Now that the official start of summer is a few short days away, you may find yourself thinking about how you can make the most of it. Sure, you work long hours on most days of the week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a little time here and there to have some summer fun. Whether you plan to put in for a few vacation days so you can travel somewhere you’ve never been before or spend some much-needed time at home, here are some ways you can have peace of mind and save money on your heating and cooling bills.
Assess Your Home
You may already have a good idea of what you need to do to make your home cool during the summer. Even though there may be certain tweaks and tricks you use to improve your home’s comfort, you shouldn’t have to resort to doing anything special achieve it. Chances are if you’ve been tapping the AC or adjusting the temperature on your thermostat several times throughout the day when you are home, that there are some issues in other areas of your home that you should address first.
Get an energy audit. Even if your utility and heating and cooling bills aren’t too high, an energy audit can let you know where you stand. You should know if your home is losing thermal energy to the outside and how. Once you identify what the troublesome areas are, you can take steps to correct them.
Fix Your Window Panes and Frames
The average homeowner doesn’t give a second thought about their windows unless they are dirty or broken. You shouldn’t wait until your windows are in that condition to check them out. Take a good look at your window panes and frames. If you see cracks, chips, dents, and pieces missing, you should get them fixed. If it has been at least a decade or so since you had your windows replaced, now is a good time for you to consider replacing them. Remember, the things you do now can help you have peace of mind and save money on your heating and cooling bills.
Get an HVAC Inspection
Even if your heating and cooling equipment seems to run decently on any given day, you should not overlook having it serviced. Regular service inspections can shed light on impending repair and efficiency issues. Keep in mind that most household appliances and machines will run until they break down. Just because your furnace or air conditioner are still running doesn’t mean they are running as well as they should be. Spare yourself the trouble and have an HVAC tech come out at least twice a year.
Have Peace of Mind and Save Money on Your Heating and Cooling Bills
Don’t expect for your home to stay cool and comfortable if you aren’t willing to put in the work that’s needed to get it there. It is imperative for you to take stock of your actions and your home’s condition periodically to ensure that there aren’t things interfering with your efforts. For example, you may have everything squared away with your home, the thermostat set to the right setting and yet, your home is still as hot as a sauna when you get home because you left the window open. A quick glance around before you left home could have alerted you to the fact that you need to close the window, so the hot air doesn’t get inside.
For more expert advice on how to have peace of mind and save money on your heating and cooling bills, contact M & A HVAC Services at (615) 431- 2500.