Easy Seasonal Tips from Our Pros
Well, it looks like temperatures are finally warming and spring is right around the corner, which means many homeowners will be doing some spring cleaning in the coming weeks. While you do, remember that there are some things you can do to your home to make it energy efficient during the upcoming season. For example:
Clean Your Fridge
We don’t mean the inside (although that’s not such a bad idea). Instead, pull your fridge out from against the wall and vacuum behind it and around it. Also, make sure you clean your condenser coils – they’re what keep the fridge cool and if they’re covered in dust and hair, they can’t do their job properly and your fridge will use more energy than needed. Condenser coils are usually located on the back of the fridge or underneath the side-by-side doors.
Make Sure You Have Sufficient Insulation
Many homeowners only think insulation is meant to keep your home warm, so they only think about it when winter comes around. Insulation serves two purposes, however – to keep your home warm in the winter and to keep it cool in the summer. Have a home improvement professional check your home’s insulation to make sure that you have a sufficient amount and that it’s in good condition.
Use Sunlight As Heat
The great thing about spring is that the outside temperature isn’t hot yet, but the sun still is. This means that you can forgo your thermostat and take advantage of the sun’s heat to warm your home. Keep your blinds and drapes open during the day to let sunlight in and at night, close them to trap the warm air. It’s also helpful to get insulated or thermal curtains. They’ll keep the warmth in and come in very handy in the summer to help keep the heat out.
Replace Your HVAC Filter
During the winter, your HVAC air filter trapped lots of dust, dirt, and allergens. Put in a fresh one for spring; a clean filter means a more efficient HVAC system and more savings for you. Plus, our West Chester HVAC company knows you’ll need a clean filter to trap all of that pollen once flowers start to bloom.
Drain & Flush Your Water Heater
Like your HVAC system, your water heater has been working hard to provide you with hot water. Start the spring off by draining and flushing it to get the sediment out of the tank. When you let sediment build up, it can compromise your water heater’s efficiency and increase your energy bills. Call our water heater experts to set up a maintenance appointment.
Consider an Attic Ventilator
While this is more of a preparation for summer, it’s never too early to consider an attic ventilator. These systems help keep your home cool by drawing in cool air from the outside and pumping out hot air that’s inside. These systems will only work properly, however, if you have a well-insulated attic (which brings us back to our #2 tip).