Did you know that during the summer the hottest part of the day is usually around 3 PM? Most people think it’s around noon, but in reality, it takes some time for the earth to process the solar radiation.

So when it comes to those hot dog days of summer, the first thing you’ll want to do is turn on your AC unit. However, the weather can definitely affect your AC in the summer.

But with this simple guide, you’ll be able to get a handle on regular AC maintenance by understanding how heat affects your AC unit. Let’s get started!

The Basics

First, it’s important to get a basic idea of how your AC unit works. Simply put, it takes the hot air from inside and turns it into cold air you can use to chill out.

But how does it do that? Is it magic?

Well, it is some pretty incredible engineering! Your AC takes the heat energy from inside and brings it to your outdoor unit which dispenses that heat into the environment, circulating cold air back into your home.

That’s a general way that most AC units operate under.

Working Double

Now that we know how your AC does what it does, we can focus on how the summer heat can affect your AC’s efficiency.

So, your outdoor AC device also works to reject heat from outside as it’s pushing the hot air out. When the temperature outside is also relatively hot, it becomes harder for this device to accomplish its task.

This means that your AC unit is going to have to work twice as hard to get cool air into your home during times where it’s particularly hot out, like in the summer months.

Humidity Fights

And there’s another element that usually comes with the summer heat: humidity. Now, the role of humidity affects your AC because it makes the air damper and clammier.

Not only does your AC have to battle the heat, but now it also has to deal with the sheer density of the air thanks to the water vapor in it. It’s almost like the summer months have a full-blown battle with AC units all over the world!

Stay Chill By Knowing About Your AC Unit

So now you know more about how exactly heat can affect your AC unit. But what can be done?

Well, it’s important to take extra good care of your AC during these times. Most of the nation’s citizens invest in using air conditioners, so it’s key to be able to properly take care of one.

Make sure you maintain a clear space by your outdoor unit and change the filters more frequently in the times you find yourself using your AC more. And, if you find that you just need an upgrade, check out Koala Cooling!

From installation to general repairs, you can rest assured that we’ll help you stay cool when the degrees start to climb. Contact us today to schedule our services, or check out our website for more information!