July’s just around the corner. That’s supposed to be the hottest month of the year and if the last couple of weeks is any indication, that means it’s going to be really hot! Here in Cache Valley, we’re already getting water restrictions put in place to manage the drought and they’ll probably get more strict as the summer goes on. How are you going to beat the heat? Well, we asked Easy Breezy Ducts, a duct cleaning company here in Cache Valley what they suggest. Here’s what they said.
1. Clean Your Ducts
Easy Breezy told us that they get a lot of people telling them that their heating and air conditioning work much better after having their ducts cleaned. The reason is simple: your heating and air conditioning uses your ducts to do the job. If your ducts are full of dust, it chokes the vents. It restricts the air flow, forcing your system to work harder to keep up. You’ll have to run your air conditioning for much longer to get the same results. This is also bad for your system because the extra work causes it to wear out faster. A quick duct cleaning can make sure that nothing restricts your air flow, removing that problem.
2. HVAC Maintenance
Even if your vents are clean, you’re not getting the best performance if your HVAC system is worn out. Your air conditioning is like a car: a very complex machine with many moving parts. Just like a car, the more you use it, the more it wears out. Friction causes the parts to break down. It won’t suddenly break on you, but it will become less efficient over time. It needs maintenance to keep it all in good working condition. If it’s been a while since you had maintenance done on your HVAC, you should definitely look into it. Regular maintenance can keep it running smoothly and extend the life of your system.
3. Check Your Insulation
Your insulation does more than just keep you warm in the winter. Insulation works by creating a barrier between the inside and outside of your house. This barrier prevents the transfer of heat and it works both ways. During the winter, it keeps the air inside warm. During the summer, it keeps the warm air from getting inside. Insulation can wear out, too. Insulation around the doors and windows scrap a bit when you open and close them. Animals can chew through insulation to try and get in. They can also just wear out from exposure to the elements. If your insulation falls into disrepair, the warm air outside will get in, making your house hotter. This in turn forces your air conditioning to work harder to keep it cool.
If you’ve cleaned your ducts and had HVAC maintenance done recently, but you’re still finding it hard to keep your house cool, you should have your insulation checked. You’ll find it much easier to keep your house cool this summer if the hot air stays outside.
Keep Cool This Summer
The heat’s going to be unpleasant once July really gets underway. With the drought situation, we’re not going to be able to rely on water as much. To really keep cool, we’re going to have to make sure our house is at top levels of efficiency for managing temperature. You’ll want to make sure that your ducts are clean so nothing blocks the movement of air, and that your HVAC is in peak condition to give the best results. Proper insulation will help reduce the amount of energy you need to spend keeping your house cool, which will save money on your power bill as well as reduce the wear on your air conditioning.
If you haven’t checked up on these things, now’s the best time to do it. Don’t wait for the heat to drive up your power bill before finding out if some simple solutions will help. Check it out now, before the Cache Valley summer really hits us hard.