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7 Energy-Efficient HVAC Strategies for Early Spring

As the cold winter days become rarer and the welcome warmth of early spring takes hold, you may start thinking about how you’ll keep your residence cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is a great time to use energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the warmer months ahead.

Here are seven things to implement today, courtesy of the professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

1. Operate Ceiling Fans 

If you don’t run your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on a terrific opportunity to improve comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel about four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from operating a ceiling fan lets you dial up the thermostat without feeling too hot. Just remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so shut them off when you leave the area.

2. Be Smart With Your Windows 

When it comes to managing your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The key is knowing how to use them correctly based on the weather:

  • On cool but sunny days, pull up the blinds to allow the sunshine in and warm your home naturally.
  • On much warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the home to create a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to rely on your air conditioner to protect against pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to minimize solar heat gain and postpone the need for home cooling.

3. Cook Outside

Using the oven or stovetop raises the indoor temperature, making your cooling system work harder and utilize more energy. Reap the benefits of the stunning spring weather by moving your cooking outdoors. Grilling is an excellent way to get some fresh air while keeping your house cool and comfortable. In addition, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the intense heat and pesky mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean with Efficiency in Mind 

Spring cleaning is a practice that provides a fresh, tidy home just in time for summer weather. You may not know, but spring cleaning is also a time to improve your home’s energy efficiency. As you deep-clean your home, put emphasis on places in your home that impact airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s energy bills. Here are some areas to tackle:

  • • Wipe down ceiling fan blades and set them to rotate counterclockwise.
  • Utilize caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to lower the amount of air leakage.
  • Exchange the HVAC air filter to encourage optimal airflow.
  • Rake away debris from around the outdoor AC unit to improve performance.
  • Clean the coils beneath or behind the refrigerator to reduce the power required to keep your food cold.
  • Clean off light fixtures and replace outdated incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

A seasonal AC check-up prepares your air conditioner for the summer’s high temperatures. While you can do a couple of tasks yourself, such as changing the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outside unit, only a skilled specialist can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Yearly tune-ups can go a long ways to help decrease a home’s energy consumption, promote more reliable performance and make your equipment last longer. Schedule service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring so you can be sure that your system is ready to operate at its best when you need it most.

6. Don’t Forget Your Ducts

Spring is the ideal time to address your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air move to its destination more easily. In addition, thorough duct cleaning removes debris buildup, ensuring air moves smoothly through the system. These ductwork services save energy and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more enjoyable place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Electricity Efficiency  

Consider upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less power without losing performance. Improvements do take an investment, but you can expect substantial electricity bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable home. These improvements also enhance a home’s value if you ever decide to sell the residence. Spring is an opportune time for HVAC updates, as contractors are generally less busy, so that it is easier to schedule the installation at a convenient time for you.   

Count on Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your HVAC Needs in the U.S. this Spring 

For help using any of these recommendations this spring, turn Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We offer affordable, energy-efficient cooling remedies in the U.S. to save you money all year long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can trust us to deliver comfort and a secure feeling in your home. For expert service that makes a real difference in your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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