Summer is synonymous with heat and high energy bills. The three naturally go together; the hotter it is outside, the more you use your AC, and the higher your energy bill is. Regardless of what season it is, we do our best throughout the year to help our neighbors get the most for their money and the most out of their HVAC system. With that in mind and with the official season of summer already in full swing, we decided to dedicate this blog to the keys of staying energy efficient during this summer and the coming months.

Despite the brutal summer heat waves, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the best of both worlds: comfortable living and affordable costs. After reading this blog, you’ll be on your way to achieving both of those!

 

DIY Maintenance

A little time and effort put into maintaining your HVAC system will be well worth the benefits you can gain. Spending an hour on cleaning your outdoor unit with a hose and a brush will clean off any pollen, clear any debris and help your machine breathe and function at a higher level.

The same goes for your indoor unit. Checking filters, wiping away dust and keeping a clean indoor unit will go a long way to maximizing its potential. The best part is that it’s a low effort task that takes little to no time at all to improve your HVAC system’s capacity.

 

Thermostat Efficiency

Shutting off your AC while gone during the day only makes it burn more fuel when you turn it on later. Minor fluctuations in temperature are the best way to keep your AC efficient while you’re in and out of the house. The best way to do that is to invest in a programmable thermostat; set it once and forget the rest. Gone are the days of walking into a hot home or getting up to lower the temperature. A programmable thermostat will save you money and become a significant convenience in your life.



Fans & Appliances

Heat rises, so help it climb out of your home by utilizing box or ceiling fans. Though fans do not cool a room, they can create the illusion of colder temperatures. Fans provide a wide range of benefits and can also help expedite the process of cycling the hot air out of your room.

As you increase the use of your fans, you should decrease the use of any heat-producing appliances. Stoves, ovens, dryers and the like can turn a hot home into a sauna. Utilizing fans and limiting machines can lighten the load that your AC may be carrying. Combine these two, and you’ll get a significant increase in your air conditioner's effectiveness and efficiency.



Call the Professionals

Nothing helps your AC function accurately as much as a professional HVAC expert. Whether it’s just a tune-up or a minor repair, having HVAC experts work out any kinks in your unit will do wonders. Your HVAC will run smoother, burn less fuel, and cool at a higher rate of efficiency.

The best part is there are so many things an HVAC professional can do for you that will help your HVAC work efficiently:

-          Maintenance

-          Tune-up

-          Seal Air Leaks

-          Clean Ductwork

All these tasks benefit your HVAC system by enhancing its ability to keep you comfortable. The benefits you can reap from professional service will be necessary with springtime pollen clouds lingering and more summer heat waves imminent. We can not overstate the value of professional maintenance.

 

Replace Your AC

Replacing an AC will probably be the last resort for most homeowners. When your AC is too old to function correctly, and your maintenance and repair payments are worth as much as the actual cost of the unit, it is time to purchase a new system. Buying a brand new air conditioner could be a better option than maintaining an outdated one, and if you follow the keys we’ve already laid out before you, your new AC will thrive!

Now more than ever, it is time to make sure your air conditioner is up to date. With record highs being seemingly a yearly occurrence, having anything less than a quality air conditioner is unacceptable.

 


It’s not enough for us to provide a service to customers when they need it, we want to help customers improve their daily lives in any way we can. For us, that means making your HVAC experience a happy one, and during the summer it means keeping you cooled off at minimal costs. At Dave Broussard, we are always open to providing tricks of the trade and other valuable information to the people of our community.

Do you have more questions about how you can stay cool? Would like us to have a look at your air conditioner? Contact us today!