7 Energy-Efficient HVAC Strategies for Early Spring

As chilly winter days become rarer and the mild warmth of early spring takes hold, you very well could start thinking about how you’ll keep your residence cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is the perfect time to adopt energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the hot months ahead.

Here are seven things to implement today, courtesy of the pros at Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing.

1. Use Ceiling Fans 

If you haven’t used your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on an excellent opportunity to increase comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel about four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from operating a ceiling fan enables you to turn up the thermostat without getting uncomfortable. Keep in mind, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave to save energy.

2. Be Smart Around Windows 

In terms of controlling your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The trick is understanding how to use them correctly based on the weather:

  • On cool but sunny days, pull up the blinds to let the sunshine in and warm your home naturally.
  • On warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the dwelling to produce a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to use your air conditioning system to prevent pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to minimize solar heat gain and postpone the need for you to run your air conditioner.

3. Use the Backyard Grill

Using the oven or stovetop increases the heat inside your home, making your cooling system work harder and use more electricity. Reap the benefits of the beautiful spring weather by transferring your cooking outdoors. Grilling is a terrific way to get some fresh air while helping keep your residence cool and comfortable. In addition, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the extreme heat and bothersome mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean with a Mission 

Spring cleaning is a practice that results in a fresh, uncluttered home just in time for summer weather. You may not realize it, but spring cleaning is also a chance to enhance your home’s energy efficiency. As you deep-clean your home, put emphasis on spaces that affect airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s energy bills. Here are some spaces to tackle:

  • • Clean ceiling fan blades and set them to rotate counterclockwise.
  • Use caulk or weatherstripping to close leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to reduce air leakage.
  • Change the HVAC air filter to promote optimal airflow.
  • Clear out debris from around the outdoor AC unit to increase performance.
  • Clean the coils beneath or behind the refrigerator to lower the electricity required to keep your food cold.
  • Wipe down light fixtures and exchange old incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

A seasonal AC check-up prepares your cooling system for the summer’s hot sun. While you can complete some tasks yourself, such as switching out the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the exterior unit, only a pro can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Annual tune-ups can go a long ways to help reduce energy consumption, promote more reliable performance and extend an AC unit’s service life. Set up service with Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing in the spring so you can be sure that your system is ready to operate at its best when you need it most.

6. Don’t Forget Your Ducts

Spring is a good time to evaluate your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air move to its destination more effectively. In addition, a good duct cleaning removes debris buildup, ensuring air moves smoothly within the system. These ductwork services save power and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more enjoyable place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Electricity Efficiency  

Contemplate upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less electricity without losing performance. Updates do take an investment, but you can expect considerable energy bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable residence. These improvements also improve a home’s value if you ever decide to move. Spring is the right time for HVAC updates, as contractors are generally less busy, which makes it easier to arrange the installation at a convenient time for you.   

Count on Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for Your HVAC Needs in Nashville this Spring 

For help carrying out any of these suggestions this spring, call the pros at Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We provide affordable, energy-efficient cooling remedies in Nashville to save you money all summer long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can trust us to provide comfort and put your mind at ease. For excellent service that makes a positive impact on your daily life, call 615-799-0427 today!

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