient cooling, and unrestricted vents help distribute cooled air evenly throughout your home, preventing your system from overworking to compensate for the lack of circulation. 

Consider Upgrading to A Smart Thermostat: 

These modern devices allow you to set specific temperature schedules, adjusting the cooling when you’re at home and raising it slightly when you’re away or asleep. By reducing the workload during times when you don’t need intense cooling, you can save energy and extend the life of your HVAC system. 

Optimize Your Home’s Insulation: 

Proper insulation is essential in maintaining a comfortable indoor environment while reducing strain on your HVAC system. Inspect your home’s insulation, particularly around doors and windows, and add weatherstripping or caulking as needed to seal any leaks. Proper insulation prevents heat from infiltrating your home, reducing the amount of cooling required to maintain a comfortable temperature. 

Shade Your Windows & Use Fans: 

Keep blinds, curtains, or shades closed during the hottest parts of the day to block out direct sunlight and heat. This reduces the heat gain in your home and lowers the demand on your AC unit. Utilize ceiling fans or portable fans to help circulate cool air throughout the room. Fans create a wind-chill effect, making you feel cooler, allowing you to raise the thermostat temperature without sacrificing comfort. 

Taking care of your HVAC system during the summer in Kansas City is vital for both comfort and efficiency. By following these five tips and implementing good maintenance practices, you can minimize strain on your HVAC system, reduce energy consumption, and lower your utility bills. Stay cool and comfortable while being mindful of your HVAC system’s health – your wallet and the environment will thank you! 

From the charming neighborhoods of Prairie Village and Leawood, to Loch Lloyd, Overland Park, and Olathe – Kansas City customers trust Polestar as their go-to HVAC professionals for top-notch service at a fair and honest price. If you’re a new customer, don’t miss out on our unbeatable offer of a $79 AC Tune-Up! Get in touch with the Polestar Team today by calling (913) 423-8827 or simply click here to schedule your first appointment. 

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