It might seem impossible, but you can save money and still have a cool house this summer. No one wants to be miserable by giving up their AC, but it’s hard to imagine cooling your home and still being able to save your hard-earned money this summer. You’ve come to the right place. We’ve got four simple ways to save money on HVAC this summer.
#1: Please Don’t Neglect Your HVAC Air Filter
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to ensure an efficient HVAC system is by changing the air filter every 30-90 days. The filter collects dust, dander, pollen, and other airborne pollutants to protect the HVAC equipment from damage. In the process, it also helps you breathe cleaner air. The kicker is that the cooling system sucks air through that filter before cooling it and circulating it back through your home. When the filter is dirty and clogged, the system must work harder to pull in the same amount of air, leading to excess energy use and a less efficient AC. Change your filter, and you’ll have a cooler home and save money.
#2: Use Those Ceiling Fans
Most homes in the South have ceiling fans, and summer is the perfect time to put them to use. When fans rotate counterclockwise, they create a cooling effect in the room and increase the circulation throughout your home. You’ll get a bigger bang for your cooling buck by using ceiling fans at the same time as you use your HVAC system. They’ll work together to create a cooler house while using less energy.
#3: Consider Adding a Dehumidifier
Our climate means great weather nearly year-round, but it also means a lot of humidity, outside and inside. Add a dehumidifier to your home to bump up your AC’s cooling capacity without increasing your energy use. When there is less moisture in the air, it feels cooler, doesn’t hold onto the heat as well, and makes your home feel more comfortable without increasing your reliance on the air conditioning. A dehumidifier also means a more efficient HVAC system because your AC won’t have to work as hard to remove all that humidity from the air before cooling it.
#4: Don’t Forget to Schedule a Service Call
You don’t need a broken HVAC system for it to need a little TLC. Regular service is a great way to have a more efficient HVAC system while you also save money on your heating and cooling bills. Maintenance will ensure the equipment is running as it should by checking for any issues that could lead to a potential breakdown, inspecting all moving parts, and checking all the system components. With summer maintenance, your AC will run smoothly and keep your home more comfortable all summer long.
You can save money and have a smoother running cooling system this summer with a little help from some simple money-saving tips from the pros. For more information on how to save money on HVAC this summer, contact the H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling team today.