As the hot summer months arrive, we begin to dread the seemingly unavoidable increase in our energy bill. Hotter outside temperatures force us to rely more heavily on our HVAC system. This may seem like the only way to achieve some relief from the hot summer air. However, it can negatively impact your HVAC system, causing it to run inefficiently and potentially causing damage in the long run.Luckily, there are several ways to save energy while keeping your system running efficiently. Here are a few of the things we like to recommend to help our clients care for their HVAC system and reduce energy costs while enjoying a comfortable living space:Schedule An HVAC Maintenance VisitTo properly control the temperature within your home, your HVAC system must be working properly. Scheduling an HVAC maintenance visit with one of our experienced technicians is something that every homeowner should do in anticipation of summertime.During a maintenance visit, our technician will ensure that each element of your system is working effectively and efficiently. This will not only reduce your energy bills but will also eliminate the potential for frustrating repairs in the middle of summer.Replace Your Air FilterWhen your air filter is dirty, the entire HVAC system is affected. Replacing your air filter regularly will allow your system to work efficiently and provide you with a comfortable space at any time of the year.The average homeowner in Huntsville should replace their system’s air filter every 30-60 days. There are, however, several factors that may require you to change your air filter more regularly. You can read more about changing your home’s air filter here.Change Your Thermostat SettingsOur first reaction to an uncomfortable temperature in our homes is to simply adjust the thermostat. While this certainly does the job, even a difference of a few degrees can increase your energy bill over time.Try raising the temperature setting on your thermostat by 5 degrees. To combat this change in temperature, simply rely more heavily on ceiling fans and window treatments. Closing the blinds during the hottest part of the day will keep your home cool and give your HVAC system a much- deserved break.If you work during the day, consider programming your thermostat accordingly. This will allow you to come home from work to a relaxing space while saving energy throughout the day.Adjust Your Habits During the SummertimeThere are many home appliances that we use daily that generate excess heat. If you find that your home is too warm in the middle of the day, try to avoid using the oven or dryer during those hours. Instead, adjust your habits to using home appliances like these during the cooler parts of the day.Equipped with these easy tips, you will be able to reduce your energy bill this summer. This will not only benefit your wallet and the environment but will also ensure that your HVAC system can run efficiently all summer long. To schedule an HVAC maintenance visit, or learn more about an energy-efficient system, contact our team here!
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