Why These Summer HVAC Tips Will Come in Handy for Your Home

Indoor comfort and efficiency are a year-round concern, but summer HVAC tips are particularly sought after. Summers here in Terre Haute reliably feature average daily temperatures in the upper 80s, with frequent spikes into the 90s. High relative humidity is another significant factor in the daily comfort calculation. The good news, however, is that you can take proactive steps to reduce the effects of hot weather on both your indoor comfort and your monthly cooling costs. Relax and take a few moments to consider the following summer HVAC tips:

  • Maximize airflow. Cool air flowing freely through your HVAC system supports indoor comfort as well as energy-efficient AC operation. To support optimum airflow, be sure to replace the system’s air filter monthly. Check all supply and return air vents in every room to make sure they are fully open and not obstructed by drapes, furniture, or other objects.
  • Treat the windows. Nearly 50% of heat gain during the summer enters the house in the form of solar energy radiating through windows. Window treatments such as curtains and blinds are important to reduce summer sunlight. Remember to close drapes and blinds to shut out solar heat, especially during midday hours.
  • Seal the structure. Outdoor air infiltrating the house through cracks and gaps brings unwanted heat into the home, as well as outdoor humidity. Air leakage is typically responsible for about 13% of heat gain during summer. Weatherstripping around doors and windows steadily wears out and should be inspected annually and replaced when necessary. Use caulking to seal gaps around window frames and any other openings that penetrate to the outdoors, such as plumbing pipes, cables, and vents.
  • Fans are cool friends. Energy-efficient ceiling fans create a gentle downward breeze in rooms, making humans and pets feel cooler even if the indoor temperature is not reduced. This is just one of many summer HVAC tips that enhance indoor comfort without pushing the thermostat setting lower and raising monthly cooling costs.

Since 1922, Paitson Bros. has helped keep Terre Haute cool and comfortable in hot, humid weather. Contact our professionals for more summer HVAC tips.

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