Reminder for all you homeowners out there: The best time to schedule an inspection for your HVAC system is before the high temperatures of summer come around. So, while you’re doing some spring cleaning this month, think about getting a check-up for your hardworking HVAC system as well!
Here are a few tips you can follow to get the most out of your HVAC system this summer.
1. Check your filters frequently
This is the most important part of keeping up an efficient HVAC system. Clogged filters have to work much harder for less than half the usual airflow output, which puts strain on your entire system. Checking to make sure that the filters are clean is the first step in having a functioning HVAC system that will easily keep you cool through the summer months.
2. Get a programmable thermostat
This will save you time and make your home much more customized and comfortable. Investing in a programmable thermostat allows you to choose what temperature you want your house to be and when you would like the system to turn on or off. This is very convenient for those with busy lifestyles who want to return to a comfortable home without having to wait for it to cool down.
3. Reduce the use of heat-producing appliances
Try not to use heat-producing appliances such as ovens, dryers, or dishwashers during the hottest part of the day. Also avoid placing lamps, TVs, or computers near the thermostat. This might raise your utility bill by causing your thermostat to read the core temperature of the room as hotter than it actually is, then running the AC for longer than necessary.
4. Say ‘hello’ to your fans
While constantly running the AC may seem like the best option during the scorching summer months, using ceiling or floor fans can actually be a good alternative that saves you money while keeping your home just as cool. A few strategically placed fans can work wonders in your home and help lower the energy bills because the AC will not have to run as long.
5. Replace your old AC unit
Fixing your old AC unit saves you money in the short-term, but in the long run, replacing your outdated AC unit altogether is the better option. A newer, cleaner, and more efficient AC unit will create a comfortable home environment that you and your family will enjoy through the hottest part of the year.
The average American household spends $2200 on energy bills per year, and about half of this is from heating and cooling costs. Make sure your HVAC system is worth your money and worth your while by checking it often and scheduling a tune-up with a home comfort specialist before the summer hits.