Summer is officially here as well as the rising temperatures. For Middle Tennessee residents, this means your HVAC system is going to log a lot of time keeping your home at a comfortable level. The intense summer heat has the ability to cause these units to break down. With a few simple maintenance tips, you can solve some of the biggest issues surrounding your HVAC system. We’ve compiled a list of our best insider tips to help you stay cool and efficiently run your system all summer long.

Conduct regular maintenance

Getting the most out of your HVAC unit will require routine maintenance. This practice should take place at the start of every season and at least one additional time in the summer and winter when the unit works a little harder. Maintenance will include inspection of the system. Check for blocked ducts, tripped breakers, blown capacitors, leaks, and that the thermostat is at the correct setting.

Look for areas where air might escape

Cold air wafting into your home during the winter is more natural to detect for most homeowners. The identification of these unsealed areas presents themselves well because they contradict the warmth of your home. In the summer, it’s not always as easy. Cool air escaping is a common problem and will affect its efficiency. Not to mention it increases the amount of your energy bill. Check all windows and doors are properly sealed against drafts. Don’t forget crawl spaces and attics! If you’re unsure, you can hire a trusted heating and air conditioning professional.

Change the temperature while you’re not home

There is a lot of information floating around suggesting that it’s best for your home and your wallet if you keep your HVAC system at the same temperature throughout the day. The idea behind this is the use of energy needed for cooling. Your system is supposed to use more power to get your home’s temperature down to a comfortable level. The logic is sound, but it’s not 100% accurate. Your home is hottest during the day when the sun is at its highest. If you’re not there to enjoy this cold air, you’re just asking your HVAC to run at full speed with no benefits to you. In fact, it’s almost easier to damage the system this way.

Take advantage of a programmable thermostat

Following the previous advice, you can get the most your system with the use of a programmable thermostat. Utilizing a programmable thermostat will give your unit a break and reduce the chances for necessary repairs. It’s not advisable to turn it off completely. This will only require the system to work twice as hard to start cooling your property down. Instead, opt for a temperature around 80 when you’re not home. It doesn’t require as much work to bring the temperature down when you need to get comfortable.

Change the filters on your HVAC

New filters have a massive effect on the efficiency of your HVAC system. This product ensures a smooth, uninterrupted flow of air. Each unit is different, but most will benefit from a change at least once a month. If you’re unsure, call your heating and cooling professional to guide you.

Use curtains and shades to stabilize the temperature

What you use to cover your windows will affect the efficiency of cooling your home. In the summer, you can purchase blackout curtains that help block UVA and UVB rays from entering the house. Couple this exercise with the use of a programmable thermostat and you will have an effective strategy for not only cooling your home but keeping energy costs down.

For over a decade Busy Bee Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has helped homeowners maintain and repair HVAC units in Nashville with superior customer service. For more information about maintaining your HVAC system, contact us at Busy Bee today by calling (615) 235-3437.

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