Is your home ready for the broiling heat of summer? Spend a few hours following this list of simple, yet effective, ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Not only will they keep your home cooler, but they’ll save your appliances from working overtime, lowering your electricity bill as a whole. Learn how to save on your home energy bill in the summer with these summer energy saving tips:

1) Check your air filters – Clogged air filters block airflow and reduce your AC’s blower fan’s ability to circulate the air properly, causing your AC to use more energy.
2) Check Your Return Air Vents– Keep your return air vents clean and make sure they aren’t blocked by curtains or furniture so that airflow is not reduced.
3) Inspect your condenser unit– Turn the system off and give the cooling fins a good clean. Also, make sure to clear fallen branches or weeds that may be blocking it.
4) Install Curtains to Block Sunlight– Pay attention to the sun’s patterns across the house and consider installing insulated or thermal backed drapes to block out extra heat and sunlight.
5) Get Your HVAC System Inspected– Call an HVAC expert to give your system a tune-up. You want to be sure that your system can take the heat!
6) Air seal your home – Air sealing your home ensures that outside air can’t get in, and your cooler conditioned air can’t get out. Expanding foam and caulk are a few materials you can use to properly seal your home. Also, check the weatherstripping on doors and windows.
7) Add insulation to your attic– Attic insulation works as a thermal shield. The better insulation in your attic, the better your living areas are kept cool.
8) HVAC Air Duct Sealing – Your system works best when air can flow unobstructed and without air leaking out. Sealing up your home’s ductwork can increase its performance by 20 to 30 percent. It’s well worth your time!
9) Check your ceiling fan direction – Make sure your ceiling fan is rotating in the direction that makes it blow downwards. In the summer you want it to spin counter-clockwise.
10) Turn up your thermostat – Turn up your thermostat when you leave during the day while sleeping at night. Even a few degrees higher will reduce your energy usage.

The AR Property Group has worked with numerous HVAC companies over the years.  Please reach out to Ann, Randy or Christine for contact information.  Stay cool!