I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
Tired of having your air conditioner on for what seems like 24 hours a day during the hot summer months? Here are three easy things you can do to reduce your air conditioning usage this coming summer:
Move Furniture Away From the Windows
When couches and chairs are kept near your windows during the summer, the heat from the sun can penetrate through the windows and make your household members feel warmer than they should while lounging around the house. When this happens, the chances are that at least one person in the household will want to turn the air conditioner up to create a more comfortable and consistent temperature indoors.
By moving your furniture away from the windows, you'll keep your household members cooler during the summer months when they spend time inside so unnecessary wear, and tear won't be put on your air conditioning system. And the UV rays from the sun won't have a chance to fade or damage your furniture.
Set Canopies up in Front of Unprotected Doors
Any doors in your home that aren't connected to a covered porch or patio should be protected with a pop-up canopy during the summer months. A canopy will shade the immediate exterior of your door space and keep things cooler so that the air that sneaks inside when someone enters or exits isn't as hot as the actual temperature outside.
This will help make it easier for your air conditioner to keep things comfortable indoors, and it won't have to work extra hard to do so. And with canopies set up outside your doors providing a cool place to hang out, family members will be more likely to spend more time outside during the summer days, and the air conditioner can take a break once in awhile.
Schedule Maintenance for Your HVAC System
One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your air conditioner works optimally during the summer months is to schedule a professional maintenance appointment with an experienced service provider before the season starts. Your technician will tune everything and make sure all of your air conditioner's components are working properly.
They'll catch any small problems that might be present so they can be addressed before an actual break down occurs. And they'll freshen things up with a filter change and possibly even air duct cleaning if it's needed. Making sure that your air conditioner is tune up and well maintained will ensure that it can do its job quickly and efficiently, so you can use it less often without sacrificing comfortable indoor temperatures.Share
11 February 2018