Summer is the season of relaxation and rest, but the scorching summer sun can mean working overtime for your air conditioning unit. In extreme heat, your unit has to work that much harder to keep your home comfortable. It’s important to take care of your AC unit so you can avoid breakdowns in the hottest months of the year. Luckily, there are some smart steps to avoid breakdowns and ensure that your home stays cool all summer long, even in the Phoenix heat.
Have you ever tried to drink through a punctured or blocked straw? It requires significantly more sucking power to drink a normal amount of liquid. This is the same thing that can happen to your ductwork. Any airflow obstructions will cause your HVAC system to use more energy to maintain your desired thermostat settings. Therefore, it’s important to perform regular ductwork inspections to prevent airflow obstructions from costing you excess energy dollars.
Here are some of the most common energy-wasting airflow obstructions.