As we head into the summer months in New England, we should take some time to ensure we can remain comfortable when the very hot and humid weather arrives. So although summer means spending more time outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, we also want to remain comfortable inside. Here are some tips on how to keep your house cool and comfortable once the summer heat begins.
Schedule maintenance on your HVAC system
To ensure that your air conditioning systems operates optimally, schedule an inspection and maintenance of your system now. You probably aren’t using your AC yet, so it’s good to get any issues resolved before the hot weather. HVAC companies get really busy during the peak times with breakdowns and emergencies due to malfunctioning systems.
Change the HVAC Filters
As part of your maintenance, replacing old filters can ensure you help your system run at full capacity and provide as much cold air as possible. Particles from the air build up in the filters. Clean air filters can decrease an air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent. Consult an experienced maintenance professional to understand the best time to cycle out filters.
Clean and inspect your air vents
Be sure that your wall and/or floor registers aren’t blocked by curtains, furniture or clutter. Blocked vents prevent cool air from circulating properly throughout your home. This could cause uneven temperatures in different rooms, possibly causing your AC to run inefficiently.
Another common issue that affects air conditioning efficiency is clogged or dirty vents. Remove dust, dirt, pet hair, and other debris that may be blocking vents.
Also make sure that the vents are open. Sometimes they are be partially or completely closed. Opening them can help you improve air flow and your overall indoor comfort.
Clean and inspect your ducts
Depending on how long it’s been since you cleaned the ducts, you may want to have professional remove dust, dirt, and debris from within the air ducts of your home. Not only will this prevent dust build-up in your air vents throughout the house, but it also helps ensure that your HVAC system is running at optimal performance levels.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A smart thermostat will handle the indoor temperatures at the appropriate times. By setting the times when you need the temperatures cooler and raising them when you are not around, these automatic settings help save money on energy costs without sacrificing comfort.
Check your insulation
If your home feels warmer than it should even with the air conditioner running, you may need to install more insulation to avoid losing cold air. Adding more insulation will help keep the cool air in and the hot air out. Plus, insulation will pay off in the winter as well, keeping the temperature of your home steady all year round. A professional HVAC company can help you determine if your home needs more insulation and install it for you.
Make use of your ceiling fans
Running your ceiling fan counterclockwise allows it to push cool air down into the room. Rotating your fans in this direction also helps draw moisture out of the air. If you run your ceiling fans counterclockwise any time that you’re also running your air conditioning, you will cool your home more efficiently. Run them at a low speed to provide a comfortable downdraft and help redistribute cool air throughout the room.
Keep your house cool
- Cook outdoors on the grill – Running the oven or stove can heat up your kitchen. Keep your house cool by taking advantage of the nice weather to cook out on the grill.
- Close doors and seal gaps – Close doors to rooms you aren’t using to keep cool air where you need it most. Seal gaps around doors and windows to ensure the cool air can’t escape.
- Block the sun – As much as we love to let the light in and have sun streaming through the window, resist the temptation and keep curtains and blinds closed during the day.
- Open doors and windows in the morning and at night – Keeping air moving through your home is better than letting it remain still. Open windows at opposite ends of your home with the doors open in between to create a draft and allow air to move freely through your home.
Is your home ready for summer? Start now to taking care of all of these important tasks before you are distracted with the nice weather and just want to be outside having fun. It’s also good practice to get your HVAC maintenance done now rather than waiting for problems to occur. Contact us if you want to schedule maintenance on your air conditioning system.