Easy Steps to Achieve Summer Home Comfort

With the heat of summer now upon us, staying cool is priority one. In order to ensure that you are getting maximum efficiency from your central air conditioning system, it is important to keep your system running in top condition for complete summer home comfort.

Steps for Summer Home Comfort

 

Taking the following steps will help you attain efficiency and maximum savings on your utility bill. 

1) Schedule a Professional A/C Maintenance Check

 

Getting an annual tune-up for your A/C system goes a long way in preserving the longevity and efficiency of your HVAC system. When you schedule an air conditioner tune up you can expect that an HVAC technician will follow the guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program as follows: 

  • Check thermostat settings 
  • Tighten/check all electrical connections 
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Check and inspect the condensate drain 
  • Check system controls 
  • Clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils
  • Check system refrigerant level 
  • Clean and adjust blower components 

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2) Seal and Insulate Ductwork

 

Leaking air ducts can rob you of the comfortable home environment you deserve. Air leaking from ducts is air that will not reach the air register vents in your home. This can result in excessive utility bills, yet it is an easy-to-solve problem. 

With a home ductwork inspection, your HVAC professional should be able to tell you where the leaks are occurring in the system. There are many methods that can be employed to seal ductwork, which includes using mastic tape and metal tape. 

Sealing your ductwork can also help prevent dangerous backdrafts of gasses like carbon monoxide, which presents a health hazard for you and your family. 

3) Keep Your Humidifier Off

 

In the winter months, your humidifier helps to add moisture to the cool, dry air that can cause many health discomforts. However, in the summer months, adding moisture to the air will result in your home feeling warmer than it should.

Why? Moisture holds heat and works against your air conditioning system, which is designed to remove moisture from the air. Using a humidifier with the A/C on will only reduce your home's comfort while you try to stay cool and dry. 

4) Other Tips for Staying Comfortable

 

During the heat of the day, there are other measures you can take to maximize summer home comfort, and they do not cost you anything but your time. Many of these ideas will reduce added heat in the home. 

  • Turn off lights you don’t need 
  • Avoid using the oven during the hottest part of the day
  • Cook outdoors on the grill
  • Consider not using your clothes dryer until the evening
  • Keep your curtains and shades pulled closed during the hottest part of the day
  • Turn on a ceiling fan in the room you are using.

Give Your System a Break!

 

There are other steps you can take to stay cool as well. When evening temperatures drop and a breeze is present, give your A/C a break by turning it off. Partially open a window at opposite ends of your home and turn some fans on to help air circulate through your home. This works well if you have a whole house fan to pull fresh outdoor air into your home. 

Taking steps to improve summer home comfort is a simple chore. Following these simple steps, including keeping your system tuned-up annually and making sure that your ductwork is not leaking will save you money and provide the comfort you desire from your central air conditioning investment. 

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