10 Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer
As the heat of summer fast approaches, just be aware there are some thing you can do that will help to cool the inside of the house without costing you a fortune. Take advantage of some of these 10 simple ways to prepare your home for the summer heat.
1. Installing Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a low cost way to circulate air inside the home and make the room feel more comfortable. These units are very affordable, and many homes are already hard-wired for them for a quick installation.
2. Darkening Blinds
Switch out those dated plastic blinds with new darkening blinds. They reduce the direct sunlight from entering rooms and lessen the interior temperature without lowering the thermostat.
3. Replace Air Filter
Now is the time to remove and replace the air filter in your home HVAC system. A cleaner filter will allow the unit to run more efficiently.
4. Install an Attic Fan
The attic air temperature in the dead of summer can be well in excess of 100 degrees. The attic fan will suck out that heat and cool the house from within.
5. Clean the HVAC Outside Fan
Turn off the power and open the outside fan cover to remove any twigs, branches, leaves, or nests that may have gathered during the long cold winter.
6. Repair Window Screens
When the cooler nights allow you to open the windows, make certain your screens are repaired so every insect in your neighborhood doesn’t enter the home.
7. Preventative Maintenance
Call your local HVAC repair company to do a tune-up for your cooling system. The more efficient the unit runs, the lower your utility bills will be this summer.
8. Seal All Leaks
Inspect the window and doors in the house, and repair or replace any caulk that is weathered or worn, allowing cool air to escape the house.
9. Turning on the AC
This may sound simple, but many people forget to switch the thermostat from heat to cool. Now is the time to test your thermostat and adjust the setting for the hotter summer days.
10. Cleaning Your Air Ducts
Allergens that have accumulated in the air ducts will easily be blown into the home once the air conditioning is running. Have the ducts professionally cleaned to improve the air quality inside the house.
Don’t let cooling costs suck the fun out of summer. Call Allan E Power Plumbing Heating and Cooling at (708) 352-1670 for greener HVAC services in the La Grange area!