Spring & Summer Energy Savings and Cooling Tips

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With spring in full effect here in the greater Columbia, SC area, summer will soon arrive. Are you still trying to figure out how to ease the strain on your utility bills from the increase in temperature this spring and summer? Good news for you, the Air Necessities Heating and Cooling team is here to help! You can save energy by taking advantage of the warmer weather and preparing your home for the SC heat and humidity. Keep reading below to learn how to cut energy costs this spring and summer while keeping your Columbia, SC home cool and comfortable. 

Reprogram Your Thermostat

If you have a programmable or smart thermostat, it’s important to stay on top of reprogramming it as the seasons change. If your thermostat is still programmed for the winter season, now is the time to change it! Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule the temperature in your home allowing for your HVAC system to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. This means you can have your thermostat set to its desired temperature while you’re home and let your HVAC system ease up while you’re away.

Use Ceiling Fans Efficiently

During the warmer months, your ceiling fans can be a great help when it comes to cooling off your Columbia, SC home. Running a ceiling fan counterclockwise creates a cooling effect that makes your home feel cooler and more comfortable without having to lower your thermostat. Only turn your fans on if you are in the same room as them and want to ease up on your AC unit while still feeling cool. If used while you’re not in the same room or they are constantly left on, this can actually use more energy than needed which can increase your energy bill. Be sure to use your ceiling fans wisely and efficiently for best results. 

Prepare Your Cooling System

Since your air conditioner will likely need to be used every day this spring and summer, it’s important to make sure that it’s working properly and efficiently before heavily relying on it. It’s important to schedule professional air conditioning maintenance as soon as possible. Maintenance helps to ensure that your AC unit is working properly and will be effective throughout the spring and summer season. If anything is wrong with your cooling system, it’s best to find out now rather than later when you need it the most. 

Keep the Heat Out

Lastly, make sure you are doing everything in your power to keep the heat out of your Columbia, SC home. One thing you can do to ensure heat it kept outside and the cool air is kept inside during the spring and summer is to make sure your insulation is sufficient. Leaky insulation can cause cool air to escape and warm air from the outside enter your home. In addition to making sure your insulation is sufficient, be sure to close your windows and blinds when the sun is the brightest to help prevent the heating effect direct sunlight can have on your Columbia, SC home.

If you need professional air conditioning services for your Columbia, SC home, give the Air Necessities Heating and Cooling team a call today! For more information on our HVAC services, check out our services page