For many people, spring is their favorite time of the year. It’s no surprise really, as outside temperatures are typically warm and comfortable well into the evening. The cold, miserable days of winter are a distant memory, and the sweltering days of summer still seem far away. As tempting as it can be to simply kick up your heels and waste away the spring, right now is actually the perfect time to start thinking about how to increase your energy efficiency.
Effectively cooling an older home in the summer can be both challenging and expensive. However, with a little preparation in the spring, you can significantly increase your energy savings and efficiency during the summer. During the spring you should:
- Thoroughly inspect your central air unit
- Replace or clean air filters
- Inspect exposed ducts for poor seals
- Replace or repair fan belts that are worn
- Trim brush and shrubbery away from the outside air condenser
- Schedule a tune-up for your air conditioning system
Drafts are the easiest and most common way that homeowners lose cool air inside their homes. Drafts can easily be located by walking around your home holding a lit candle. When there is a draft present, the flame will flicker wildly. It’s important to remember that drafts can originate from unexpected places such as electrical outlets, recessed lighting and registers in floors and ceilings. Drafts can also come from the exterior of your home if it isn’t properly sealed. Make sure that you properly seal up everything before you even need to turn on your air conditioning system this summer.
In addition to weather-stripping, adequate insulation can significantly lower your energy bills during the summer. Installing proper insulation in your attic, crawlspaces and basement can also greatly increase the comfort inside your home when temperatures outside begin to soar.
One of the very best ways to improve your energy efficiency this spring is to schedule a spring tune up for your air conditioning system. Homeowners that schedule regular, seasonal tune ups for their HVAC systems experience far less interruptions with their cooling systems during extreme temperatures. A seasonal tune up increases the HVAC system’s energy efficiency and helps homeowners identify potential problems before they can become a major issue.
Blanton’s Heating and Air can help you cool your home efficiently and affordably this spring and summer. They offer high quality cooling systems, maintenance and emergency repairs to the residents of Fayetteville, NC. For more information please contact them today.