Prep Your Home for Summer Heat

Prep Your Home for Summer Heat

blog-image A smart thermostat, such as the Nest (shown above) or ecobee3 can help homeowners save as much as 10 percent on heating and cooling costs annually.

Homeowners can expect their energy needs to increase as summer arrives and temperatures warm. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 6 percent of all the electricity produced in the U.S. winds up being used to power home cooling systems – AC and otherwise.

That’s an annual cost of $29 billion to homeowners.

So what can homeowners do to make sure their homes (and wallets) are ready for the heat of summer?

Here are a few tips recently shared by HVAC franchise One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, based in Houston:

• Check your air filter and replace it regularly. This is especially true during the summer, when pollen and other particles can clog it up easily. A clogged air filter means your HVAC system needs to work harder.

• Get a smart thermostat. With a small initial investment, a smart thermostat can lead to substantial savings. According the Department of Energy, turning the thermostat back seven to 10 degrees for eight hours a day can help save as much as 10 percent per year on heating and cooling costs.

• Seal your cooling ducts. All connections should be fully sealed where vents or registers meet walls, floors and ceilings. These are the most common places to find leaks in an HVAC system. Ducts that aren’t connected to vents or registers can waste tons of money and energy.

• Keep your equipment in good condition. Regular maintenance and inspection by a HVAC professional is essential for keeping your system running smoothly. Most of the more sensitive parts of the system are easily damaged, so be sure to consult an expert first.

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