The summer heat can be brutal. You may be thinking about sunscreen and barbeques, it’s not just you that needs to gear up for summer. You have to make sure your home is ready, as well. The good news is, there are a few tips you can use to get your home ready for the summer heat – and beyond.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
This is one of those popular “smart” devices you have likely heard all about. Now is the time to consider investing in it. With this device in place, you can set automatic temperature controls to ensure the highest levels of energy efficiency and comfort. You will also be able to control the thermostat from a smart device, which lets you make adjustments, as needed.
Replace Your Air Filter
The air filter in your HVAC system gets much more use during the summer months than any other time of the year. It’s best to check the filter every 30 days (or so) through the summer months. Be sure you replace it as needed.
Landscape Your Yard Properly
Do you have a green thumb? If so, now is the time to strategically plat leafy trees and shrubs close to the windows in your home. This is a great way to prevent the windows from transferring too much heat into your home. This will help you maintain the temperature in your home, which can also help reduce your cooling costs, while reducing wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Install Window Coverings
If you can’t use nature to benefit your home, another way to keep too much sunlight from coming inside your home is to install screen shades or awnings on the exterior of your home. This will provide you with much-needed shades during the hottest months of the year.
Update the Insulation in Your Home
Be sure you pay attention to your attic along with the levels in between the unconditioned and conditioned parts of your home. Additional insulation can be put on top of your existing material. However, it’s a good idea to contact a professional to help with this.
Clean the Refrigerator Coils
Refrigerators can result in higher than normal energy usage. This is especially the case if they are not operating efficiently. If you want to achieve the best performance possible from your unit, be sure to dust it off and clean the condensing coils regularly.
Use Ceiling Fans
A ceiling fan works to pull warm air up near the ceiling and then push it back down the walls to simulate the effect of a cool breeze. If you want to ensure you achieve this effect, make sure your fan is spinning in a counterclockwise rotation.
Remember, it is your air conditioner you will rely on all summer long to ensure that your home remains cool and comfortable. As a result, it is also a good idea to hire a professional technician to provide regular updates and repairs. Contact Beebe today!