With summer being halfway over, that doesn’t mean the heat and humidity are going to ease up – especially here in the greater North Charleston, South Carolina area. For those of us who have lived here long enough know that the heat and humidity stick around long after summer officially ends. We understand how hard it can be to keep cool and how your energy bills tend to greatly increase during the summer months, even if you air conditioner is running effectively. But what if there was a way to improve your home comfort while easing the cost of running your AC unit and keeping your energy bills at a minimum? That’s what the HERO Heating & Air is here for! The following tips are cost effective solutions that will help keep you, your family, and your home cool the rest of the summer and the following months here in the greater Charleston, SC area.
Check Your Filters
Checking and changing your air filters is a common practice among homeowners. It’s important to regularly change out your filters not only for your indoor air quality, but also for your heating and air conditioning system. In the summer, it is especially important to stay on top of checking and changing your filters when necessary. If you filter is dirty and has a clog or blockage, it will make your air conditioner work harder and use more energy as well as reduce the airflow throughout your home. Get in the habit of at least checking your air filters every month. This takes little time to do and is essential in knowing how your AC unit is doing.
Utilize Your Fans
While fans can’t actually lower the temperature in your home, it is important to note that they are still useful and can cool you. Fans have a cooling effect which means that the air fans blow across different surfaces creates the illusion of a cooler temperature. Ceiling fans and floor fans are both easy ways to increase your comfort during the warmer months without having to adjust your thermostat to a lower temperature. It is important to note that in order to get the most bang for your buck, you need to turn your fans off while you are away from home or the room your fans are in.
Check Your House for Leaks
If your home insulation has leaks, all of the effort that your air conditioner is doing for you will be wasted. During the summertime, it is vital that the cool air your AC unit produces reaches the proper destination throughout your Charleston, South Carolina home. When you have leaks in your insulation, the cold air from your home escapes and the warm air from outside enters. To ensure that you get the most out of your air conditioner (and heating and cooling system in general), it’s important to check for any leaks in your home insulation.
Use Your Windows & Blinds
Your windows and blinds can either help you or hurt you in the summertime. At night when the weather cools off and it’s pleasant outside, go ahead and open your windows. This will help with air circulation throughout your home, which is a natural cooling process. Be sure to close them after a while before the temperatures increase. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you are closing your blinds during the daytime. The sunlight that comes through your windows acts as a natural heater throughout your home. With your blinds closed, the sun cannot come through and your home will feel cooler.
Take Care of Your Air Conditioner
Last but certainly not least, take proper care of your air conditioning system. Having regular maintenance performed on your AC unit will ensure its efficiency and effectiveness. Regular AC maintenance also helps to prevent future breakdowns and costly repairs. If you are in the market for AC maintenance or just need help with your North Charleston, SC home heating and air conditioning system, give HERO Heating & Air a call today!