Spring is finally here, and it’s time to get your home ready for warmer weather. Deep house cleanings and swapping storm windows for screens are par for the course when it comes to spring preparations. This year, consider adding some simple energy-saving to-dos to your list to keep your home comfortable and your energy bills down.
To-Do #1. Call for an A/C Tune-Up
You may be great at keeping up with your annual heating system maintenance, but did you know your cooling equipment benefits from annual maintenance, too? An A/C tune-up reduces the risk of a system breakdown, extends the shelf life of your equipment, and improves your home’s comfort with even and efficient cooling. An annual A/C tune-up also saves you money—a system that runs efficiently can cut your summer energy bills by 10%. Additionally, having your local HVAC professional replace or clean your A/C system’s filters can lower your energy consumption by another 5-10%!
Using a bathroom fan while you shower improves the comfort level in your home by drawing out excess heat and humidity. Plus, removing the excess moisture from the air in the bathroom cuts down on mold growth, which translates to better indoor air quality—and better health for your family.
To-Do #3. Buy Window Treatments
Adding curtains or shades to windows in your home are more than design elements—they can also help with your energy bills. When it’s hot and sunny outside, keep your window treatments closed. Heat from the sun’s rays streaming through a window can quickly raise the temperature in your home, causing your A/C to work harder. Block those rays to keep excess heat out.
To-Do #4. Add Ceiling Fans
Did you know that a room’s ceiling fan can help you save energy while your air conditioner is running? Turning on a ceiling fan in conjunction with your A/C system lets you raise the temperature on your thermostat by about four degrees without changing the comfort level in the room. Ceiling fans are great at night, too, when the air is naturally cooler. Turn off your A/C, open your windows, and create a breeze with your ceiling fan for a pleasant night’s sleep.
To-Do #5. Seal Air Leaks
If you notice any small cracks around your doors or windows, there’s a good chance that your home is leaking air. Prevent warm air from invading your home by caulking any cracks. This seemingly small step can have a positive impact on your home energy costs!
Take the first step on your spring to-do list and contact the home comfort experts at Patriot Heating and Cooling to schedule your A/C tune-up today!