It’s no secret that Gulf Shores, AL experiences very warm summers due to the Gulf of Mexico. With average daily highs of 90° in the summer months, it’s only natural that many people turn on their HVAC systems during this period of time. However, many people do not fully use their HVAC systems during the summer because they are worried about expensive energy bills--but it doesn’t have to be this way.
There are many steps you can take that will allow you to run your HVAC system without having to worry too much about your energy bills. This is especially true if your unit is a relatively new model certified by Energy Star. With that in mind, here are a few tips and tricks to help you out:
Plant Shrubs or Trees
Most HVAC systems have their condensers outside where the ambient heat can make it difficult for your condenser to create the cold air that you want. A good workaround to this problem would be to plant a few shrubs or a tree so that their shadows cover your condenser during the hottest parts of the day. Make sure, though, that you plant the foliage at least 3ft away to prevent leaves from getting into your condenser.
Update the Insulation
Inadequate insulation easily allows cool air to escape your home, forcing your HVAC system to use more electricity to maintain your preferred temperature. In such cases, you may want to invest in proper insulation for your home. This is especially important if you live in an older home as the insulation in these homes simply do not meet today’s energy-efficiency standards.
Check for any Drafts Around Windows
Any cracks and failing seals around your windows allows warm air to invade your home. Check all your windows for drafts by holding a candle. If the flame flickers, your windows seals are no longer keeping cool air inside your home. Fortunately, you can easily purchase and apply sealant to problematic areas on your own. Alternatively, you may want to consider investing in new windows and take advantage of the newer energy-efficient models.
Have Your System Maintained Regularly
Lastly, you’ll want to have a respected HVAC service, such as Island Air and Heating Gulf Shores, regularly maintain your system. This often entails cleaning the ducts, replacing filters, etc. After all, these maintenance checks can easily improve the efficiency and extend the service life of your systems--and the last thing you want to happen on a warm summer is for your HVAC system to break down.
8 Ways to Reduce HVAC Energy Costs, AngiesList.com
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