Summer is here along with the scorching heat. For homes, this means ramping up the air conditioner. Most homeowners, though, also fear drastically higher utility bills. The good news is you can keep the cost to a minimum by following some simple summer HVAC tips.
1. Change the Filter
Changing the air filter is one of the few acceptable summer air conditioning maintenance practices for DIYers. If the AC uses a disposable filter, change it at least once a month. Change it more often if you have pets or are a smoker. Too much dust restricts the flow of cool air.
2. Use a Programmable Thermostat
Manage your HVAC with smart technology. Customize your summer air conditioning schedule even when you’re not at home. If nobody’s home, use your mobile device to switch off the AC. Alternatively, turn it down and let the indoor temperature rise a bit.
3. Use Fans
We especially recommend ceiling fans. Here’s a little-known trick: set the fan to rotate clockwise during summer. This causes air to flow downward instead of flowing upwards where it warms the upper levels of the home.
4. Utilize Curtain and Drapes
How is heat making its way indoors? Heat enters when sunrays penetrate the windows. This causes the HVAC to work harder to combat the incoming heat. Incorporate blinds and drapes and completely conceal the windows to block out sunrays.
5. Reduce Appliance Heat
Unbeknownst to most homeowners, appliances are the biggest generators of indoor heat, which subsequently forces the AC to work harder. Instead of using your oven, for example, consider using an outdoor appliance like a backyard grill.
Apply These Summer HVAC Tips Today
The warmest time of year is upon us. Call All Points Heating to find out if your HVAC is in tiptop shape. Improve indoor air quality this season by following these summer HVAC tips for maximum home comfort.
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