7 Energy-Efficient HVAC Strategies for Early Spring

As chilly winter days become rarer and the mild warmth of early spring takes hold, you might start thinking about how you’ll keep your living space cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is the perfect time to adopt energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the hotter months ahead.

Here are seven ideas to implement today, courtesy of the pros at Ӱ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

1. Run Ceiling Fans 

If you never use your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to increase comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel about four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from running a ceiling fan lets you turn up the thermostat without getting uncomfortable. Just remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave to save energy.

2. Be Smart About Windows 

When it comes to controlling your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The trick is knowing how to use them properly based on the weather:

  • On cool but sunny days, raise the blinds to let the sunshine in and warm your home naturally.
  • On warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the house to create a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to rely on your air conditioner to prevent pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to minimize solar heat gain and delay the need for air conditioning.

3. Cook Outside

Using the oven or stovetop raises the indoor temperature, making your cooling system work harder and use more energy. Take advantage of the lovely spring weather by moving your cooking outdoors. Grilling is a great way to get some fresh air while keeping your house cool and comfortable. Plus, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the intense heat and pesky mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean with Efficiency in Mind 

Spring cleaning is a tradition that offers a fresh, tidy home just in time for warmer weather. You may not realize it, but spring cleaning is also a chance to enhance your home’s energy efficiency. As you deep-clean your home, focus on areas that impact airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s energy bills. Here are some areas to tackle:

  • • Clean ceiling fan blades and set them to run counterclockwise.
  • Apply caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to reduce air leakage.
  • Replace the HVAC air filter to promote optimal airflow.
  • Clear out debris from around the outdoor AC unit to improve performance.
  • Clean the coils beneath or behind the refrigerator to reduce the energy required to keep your food cold.
  • Dust light fixtures and replace old incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

A springtime AC check-up prepares your cooling system for the summer’s heat. While you can perform a few tasks yourself, such as changing the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outdoor unit, only a professional can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Yearly maintenance can go a long ways to help lower energy consumption, promote more reliable performance and make your equipment last longer. Schedule service with Ӱ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring to ensure your system is ready to perform at its best when you need it most.

6. Take Care of Your Ducts

Spring is the ideal time to address your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air reach its destination more efficiently. Then, thorough duct cleaning removes debris buildup, ensuring air moves smoothly through 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 Energy Efficiency  

Consider upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less energy without sacrificing performance. Upgrades require an investment, but you can expect substantial energy bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable home. These improvements also increase a home’s value if you ever decide to move. Spring is an opportune time for HVAC updates, as contractors are typically less busy, making it easier to schedule the installation at a convenient time for you.   

Count on Ӱ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your HVAC Needs in the U.S. this Spring 

For help implementing any of these tips this spring, turn Ӱ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide affordable, energy-efficient cooling solutions in the U.S. to save you money all summer long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can trust us to deliver comfort and peace of mind. For expert service that makes a real difference in your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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