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How to Prepare Your Home for Summer Heat

Posted by: Claire M | 04/06/2021 at 04:43 PM


   

Summer is a time for outdoor activities, backyard grilling, poolside hangouts and family fun. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when energy usage is at an all-time high. That’s why preparation is key. Below are some great ways to prep your home for summer so you can stay comfortable and worry-free.


             
  • Seal air leaks – When you’re using A/C to cool your home, it will be working overtime if the air is escaping outside. Be sure to check all your doors and windows for leaks or damage to weatherstripping. It’s one of the best ways to cut energy costs and keep your home feeling comfortable.
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  • Change air filters – For a standard 1-to-3-inch air filter, you will need to replace them every 30 to 60 days. A central air conditioner runs longer cycles and more hours during the day, which means a greater volume of air circulates through the system and an influx of airborne particles build up on the filter. That’s why changing your air filter frequently is important to keeping your HVAC system running in tip-top shape.
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  • Schedule HVAC service – If you haven’t already, plan to have your HVAC serviced as soon as possible. Preventative maintenance on your HVAC system will keep you from having to spend on emergency repairs, the air quality inside your home will improve, regular maintenance will extend the life of your system, and the system will operate more efficiently.
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  • Invest in a smart thermostat – A smart thermostat is programmable, which means their temperature settings change based on certain times of the day. If you aren’t home, you can program a smart thermostat to shut down when you leave. Look into upgrading to a smart thermostat.
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  • Install energy-efficient lights – You might be surprised that even your porch light, one of the highest used light fixtures, can make your usage add up. Installing energy-efficient LED bulbs can help you save energy. According to Energy.gov, LEDs can use up to 80% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer than a traditional incandescent light.
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  • Inspect your dryer’s ventilation – A dryer that isn’t venting properly can reduce its efficiency, leading to longer drying times. Ensure the venting system is completely sealed. Remember to clean the vent on a regular basis and refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations when needed.
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