10 Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Summer HeatThe dog days of summer are just around the corner, and if your home isn’t properly prepared, you could be in for some long, stifling hot days. To make sure you’re comfortable in your house during the hottest days of the year, check out our 10 easy tips for preparing your home for the heat:
Change FiltersFresh filters in your heating/cooling/ system are essential for high performance temperature control. Make sure you change the filters at least once a month.
Update InsulationHaving new insulation will help keep cool air inside your house, and the hot air outside. You can choose to fully replace existing insulation, or simply add another layer of fresh insulation over the layer already in place.
VentilateVentilation is key in the summer to avoiding boiler-like temperatures in your home. Make sure you have adequate-sized vents in your home, to promote sufficient airflow. This is especially important if you have an attic, where temperatures can quickly soar above 100 degrees on a hot summer day.
Ceiling FansIf you don’t already have one, consider installing a ceiling fan in the most-visited rooms of your house. On days that aren’t quite as hot, a ceiling fan may do enough on its own to keep you cool, while on hot days, a ceiling fan will dramatically decrease use of your air conditioner.
Clean your ACTurn your AC off, and give it a thorough cleaning for maximum performance. Clean the filters on the inside, and make sure all dirt and debris is cleared from the outside of the unit as well.
Open WindowsOn cooler summer days with a nice breeze, open your windows to let the outside air cool your house. Don’t run AC with the windows open, however.
Close BlindsMake sure your blinds and shades are drawn during the hottest parts of the day. Keeping the sun out of your house will keep temperatures down.
Keep Electronics Away from AC ThermostatMake sure nothing that is giving off heat is running nearby your AC thermostat. This may cause the AC to run more than necessary and drive up electricity costs.
Leave Doors Closed As Often As PossibleMake sure you don’t make lots of unnecessary trips in and out of the house. Each time you open the door, hot air and humidity enters your home.
Don’t let cooling costs suck the fun out of summer. Call Wickstrom Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling at (208) 466-9447 for greener HVAC services in the Boise area!
Benefits of AC Repair Services
Getting AC repairs done frequently can save you a lot of money in the long run. While it sounds crazy that constant maintenance saves money, if the repairs being done are small and/or preventative you will save much more than you would on if you waited until there was an emergency or a major repair needed. You can always check the unit by yourself, but it is recommended that you have a professional come by to ensure that you are looking for the right signs and symptoms and that everything is actually functioning properly.Specific benefits of repairs and maintenance include improved system performance and safety, which leads to reduced energy costs within the home and extends the life of the equipment overall. Besides protecting the unit and your wallet, constant maintenance can also lower or eliminate health risks that come from having poor air quality in the home, especially people with asthma. The specific frequency that you have you air conditioning unit looked at is up to your lifestyle and budget. At the very least you will want to have it inspected before summer. This is because all units are at the greatest risk of breaking down when they are over-used, which happens during the hot summer months. Also, your budget limits you infrequent or possibly just once a year maintenance or you feel that you don’t use your AC often enough to warrant a need for frequent repairs, it is even more important that you check your filters every two months and replace them as needed. You can do this more frequently if you live in a dusty area. Getting small repairs to your AC unit now instead of having to replace the whole unit later is ideal. Contact your local HVAC repair center for more information specific to your unit or to schedule an inspection or repairs today. If you are in need of AC repair services, call Wickstrom Plumbing, Heating, Cooling at (208) 466-9447 today. Our experienced technicians will handle the issue quickly and efficiently in your Boise home!