Author: Sophia Klemenz

How To Lower AC Energy Costs This Summer

Summer is slowly (and unfortunately) wrapping up! But–use these tips now and carry them into next summer!

Don’t Stop and Start Your AC Repeatedly

It takes your AC about 5-7 minutes before it reaches peak efficiency. So, let it run for a little bit longer, and once you’re comfortable, than turn it off.

Open Doors and Vents

With closed doors and vents, this adds barriers. Barriers can build up pressure in certain rooms of your home. As this pressure builds, your AC will have to work harder resulting in making it less efficient.

If energy usage is your top priority in these hot summer months, we recommend getting an AC tune up. This could save you money and time down the line!

 

Run your AC Efficiently with These Tips

Stay cool, but energy efficient!

1. Keep windows and doors closed

Every time you open and close your windows or doors when your AC is running, you’re letting the cool air out and the warm air in! This forces your AC to cycle on and work even harder to maintain the comfort of your home. Keeping windows and doors closed when the AC is running will help your unit work more efficiently in keeping your home cool.

2. Weatherize doors & windows

Make sure there are no leaks of any size in your attics, or around your windows or doors. These small gaps and holes can let cold air out and warm air in. Fixing these small leaks and weatherizing your doors and windows will allow your unit to work best.

3. Shade the Condenser

If your condenser is in direct sunlight, it gets hot! The hotter it gets, the harder that the condenser has to work to keep your home cool. Although you should give it shade, make sure to remember that you don’t want to surround your unit or block any air flow. Just provide it with a nice, shady spot!

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Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

5 Summer Maintenance Tips

Memorial day just passed which means it’s a straight shot to the summer months!

Yippie! With summer on the horizon, we’d love to share our five favorite maintenance tips that will keep you cool all summer long.

1. Replace/clean your air filter

Air filters allow your HVAC system to work efficiently and effectively. Cleaning or replacing it will make sure your HVAC can produce the coldest air to keep your home cool this summer.

2. Upgrade your thermostat

Smart thermostats like nest allow you to control your home’s temperature from your phone, allowing you to turn it on and off when you need it. Smart thermostats allow you to turn it on and off from anywhere, which could save you $ on your next energy bill–and who doesn’t like saving some cash?

3.  Clean up the area around your unit

Clear and clean out any mulch, leaves or other yard debris. When you are cleaning and prepping your yard for those summer barbeques–don’t neglect your HVAC.

4. Seal up those leaks!

Check those windows and doors to see if/where that precious cool air may be leaking! Make sure your insulation is adequate–without correct insulation, your unit will have to work much harder to cool down your home.

5. Schedule with the Professionals

HVAC systems are complex and require skilled and trained professionals to diagnose and treat issues. We will make sure your home is cool all summer long!

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