Posting Date: July 03, 2018
Posted by: Glen Herd, Houston, TX Branch Manager
The hottest days of the year are coming – be prepared!
Here’s a whole-house checklist of things to do to keep your home cool and all systems up and running during the hot summer months.
- Keep doors to your conditioned spaces closed; if there are rooms you don’t typically use in the summer, close those doors, too
- Check the foam or rubber around the sides and frame of the door to be sure they are efficiently preventing cool air from escaping
- Clear any debris from the window track and sill so the window seals properly
- Add silicon latex caulk around the outside window frame to prevent heat from entering the house.
- Consider shades or other window treatments to prevent solar heat gain
Air conditioner/heat pump
- Get an A/C or heat pump tune-up or sign up for a to prevent problems later in the season
- Close vents in unused rooms and in the basement
- Periodically wipe vents clean with a damp microfiber cloth to keep good airflow
- Move vent-blocking obstacles and furniture
- Check your HVAC filter once a month, replacing or cleaning it as necessary
- If you have a whole house dehumidifier, have it serviced
- If you have a propane whole house back-up generator, run it at least once early in the season; have enough propane gas to last at least a week in the event of a severe weather power outage
- Adjust fan rotation direction to make sure it draws cool air up into the room rather than pushing it down (see manufacturer’s instructions); run the fan in conjunction with your cooling system to keep air circulating.
- Aim for a temperature of about 78 degrees when people are home to get the best balance of comfort and energy savings; raise the thermostat when no one is home.
- Test all smoke alarms, carbon monoxide sensors and radon detectors; replace batteries if needed.
- Make sure the damper is closed to prevent heat from entering through the chimney; summer is also a good time to schedule a chimney cleaning and inspection.
- Summer is a great time to beat the have your heating system maintained, too
- Consider adding insulation to stabilize the temperature of your home and give your A/C an assist (most homes are under-insulated)
- Use an attic fan to circulate and vent rising hot air from the house
Let Broward keep you safe, cool and comfortable this summer – contact us today for HVAC service, expert air conditioning and heat pump installations, and more!