Utilities: Prepare your home before summer strikes to beat the heat

Source: One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, home cooling systems use about 6 percent of all the electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of about $29 billion to homeowners.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, home cooling systems use about 6 percent of all the electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of about $29 billion to homeowners.1 With summer around the corner, the use of air conditioning will increase soon. Now is the time for homeowners to take every measure possible to conserve energy and save on utility bills, while still remaining comfortable.

Prepare the home now before summer hits with these tips from the experts at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating ®.

  • Change the air filter regularly. During the summer, change it monthly. Put a reminder on your calendar or phone, so you don't forget!
  • Install a smart thermostat. This will allow you to control the temperature of your home even while you're away. Turning the thermostats 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.2
  • Seal cooling ducts. Ensure that the connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet the floors, walls and ceiling. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork that could be wasting energy and money.
  • Maintain equipment. Keep the cooling and heating system at peak performance by having an HVAC contractor conduct annual check-ups. Contrary to what some homeowners might think they can handle on their own, most elements of your cooling and heating system are not consumer-serviceable. You must find a professional, and there's no better time than before summer begins.

1 https://energy.gov/energysaver/air-conditioning
2
https://energy.gov/energysaver/thermostats

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