HVAC Tips to Stay Cool in the Sizzling Summer Heat
Tired of sweating through the summer? When scorching summer temperatures set in, you’re not the only one struggling to make it through the day. Your air conditioner is working hard to keep you cool. To help it accomplish this difficult job without going up in smoke alongside your energy dollars, we’ve got a few tips…
Help Your System Keep Its Cool
Doing this is easy.
Give your system a little shade. Properly shaded systems have an easier time cooling air.
Remove debris. Clear overgrown grass, weeds, bushes and trees 2-4 feet around your unit to allow for adequate air flow.
Regularly replace filters. Check your air filter monthly, replacing it at least once every 3-months. Clogged filters force your system to work harder and are a common culprit for HVAC emergency repair calls. A clean filter is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve performance and save when using air conditioning and it’s critical to the lifespan of your system.
Keep your thermostat out of the heat. Keep lamps, TVs, sunlight, and anything heat-producing away from your thermostat. These can cause you system to run longer than necessary, inflating your energy bill and making you uncomfortable.
Don’t neglect routine maintenance. Professional tuneups don’t cost a lot, while addressing areas key to comfort and use. With a simple call, you can ensure your system won’t go down with countless other cooling units when summer temperatures soar. Air conditioning companies can manage tasks you cannot, including:
Topping off refrigerant levels to ensure your system provides you with the coolest air possible.
Cleaning integral components such as the compressor and coils which can quickly lead to poor performance and breakdowns in temperature extremes.
Verify proper thermostat function and manage airflow so you can remain comfortable without constantly adjusting temperatures.
Don’t Overdo It
You can also keep your HVAC system from overworking and giving out by changing your behaviors.
Stop pressing that button. Cranking down the thermostat won’t make your home cool any faster. It puts your system under immense strain. And remember: For every degree below 78, you increase energy consumption (your electric bill) by 8%.
Invest in a programmable thermostat. This can ensure comfort and energy savings, automatically adjusting the set temperature for when you’re away, and when you’re home. Leaving early? Many smart thermostat models offer built-in geofencing, sensing your smartphone’s location and adjusting the temperature for your arrival.
Don’t prolong the misery. Consider replacing older heating and air conditioning units with a newer, energy efficient model. Newer systems won’t have to work as hard (or use as many of your energy dollars) to keep you comfortable. They are also covered by a warranty and less prone to breakdowns when you need them most. Federal tax credits and local utility incentives can help make this upgrade more budget-friendly – plus you’ll reap energy savings over the life of the system.
Don’t cool the whole neighborhood. Insulate your ductwork and seal air leaks around windows, doors, and fixtures to keep cool air in.