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Flowers are blooming, trees are leafing out, and our days are getting longer. Spring has officially begun, and that means the summer heat will be here before you know it. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do to ensure your AC is running efficiently while keeping your home cool and comfortable during the hot summer months ahead.

Change your air filter.

We recommend that you change your air filter every month during the summer and winter and every two to three months during the spring and fall. This will reduce the dust and debris circulating throughout your home and will improve the efficiency of your comfort system. A good rule of thumb: if you can’t see light through it, replace it.

Clean your bathroom fans.

We recommend that you take off your bathroom fan covers, wash them in soapy water, and use an old toothbrush to clean the crevices and fan blades. Be sure to run your fans after you shower to keep humidity levels down.

Unblock all air vents.

To maximize the airflow throughout your home, move any furniture or rugs that may be covering air vents.

Close the blinds or curtains.

During the heat of the day, on your south- and west-facing windows, block the sun’s rays from heating up those rooms.

Use fans.

When you’re in the room, the air movement will feel cooler on your skin and allow you to set the thermostat up a degree or two and still be comfortable. Remember to set your ceiling fans to turn counterclockwise in summer.

Fire up the grill.

Your oven and stovetop can really heat up a room. Cooking outside is a great way to get some fresh air and helps save money on your cooling costs.

Load it up.

Your home’s major appliances produce a lot of heat. Conserve energy and keep your AC from working harder than necessary by running full loads in the dishwasher and laundry.

Install a programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat could save you up to 10% a year on heating and cooling costs. Setting an efficient schedule will ensure your home is cool when you arrive home but not working harder than necessary while you’re away.

Seal the gaps.

One of the most effective ways to save energy is to seal air leaks in the home. Your AC has to work harder to counteract unconditioned air from gaps in doors, windows, attics, and basements. Caulk and seal cracks or openings in window frames, doors, and around the openings in attics and basements.

Schedule AC maintenance.

Routine maintenance will increase your energy efficiency, maintain the life span of your equipment, and reduce the risk of a costly breakdown.

We are looking forward to warm sunny days and are always here to help make sure your home is ready for summer.

Call (919) 890-7789 or schedule your appointment today!

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