Summer is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to crank up the AC. You’ll want to withstand the heat and humidity that a Hoover, AL, summer can bring. Running the AC is bound to increase your monthly energy bills, but there are things you can do to temper the financial damage. Use the following tips to prepare your home for summer AC bills.
Clean Your Air Filters
If your air filters are clear, air can circulate freely through the HVAC system, creating an efficient system with the cleanest air possible. Dirt and debris in air filters create a blockage. This forces the compressor to work much harder than it needs to, running up your energy bills all summer long.
Running ceiling fans in your house allow you to run your thermostat four degrees higher than if there were no fans. Fans cool people not the air.
As fans move the air inside your home, they create a wind-chill effect, evaporating the perspiration on your skin, making you feel cooler. Imagine the reduction in energy used with increased efficiency for four straight months. Remember to have ceiling fans turning in the right direction.
Direct sunlight can raise the temperature in the air drastically. Be sure to close the blinds or draperies on the side of your house that is receiving direct sunlight throughout the day.
Keep Your HVAC System in Good Working Order
An air conditioner can’t properly cool a home if it isn’t working optimally. The following are signs you need to have your HVAC system repaired or replaced before summer.
- Weak airflow
- Patchy cooling
- Strange noises while running
- Never seems cool enough
- Thermostat constantly in recovery rode
If you live in Hoover, AL, and are concerned with your air conditioning bills this summer, contact us today at One Source Heating & Cooling to schedule a maintenance or repair appointment.
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