Essential Home Tips for Summer Heat

As summer approaches, it’s time to prepare your home to withstand the rising temperatures. A well-prepared home not only keeps you cool but also helps in reducing energy costs. Here are some essential tips to get your home summer-ready.

Optimize Your Cooling System

Understand how to operate your HVAC system to keep your indoor environment comfortable. Regularly change air filters to maintain optimal air quality and efficiency. Get to know your thermostat settings and consider programming it to match your daily routine. Ensure everything is functioning properly before you need it.

Programmable Thermostat

You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat for when you are away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort with an automatic setback using a programmable thermostat. This can lead to a 5 to 15 percent reduction in energy use according to the Department of Energy.

Solar Panel System

Solar panels are extremely durable and built to withstand the elements. While solar panels don’t typically need regular maintenance, it’s always good to keep an eye out. We recommend you do a regular visual inspection of your solar panels from the ground. Look for things like debris, wasps, and anything else that seems out of place.

It’s also important that the area around your solar system stays free and clear. If you have trees that grow near your solar panels, make sure that they are regularly trimmed. As new foliage grows around your solar panels, your solar production may be negatively impacted by new shade. Refer to your Solar Warranty for complete maintenance details.

Ceiling Fans and Ventilation

Ceiling fans can enhance the efficiency of air conditioning by distributing cool air more evenly, allowing you to set the thermostat higher without sacrificing comfort. In the summer, set the fan to rotate counterclockwise to create a cooling breeze. Clean the blades regularly to avoid dust buildup.

Enhance Window Efficiency

Using shades is an effective way to keep your home cool during the summer by blocking direct sunlight and reducing heat gain. Having exterior shade over your outdoor patio will also help your indoors remain cooler along with keeping your family comfortable while enjoying your outdoor space.

By taking these steps, you can ensure your home is well-prepared for the summer heat. From optimizing your cooling system to utilizing your solar system, these efforts will keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient all season long.

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