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4 Summer Maintenance Tasks to Keep Energy Costs Low

4 Summer Maintenance Tasks to Keep Energy Costs Low

Semmes, Alabama summers can really put your air conditioner to work fighting the temperatures. If you are engaged in a battle between high energy bills and home cooling, there are maintenance tasks you can undertake that can help to lower your expenses and keep you comfortable.

Change Your Filter

Changing the filter in your air conditioner can lower your energy costs by as much as 15 percent. You should change or clean your filter once a month during the summer for the best results. How often you change your filter will depend on the kind you use. If you are not familiar with how to do this, ask your HVAC professional to show you how it’s done during the next maintenance visit.

Landscaping Around the Unit

Take extra care of the area around the outdoor unit. Bushes, leaves, and plants should be at least two feet away on all sides. Make sure to keep grass carefully trimmed in this area as well. If the landscaping around your unit is cluttered, it will have difficulty pulling in air and operating efficiently.

Setting Your Thermostat

Pay attention to your thermostat settings to ensure you are setting temperatures practically, and for efficiency according to the season. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a setting of 78 degrees in summer when you need cooling. Turn the thermostat up during periods when you are away from home or when you are generally inactive, such as overnight.

Change the Direction of Ceiling Fans

Your ceiling fan can both heat and cool your home, but it needs to be rotating in the right direction. Make sure your ceiling fan is rotating counterclockwise in summer to produce a cooling wind chill effect. Aim to change the direction as part of your spring cleaning routine before the summer heat really kicks in. To learn more about how you can lower your energy costs, or explore the options for upgrading to a more efficient unit, contact us at Air Specialty by calling (251) 545-3337. Our technicians are fully trained and experienced to provide you with the right services for your home or business.
How to Embrace Ceiling Fans to Maximize Cooling

How to Embrace Ceiling Fans to Maximize Cooling

We’re lucky to have many days with mild temperatures here along the Gulf Coast, but we also have to endure our share of hot, muggy summers and cold winters. Fortunately, ceiling fans can be used in all kinds of weather — both to maximize cooling on hot days and to enhance the warmth provided by your furnace in winter. Selecting the correct ceiling fan direction for heating or cooling will keep your family more comfortable and can lower your utility bills.

Ceiling Fans for Cooling

A ceiling fan doesn’t actually lower the temperature of the air in a room; it takes advantage of the wind chill effect to make the room feel cooler. As air moves across moist skin, it speeds up evaporation, which absorbs heat from the skin to produce a cooling effect. Look for a switch on the side of your fan’s rotor housing that lets you select the fan’s direction. Modern models may also have a fan direction switch on the remote control. The correct ceiling fan direction for cooling is counterclockwise. This makes the tilted fan blades sweep air from near the ceiling down into the room. The air high in the room is hotter than the air lower down, but the air’s motion will make it feel cooler to the room’s occupants.

Ceiling Fans to Enhance Heating

On cold days, ceiling fans keep the warm air near the ceiling mixed with the cooler air near the floor. The correct ceiling fan direction for winter operation is clockwise, so the blades sweep air up from the middle of the room and blow it outward to fall down along the walls back to the floor. People sitting in furniture around the room’s perimeter will feel the warm air coming down from the ceiling. Learn more about ceiling fan direction, as well as Air Specialty’s cooling solutions, or give us a call at 251-545-3337.  
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