Nothing quite like the heat we get in the Southeast during the summer. If you’ve lived here for a few years or more, you might be ready for it and know what to expect. But, whether you’re new to the South or not, there are some summer tips and tricks for keeping your home cool without breaking the bank. We have the four best ones to help you get your home ready for summer.
Your number one defense against the summer heat is your air conditioner. If you take care of it, it will take care of you. One of the best things you can do for your AC is to make sure it has a clean air filter. The filter traps dust and dirt before it can enter the unit, protecting the equipment and keeping your indoor air cleaner. If the filter is dirty, the HVAC system must work harder to pull in more air for cooling, using more energy and becoming less effective. To ensure a cooler home, change your air filter every 30-90 days.
If you’re home and you want a bright, sunny home, that’s one thing, but if you’re away and you leave your blinds and curtains open, you’re guaranteed to heat up your home. Blocking the sun and adding a layer of insulation against the heat by closing your blinds and curtains can significantly impact on the temperature inside your home and your energy bills. As a result, you’ll be able to cut down on the amount of cooling required to keep your house comfortable, which will also result in lower energy bills.
Upgrading your old thermostat technology to a full-featured programmable or smart thermostat is one of the easiest steps to help your home stay cool this summer. Smart thermostats allow for greater temperature control with programming from the unit or with an app and a WIFI connection. You can also control your energy use in real time, so you know when you can increase your cooling and when you should cut back.
Your heating and cooling system needs regular service to run at peak performance to keep your home comfortable year-round. Regular service includes air conditioning maintenance prepare your home for the summer heat. Spring maintenance includes cleaning, calibrating, testing, lubricating, and inspecting all the components on your air conditioner to ensure they’re in tip-top shape. When you know your AC is running the way it should with this spring service, you cut down on the potential for breakdowns and costly repairs and increase the unit’s ability to keep your home nice and cool all summer long.
Saving money during the summer is often an uphill battle, but doing it while ensuring your home stays cool during the hottest months of the year might feel impossible. The good news is you can use these tips to prepare your home for summer, so you have a cooler house and lower energy bills. Your local reliable HVAC company can help get you going with the things you need. Contact your closest McCall’s Supply, Inc. dealer today to get your home ready for summer!