7 Energy-Efficient HVAC Strategies for Early Spring

As the cold winter days become rarer and the mild warmth of early spring takes hold, you may start thinking about how you’ll keep your residence cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is a great time to adopt energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the warmer months ahead.

Here are seven ideas to implement today, courtesy of the professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

1. Use Ceiling Fans 

If you don’t use your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on a terrific opportunity to improve comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel roughly four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from operating a ceiling fan enables you to turn up the thermostat without getting uncomfortable. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so switch them off when no one is in the room.

2. Be Smart With Your Windows 

On the subject of regulating your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The key is learning how to use them properly based on what the temperature is outdoors:

  • On cool but sunny days, pull up the blinds to let the sunshine in so it can warm your home naturally.
  • On warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the dwelling to generate a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to use your AC to stop pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to lessen solar heat gain and delay the need for air conditioning.

3. Cook Outside

Using the oven or stovetop can make your home hotter, making your cooling system work harder and utilize more power. Reap the benefits of the beautiful spring weather by taking your cooking outdoors. Grilling is an excellent way to get some fresh air while leaving your home cool and comfortable. In addition, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the intense heat and pesky mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean with Efficiency in Mind 

Spring cleaning is a practice that results in a fresh, organized home just in time for warmer weather. You may not realize it, but spring cleaning is also an opportunity to increase your home’s energy efficiency. As you go through your home and freshen up, concentrate on places in your home that can impede airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s power bills. Here are some spaces to tackle:

  • • Dust off ceiling fan blades and set them to rotate counterclockwise.
  • Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to minimize air leakage.
  • Change the HVAC air filter to help with optimal airflow.
  • Remove debris from around the exterior AC unit to increase performance.
  • Clean the coils under or behind the refrigerator to reduce the electricity needed to keep your food cold.
  • Clean off light fixtures and exchange older incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

A spring AC check-up prepares your air conditioner for the summer’s hot sun. Although you can perform a couple of tasks yourself, such as exchanging the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outdoor unit, only a skilled specialist can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Yearly check-ups can go a long ways to help lower electricity usage, promote more reliable performance and lengthen your cooling system’s lifespan. Arrange service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring to make sure your system is ready to its best when you need it most.

6. Show Your Air Ducts Some TLC

Spring is always a great time to address your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air move to its destination more effectively. Then, thorough duct cleaning removes debris buildup, ensuring air moves smoothly within the system. These ductwork services save power and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more pleasant place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Electricity Efficiency  

Give some thought to upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less electricity without losing performance. Improvements do take an investment, but you can expect considerable power bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable home. These improvements also improve a home’s value if you ever decide to move. Spring is the right time for HVAC updates, as contractors are generally less busy, so that it is easier to arrange the installation at a convenient time for you.   

Count on Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your HVAC Needs in the U.S. this Spring 

For support carrying out any of these tips this spring, call the pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide affordable, energy-efficient cooling solutions in the U.S. to save you money all season long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can count on us to deliver comfort and peace of mind. For excellent service that makes a positive impact on your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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