Soaring energy costs can end up costing you a fortune! In the warmer months, it is important that you take the proper steps to keep your home comfortable without spending more than you have to. Here are a few quick Tower Tips that will help you maintain your comfort system and keep your home cool all summer long.
- Get regular checkups (twice a year) to keep the system operating efficiently and to prevent costly repairs. It is much easier, and often cheaper, to prevent damage than it is to repair the damage. Join our Maintenance Plan to keep your HVAC system running smoothly all year long.
- Don’t forget to change your system’s filter! We recommend changing your air filters every three months—or more, if you have hairy pets (even a hamster!). This will help the air to flow freely through your system making it easier for the system to operate. Find an affordable, effective filter at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, and follow these simple steps to keep breathing easy!
- Keep your curtains and shades drawn on the south and west windows of your home. This can save you an average of 3% – 6%.
- Remember to turn off your outdoor unit when mowing your grass. If cut grass and debris are blown into the outdoor unit it will interfere with the airflow and decrease the efficiency of your air conditioning and heating system.
- Plant a tree. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air and provide shade to naturally protect your house from the sun.
Don’t Lose Your Cool
Are you leaving home for a long weekend getaway with the family or maybe taking a day trip? Never turn OFF your air conditioner, leave home, and then come back home to turn the A/C back on. If you do, it will take a very long time for your house to cool off again. Even worse – this won’t save you any money – it could actually end up costing you more. Turning your air conditioner off on warm days will actually force your air conditioner to work harder to get back to the desired temperature when you return home.
Heat and humidity build up in your home’s walls, furniture, and carpet so it will take many hours to eliminate that heat. Next time you head out the door, set the temperature up two to four degrees, instead of turning your A/C off. This will help keep those utility bills lower and keep you comfortable when you arrive back home.