How To Save Money With Your HVAC System This Summer
June 9th, 2022 by cverdone
An HVAC system is very much appreciated throughout the year. You definitely enjoy it in the summer when we’re talking about air conditioning. This is understandable when it’s hot and humid out and you need to maintain indoor comfort. The upside is you can still save money with your HVAC system this summer if it’s energy-efficient. Boost your odds of achieving this goal by considering the tips and suggestions below.
Check and Replace the Filter
An HVAC system is going to be more energy-efficient if the filter isn’t dirty or blocked in other ways. At the very least, check it before summer starts or when the warmer months arrive. If it’s dirty, either change it or clean it if you have a reusable one. During the summer, you should change your air conditioning filter every 1-2 months.
Make Sure Your AC Is Ready to Go
You’ll also save money in the summer if your air conditioning system is ready to handle regular usage. You can help with this by taking some smaller steps with routine maintenance. The ones we recommend include:
- Clearing away any debris from the outside unit
- Hosing down the outside unit
- Making sure there isn’t a lamp or hot TV set near your thermostat that throws off settings
- Vacuuming air vents
- Checking and cleaning the fins and coils on the outside unit
Use Your Thermostat
Get into the habit of setting your thermostat to a high, yet comfortable level to save money over the summer. It’s also a good idea to consider a smart thermostat for your HVAC system. These thermostats are more energy-efficient than what’s common with a standard thermostat. Some models also learn your comfort preferences so it can make the proper changes.
Help Your AC Out with Fans
By themselves, fans only move air around but they don’t cool. But, you can save money this summer if you combine fans with your home’s cooling system. When you run ceiling fans while your AC is on, you’re helping it circulate cooled air throughout your home. A related step you can take is to use a dehumidifier to lower humidity levels in your home and ease the burden on your AC.
Make Some Strategic Home Adjustments
You can also save money this summer if you make a few adjustments here and there in your home. One way you can do this is by swapping out any incandescent bulbs you’re still using with LED ones. LEDs emit less heat as they operate, and they’re much more energy-efficient. You’ll also save money with your HVAC system by making an effort to:
- Close blinds/curtains in bright and sunny rooms during the day
- Using “cooler” cooking methods such as your microwave or a slow cooker instead of your oven
- Unplugging electronics you’re not using since these things generate heat
- Sealing any air leaks in your home
Call Us Today
Want to save even more money this summer with your HVAC system? Contact a trusted local HVAC professional from Thornton Heating Services. If you notice any signs of a problem, we are here to help. Even if this isn’t the case, we recommend scheduling a routine HVAC checkup.
It’s a money-saving way to keep your comfort system as energy-efficient as possible. It is also helpful to spot smaller issues early. Call us today for prompt, expert attention from an experienced HVAC Professional.