5 Tips to Prep Your Home for Summer
It’s May, the weather is changing, and we’re getting close to the summer season. This means it’s time for homeowners to take the steps to make sure their homes are prepared. At Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we believe that preparation is a big deal and it can go a long way, but not just to making sure your home is cool. There’s much more to it than that, especially in the hot months of summer.
Most people don’t think about certain parts of their home until it may be too late. How does this affect the way you prepare your home for the summer? Well, summer prep involves maintenance, repairs if necessary, new installations, and even cleaning certain components. Our HVAC technicians are more than prepared to help customers throughout Ohio and Indiana with all their needs to make sure they are ready to keep cool this summer.
1. Check Insulation and Air Filters
When you really break down the way an air conditioner works, you would understand why insulation and air filters are such big factors in keeping your home cool. Some individuals may feel that once they turn on the air conditioner, it’s going to work no problem. However, without proper air filters or insulation, you may not experience the cool air you need. A dirty air filter can prevent the cold air from passing through into the home, and bad insulation can let heat from the outside in while letting the cold air out, making your air conditioner work harder. This could cause an increase in energy bills and potential problems in the future.
2. Consider a Programmable Thermostat
You set the thermostat in the morning, you go about your day, and you come home to the air conditioner still running. This is great for keeping a cool home, but it can do a lot of damage to your energy bill. Not only that, your unit is working more often and may need maintenance or repairs more often as a result. A programmable thermostat will allows you to adjust the temperature so the air conditioner isn’t running too much while you are gone and keeps you comfortable when you’re home.
3. Think About Your Air Ducts
Most people may not even think twice about their air ducts and how they can affect their home. They should know that these are actually very important, because they can affect more than just your home; they can impact the health of your family. This may be a bit confusing to some, but air ducts are often home to dust, pollen, dirt, allergens, bacteria, and more. When you turn your air on, these things can get picked up by the airflow and enter your home causing trouble for your entire family. By properly cleaning the air ducts, you can eliminate the bacteria and use your air conditioning without worrying about bacteria flying around in your home.
4. Energy Efficient Options
Is your home sporting an older air conditioning unit? Does it sometimes break down on you or require a lot of repairs? This is the perfect time to consider some more energy efficient options to install in your home. You can install an energy efficient air conditioning unit that can work better and save you money on expensive bills. There are plenty of options out there, and if you combine them with a programmable thermostat you can make sure your home stays cool and keep your energy costs low.
5. Perform Regular Maintenance
Your air conditioner unit may sit for a long period of time in the cold winter, so before you turn it on again, you need to make sure that it’s ready to go. This means performing regular maintenance on it and having a professional check it out, not just taking a quick look. A professional HVAC technician can take the time to check the unit itself as well as all components such as condensing coils, filters, the fan, and more. During the winter, dirt can build up on the components—especially if not covered properly—and can make it more difficult for your air conditioning to actually work. This requires cleaning before running the unit so it doesn’t waste energy and cause issues.
There are a number of other ways you can make sure your home is ready for the summer such as fixing any leaks in windows, caulking around doors, using fans in certain rooms, and making sure your windows have the optimal coverings — inside or out. Whichever way you choose to keep the heat out, you may benefit from reaching out to a professional team of HVAC technicians who can explain the best options for you.
At Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we know what it takes to get your home cool in the summer and keep it there. We also want to make sure you don’t have to pay an excessively high energy bill and / or deal with the trouble of bad indoor air quality. When you call us, you can trust that the team coming to help you is dedicated to making sure you are happy with everything we do. Call our company for HVAC service in Ohio or Indiana and experience the Summers difference.