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Summer HVAC Efficiency: How to Keep Your Energy Bills Cool

Summer is here, and so is the heat! Keeping cool can be a priority this season, but it inevitably also comes with high electricity bills. This is especially true if you rely on your HVAC system to keep your home comfortable. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to increase summer HVAC efficiency and save money on energy bills. Here are some tips to help you keep your energy bills cool this summer!

Schedule Maintenance

One of the most effective ways to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system is regular maintenance. Schedule an HVAC maintenance visit at least once a year (twice is ideal). This will help ensure your system operates at peak efficiency and identify issues before they become major problems.

Change the Air Filter

A dirty air filter can interfere with airflow, causing your HVAC system to work harder than it has to in order to regulate the temperature within your home. You should change your air filter at least once every three months, although more air filter changes may be necessary if you have pets or allergies.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can help you take control of your HVAC system's energy use by allowing you to set your thermostat to adjust the temperature based on your schedule. This means you can save energy by turning off your air conditioning or heating when you aren't at home or when you're sleeping.

Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clean

Your air conditioning unit's outdoor condenser unit can become clogged with leaves, dirt, and debris, restricting airflow and reducing your HVAC system's efficiency. Be sure to check this unit regularly and clear away any accumulated debris around or within it.

Utilize Fans

Fans can help move air around your home, which can create a more comfortable environment that doesn't require as much air conditioning. Be sure to turn off fans when you leave the room, as they only make a wind chill effect and don't actually lower the temperature.

By following these tips, you can increase summer HVAC efficiency and save money on your energy bills, all while keeping your home cool and comfortable. Schedule regular maintenance visits with us at Master Mechanical, change your air filter, use a programmable thermostat, keep your outdoor unit clean, and use fans whenever possible. Here's to a cool and efficient summer!