The beautiful spring weather in Hope Mills, North Carolina, makes enjoying the outdoors with friends and family lots of fun. Unfortunately, the warmer temperatures also encourage people to use their air conditioners more, increasing their utility bills. You can save money and energy in spring by controlling your home’s humidity, cleaning regularly, using ceiling fans, and maintaining your HVAC system.
Controlling Your Humidity
If the humidity in your home is too high, you and your family could feel hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. Use a dehumidifier to take care of these problems and save money on utility bills. You can have a whole-home dehumidifier installed, or you can use a less expensive portable dehumidifier. However, portable models can only dehumidify one or two rooms at once. Since less moisture makes you feel cooler, dehumidifiers can save you money by letting you use your air conditioner less. Lower humidity also helps prevent mold growth, pests, and rot.
If your home feels overly humid, check your plumbing and your roof for leaks regularly, and look for signs of trouble like stains on the ceiling, soft wood floors, or a musty smell. Have any problems fixed by a professional before they get bigger. You should also use the exhaust fans in your kitchen or bathrooms to get rid of excess moisture when you cook or take a shower. A programmable thermostat can monitor your home’s humidity and help you save energy by turning down your air conditioner when you’re asleep or at work.
Spring is a great time to get rid of all the dust, dirt, and clutter in your home that’s left over from winter. Regular cleaning can improve your home’s indoor air quality and reduce you and your family’s asthma or allergy symptoms. It can also help you save energy and increase your HVAC system’s life.
Use a vacuum cleaner that has rotating brushes, strong suction, and a good filter so dust and dirt won’t escape through the exhaust. Vacuum at least twice per week, clean the vacuum filter regularly, and put floor mats at all your doors to keep people from bringing dust, dirt, and other contaminants in on their shoes.
Clean your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans once per year. Just turn off the power, take the cover off, and clean the fan blades with a toothbrush. You should also inspect your windows and doors once per year. Caulk around any gaps or add weatherstripping to save energy and get rid of stuffy areas or drafts.
Using Ceiling Fans
Use ceiling fans to circulate cool air and avoid using your air conditioner as much. They also make your home more fashionable. In spring and summer, your fans should turn counterclockwise to push cold air downward. In winter, the fans should turn clockwise instead. This pushes cool air towards the ceiling and moves rising warm air back towards the floor. If you don’t feel a cool breeze when you turn on your fan in spring, it could still be set for winter. You can change the direction of a ceiling fan by climbing a ladder or stepladder and adjusting the switch near the center of the fan.
Maintaining Your HVAC System
You should have your HVAC system serviced by a professional at least once per year to extend its life, save energy, and avoid expensive, inconvenient breakdowns. Also, check your system’s air filter every month and change it when it gets dirty. A dirty filter can force your HVAC system to work harder and lower your indoor air quality by spreading dirt, dust, pollen, pet dander, and other contaminants around your home. Your outdoor HVAC unit also needs good air flow to work properly, so you should clean it regularly and keep dirt, leaves, grass clippings, and other contaminants away.
Bass Air Conditioning Company is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 60 years of experience and the Carrier Distinguished Dealer Award. We can help you install, maintain, or repair a variety of HVAC equipment, including ductwork. Call us anytime at 910-778-1536 for excellent service from one of our certified technicians.
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