Houston expert shares tips on how to keep your home cool without overloading air conditioning units during the heatwave

Ed Newby has been very busy all month of June.

The Allstar Conditioning and Heating Services co-owner said he’s been servicing a number of broken or malfunctioning HVAC systems in the Houston area as more people look to stay cool amid a wave of heat.

“A properly maintained system is key to surviving the heat of air conditioning right now,” Newby said.

Newby added that it’s highly recommended to have your unit serviced twice a year, once before summer and once before winter, to ensure everything is in working order before peak seasons.

He also suggests changing small air filters once a month to make sure the filters aren’t clogged and preventing airflow, and changing larger filters every six months.

The heating and air conditioning expert said if you have ceiling fans, turn them on to circulate cool air and close blinds to keep the sun’s heat from coming inside.

Newby said that with outside temperatures reaching 100 degrees, he would avoid the 20 degree rule, which suggests setting your thermostat 20 degrees cooler than outside temperatures.

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“A house at 78 degrees, personally, for me is too hot,” he added. “An air conditioner is a dehumidifier, it is intended to cool the house. A lot of the reason we get service calls is because they have the thermostat too high.

Newby warns against setting your thermostats too low, like 65 degrees. He said this could overload the unit and your home may never reach those temperatures. He said the sweet spot is around 75 when outside temperatures are in the triple digits.

Newby said investing in a digital thermostat can help you save energy while you’re away and get a head start on keeping it cool before you get home.

“Ideally if you get home at 5:00 p.m., you set that temperature or that thermostat to about 2:00 p.m. where it can start working, so by the time you get in, that’s where you want it,” Newby said. .

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