With temperatures already reaching the mid-80s in the past few weeks, some locals have been scrambling to find AC Repairs in Charlotte when they realize that their home isn’t staying cool enough. Preparing for the hot weather is something we often overlook as homeowners, and usually end up waiting too long to take action until it’s already too late. Being stuck in a hot, stuffy home isn’t a pleasant experience – and we don’t want anyone to be uncomfortable this Spring! Below are some tips we have compiled that can help keep your home cool & energy costs down these next few months.
HVAC Tips For Lower Energy Costs
- Add weatherstripping to your exterior doors. Not only does this keep the interior of your home quieter, it will also help keep cool air from escaping. Homeowners that install quality weatherstripping have seen a 10% – 15% decrease on their energy bill as well.
- Keep your blinds and curtains closed while the sun is out. Up to 30% of unwanted heat enters your home through your windows. Keeping out this extra heat will also allow your HVAC system to work less since it isn’t fighting against the sun. (More energy bill savings!)
- Set your ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise. This forces the air in your room downwards to give you a wind chill effect. In the Winter, your fans should run clockwise to force warm air downwards.
- Look into a smart thermostat for your home. This new technology considers multiple factors such as indoor/outdoor temperature, humidity, and air quality to adjust your HVAC system for optimal efficiency and comfort. It also uses GPS on your smartphone to know when you are leaving and coming home, adjusting your system accordingly to save the most on your energy bill each month.
At the end of the day, your HVAC system is what cools your home. If your home still isn’t cool enough after trying these tips, you may want to look into an AC maintenance or even an AC unit replacement. Patterson Heating & Air Conditioning is committed to excellence, and will make sure that your family stays comfortable this season!