Remington College Cleveland Campus offers HVAC summer tips
Summer is here, bringing plenty of heat and sunshine with it. While this is always welcome after a long winter, it’s important to have your heating and cooling unit working efficiently and at peak performance. Not only will this ensure your comfort, but it’ll also help you knock some dollars off of your monthly bill.
Here are a few things you can do to make sure your HVAC system is ready for summer:
1. Clean or change the air filter. Not only is this the easiest maintenance function to perform, but it can also lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent. Wash your reusable filter or replace your disposable filter once a month throughout the summer.
2. Clear the drain. A clogged drain can cause your unit to work harder to send out less cool air.
3. Remove vegetation around the outdoor unit. So your unit can pull in air, make sure all vegetation is at least two feet away.
4. Use a programmable thermostat. Smart thermostats are game-changers when it comes to saving money. With them, you can set your house temperature to be warmer when you’re away and more comfortable when you’re home. You can even control the temperature from your smartphone and home voice assistants.
5. Schedule a tune-up. Although do-it-yourself maintenance can help your HVAC system run more smoothly, it doesn’t replace routine tune-ups. Local HVAC professionals can identify problems that you may have missed and save you more money in the long run.
6. Ceiling fans cool people not rooms. Ceiling fans can make a room more comfortable, but remember that they should always be turned off when the room is not occupied.
7. Check for free home energy assessments. Reach out to your local power company for an energy audit to check for leaks through doors, windows, the ceiling and the roof.
8. Beat the heat with curtains. Add window coverings (curtains, blinds and shades) to reduce heat gained from incoming sunlight.
9. Enjoy some outdoor cooking. Ovens and stovetops can heat up your home. During hot days, use an outside grill to prepare meals. Dishwashers, dryers and desktop computers can also cause inside temperatures to rise.