Thermostats – First, if you haven't already done so, now is the time to
invest in a programmable thermostat. Programming is easy and you should
take advantage of options, which allow you to hold higher indoor temperatures
while you are away from the house. Be sure to set the temperature a little
higher at night while you are sleeping.
Cleanliness matters – A clean
HVAC system runs more efficiently, breaks down less often and lasts longer. Begin
by changing the air filter regularly, but don't stop there. Have your
central air conditioning system professionally serviced at the beginning
of the summer season. You'll save the cost of a tune-up through lower
Keep debris out of the condensing unit – The condensing unit (outside unit) collects grass clippings, leaves
and other debris, which limits its efficiency. Inspect it periodically
for loose items and wash down its exterior
(be sure the unit is not running!)
Use ceiling fans – We all feel cooler when air is moving past our skin. Ceiling fans
do a great job of keeping indoor air moving and are inexpensive to operate.
You can generally set the thermostat a few degrees higher while running
a fan without being uncomfortable.
Try these simple tips to reduce summer energy bills without sacrificing
comfort. If all else fails,
call the Arlington HVAC professionals at Tom's Mechanical. We service
broken heating and cooling systems 24 hours a day, 7 days each week.