As the summer heat begins to rise, most people are eager to lower the temperatures in their homes to compensate. While keeping temperatures cool can be a matter of safety and comfort, blasting the AC all day long can send utility costs soaring. But, there are things that you can do to help lower costs without having to suffer in the heat.
If you don’t like the number on your bill every month, use these energy-efficiency tips from Spoor's Heating & Air Conditioning.
Contact our HVAC company to schedule AC services or for more information on how we can keep your heating and cooling system running optimally all year-round.
Also, check out our evaporative cooler services for a refreshing option to keep you and your family cooler during the summer months.
Improve The HVAC’s Function
Ensure your HVAC system can work properly by regularly changing the air filter and keeping the outdoor unit clear of debris with a minimum two-foot clearance on all sides. When the filter is clogged with dust and other particulates or isn’t the correct MERV rating for the system, it can’t pull air efficiently. The same principle applies to the outdoor unit. If it’s surrounded by clutter, clogged with dirt, or doesn’t have enough clearance space, it will struggle to pull air, causing it to run for longer without doing an effective job of cooling. Investing in an automatic thermostat can also help maintain temperatures throughout the day so you’re less likely to leave it at a lower temperature throughout the day.
While fans don’t actually cool the air, the increased circulation aids the AC in cooling faster. The increased airflow can also make it feel like the temperature is actually cooler than it is. And, a good quality ceiling fan actually doesn’t use much electricity. The important thing to note is which direction the air is blowing. Most ceiling fans have a switch at their base to turn the direction they spin from clockwise to counterclockwise. Set the airflow to counterclockwise in the summer to pull air from the top and blow downwards onto you. Switch this setting to clockwise during the winter to pull cool air from below and displace warm air that gathers at the ceiling.
Seal Your Home
Homes develop cracks and air leaks over time. Even newer homes may not be as efficient at retaining cool air as you might hope. Air sealing will not only keep cool air in during the summer but will get rid of warm air. It will also keep the home warm during the winter, translating to savings throughout the whole year. Make sure the attic and air ducts are sealed to reduce the loss of cool air. You can also have windows and doors sealed, or you can try a DIY approach with caulk or weatherstripping.
Be Aware Of Other Heat-Producing Sources
Depending on the type of lighting and appliances in your home, they might be generating more heat than you realize. Using energy-efficient options throughout your home can reduce the extra amount of heat created. Switch out incandescent light bulbs with newer light bulbs that run cooler. Invest in certified energy-efficient models for larger appliances such as the washing machine, dryer, stove, and dishwasher. While upgrading appliances might be a long-term goal due to the initial cost, you can avoid using these appliances when temperatures are at their highest.
Maintain The HVAC System
It’s also important to schedule routine HVAC maintenance done by professionals. During the inspection, our team will lubricate moving parts, clean dirty components, and calibrate the blower while taking a closer look at the connections, voltage, lines, fins, pans, coils, and refrigerant levels. Air conditioning maintenance will keep the unit running smoothly all year round. When you need AC repair, don’t be stuck in the heat — trust the HVAC technicians at Spoor's Heating & Air Conditioning!