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Running Your AC During A Heat Wave

Running Your AC During A Heat Wave

When temperatures run hot outdoors, we instinctually want to make temperatures indoors as cool as possible. But when outdoor temperatures rise higher than normal, it's important to be mindful of how your system may be affected. Today we will be sharing important information regarding running your air conditioner during a heat wave. Read on to learn what you should and shouldn’t do during this period.

The Stressful Effect on Your System
Air conditioners are simply not designed to withstand extreme hot weather conditions, as they don't commonly occur. During the out of the ordinary days when temperatures are hotter than normal, your system needs to work extra hard to cool your home. Here are some things to avoid during a heat wave:

- Having your AC set to "ON" all day. Opt for the "AUTO" function instead.
- Setting extremely low temperatures. This puts a lot of strain on your system.
- Keeping vents closed. There's no need to run your AC if there is no ventilation. Make sure your vents are open while your AC functions.

System Overload Isn’t Uncommon
It’s not uncommon for air conditioner systems to break down during heat waves. A common instinct is to blast your AC as cold as possible to feel optimal comfort. However, this puts a lot of pressure on your unit and causes a lot of overworking that your system may not be able to handle. In order to avoid your system from breaking down, do things to release some pressure such as:

- Only running the AC when necessary.
- Limiting the use of other in-home appliances.
- Reducing indoor heat by turning off lights, TVs, etc.

Schedule Maintenance Before A Heat Wave Hits
Regular AC maintenance is always recommended prior to the start of summer to assure your air conditioner is running smoothly all season long. This is to guarantee that all preventive care is complete, and any necessary repairs are made in order to have a system that is fully functional. If you’ve yet to complete AC maintenance this season, schedule an appointment with us at Maple Air Heating and Cooling, serving the Greater Toronto Area, immediately. You don’t want to be stuck in a position where your AC breaks down during a heat wave.

Be prepared for any surprising weather conditions that come your way by scheduling an AC maintenance appointment in the Greater Toronto Area, or surrounding cities, with Maple Air Heating and Cooling. Contact us today!
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