p>Summertime in Alexandria, Virginia, and nearby communities means hot, humid weather. To stay cool and comfortable indoors, air conditioning is a necessity. It always seems that heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems break down on the most uncomfortable days. Sealing air leaks, keeping the AC system in good working order and using ceiling fans make it easier for your AC to operate. There are simple, inexpensive ways to ensure your HVAC system works efficiently during extreme weather.
Have Seasonal Tune-ups
AC maintenance is one of the least expensive and most beneficial ways to save money on heating and cooling costs and stay comfortable. During a tuneup, certified technicians examine every component of the system, including refrigerant, filters, fans, coils and housing. Repairing minor problems as they are found keeps the unit running smoothly and reduces the potential for expensive repairs later. Simply changing the AC filter regularly can reduce energy consumption by as much as 15%.
Weatherizing your home or business seals leaks around doors and windows, in the attic and other places in the building shell. Simple weatherization repairs include caulking and weather-stripping around windows and doors, caulking where pipes and electrical conduits enter the building and placing foam gaskets behind electrical outlets. These repairs can save up to 20% on home energy bills. Sealing air leaks also creates a more comfortable indoor environment.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans do not actually cool a room. Instead, they cool people by using moving air to disperse body heat and evaporate perspiration. They can be used as a single method of cooling when temperatures are moderate. However, as temperatures rise and humidity increases, they lose effectiveness. The Department of Energy recommends using them with air conditioning to improve comfort, increase ventilation and lower energy usage. You can raise thermostat settings 4 degrees with no loss of comfort.
Call Vernon the Heating and Cooling Specialist
Vernon the Heating and Cooling Specialist has more than 40 years of experience in providing superior HVAC services to the Alexandria area. Our NATE-certified technicians can help make your HVAC system more effective and keep it in tip-top shape. Our maintenance plans include two tune-ups a year, priority scheduling and other benefits.
For more information about how to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system, call today to schedule an appointment.