7 Energy-Efficient HVAC Strategies for Early Spring

As icy winter days become rarer and the welcome warmth of early spring arrives, you very well could start thinking about how you’ll keep your home cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is a great time to use energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the hot months ahead.

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

1. Operate Ceiling Fans 

If you never 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 about four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from operating a ceiling fan allows you to turn up the thermostat without getting uncomfortable. Just remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so switch them off when you leave to save energy.

2. Be Smart Around Windows 

Regarding regulating your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The magic is knowing how to use them correctly based on what the temperature is outdoors:

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

3. Use the Backyard Grill

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

4. Spring Clean with Efficiency in Mind 

Spring cleaning is a habit that provides a fresh, neat home just in time for warmer weather. You may not realize it, but spring cleaning is also a time to improve your home’s energy efficiency. As you give your home a rigorous cleaning, concentrate on areas that can impede airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s electricity bills. Here are some places to tackle:

  • • Clean ceiling fan blades and set them to rotate counterclockwise.
  • Utilize caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to minimize air leakage.
  • Replace the HVAC air filter to promote optimal airflow.
  • Rake away debris from around the outside AC unit to improve performance.
  • Clean the coils under or behind the refrigerator to minimize the energy needed to keep your food cold.
  • Dust light fixtures and replace old incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

A seasonal AC check-up prepares your cooling system for the summer’s hot sun. Even though you can do some tasks yourself, such as exchanging the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the exterior unit, only a pro can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Annual maintenance can go a long ways to help lower energy use, promote more reliable performance and extend an AC unit’s service life. Schedule service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring to make sure your system is ready to operate at its best when you need it most.

6. Don’t Forget Your Ducts

Spring is the ideal time to take a look at your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air reach its destination more effectively. Then, detailed duct cleaning removes debris buildup, ensuring air moves smoothly in the system. These ductwork services save energy and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more pleasant place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Power Efficiency  

Give some thought to upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less energy without compromising performance. Improvements necessitate an investment, but you can expect substantial energy bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable residence. These improvements also increase a home’s value if you ever decide to sell the residence. Spring is the right time for HVAC updates, as contractors are generally less busy, which makes it 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 remedies in the U.S. to save you money all summer long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can count on us to provide comfort and a secure feeling in your home. For skilled service that makes a positive impact on your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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