Home Comfort Tips: Keep Your Cool During The Warmer Months
Summer Heat Can Be Cruel. Remember to Keep Your Cool.
Summers in the Antelope Valley aren’t just warm—they’re scorching hot. As a California community that’s located in the heart of a desert climate, where temperatures frequently reach 100+, roaring heat waves are no surprise. However, while we might be accustomed to the soaring temperatures, there’s no need for your home cooling system to run your wallet dry as it tries to keep you cool.
This year, be proactive—and take measures to keep your home comfortable (without breaking the bank)
Advice That Keeps on Giving
Improve your HVAC system’s efficiency, reduce electricity usage, save money and get a jump-start on the upcoming summer heat with these helpful tips:
- Check your filters often. Filters aren’t indestructible, and they work incessantly to prevent dust and dirt from building up in your HVAC system. You should always double-check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations, but generally speaking, it’s best to check your air filter on a monthly basis. A dirty filter will slow airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool—wasting energy and increasing your utility bills.
When replacing or installing your filter, remember to take notice of the filter’s minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV. The higher the MERV rating on a filter, the fewer dust particles and other contaminants can pass through it. And while it’s common for homeowners to assume that a higher MERV rating would automatically be better, this is not always the case. In fact, each unit is different. Thankfully, our professionals can assist in cleaning or replacing your filter, and helping you determine the highest MERV rated filter for your system.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed to keep direct sunlight out. If you have ever sat in a car with the sun beating down on your body for an extended period of time, you can understand the impact that open drapes or blinds have on your home’s temperature. So, to combat solar heat gain, be sure to keep drapes and blinds closed during the day. When administering this tactic, take the direction of the sun into account. The windows that have closed drapes and blinds should coincide with the sun’s pattern of movement. Leave the blinds and drapes open on the shaded side of your home, and close them on the sunny side.
- Minimize usage of heat-generating appliances during the hottest hours of the day. Ovens, hair dryers, microwaves and other appliances use a lot of energy and generate a large amount of heat, causing them to directly counteract the HVAC unit’s hard work. To eliminate overheating your home and to avoid adding stress to your AC unit, switch to using as many of these appliances solely at night. For example, line dry your clothes when you can and cook outside whenever possible.
- Use energy-efficient bulbs and fixtures. It goes without saying that all lights, for energy-saving reasons, should be turned off before you leave a room. Even more, replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, such as low-voltage LED options.
- Consider a system upgrade. Whether your system frequently requires repairs, or it’s simply over 10 years old, it may be time to look into upgrading to a high-efficiency HVAC unit. These systems offer an array of benefits—from less electricity usage, to fewer air contaminants, to proper moisture removal.
Take it a Step Farther With DS Heating & Air
At DS Heating and Air, our team is always available to offer seasonal tips, and provide year-round or seasonal services. This spring, our team will help prepare your home for the months ahead by providing an air conditioner tune-up or assisting in the system upgrading process. This way, you can rest assured that you have an air conditioning unit that’s ready to tackle the sizzling summer heat.
To learn more or to schedule a free installation estimate, give us a call at 661.231.8118 or complete our online form [Link to Contact Page] today!