CHECK YOU AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM
At the height of the summer, your AC or HVAC unit is probably working hard to keep you comfortable. To ensure it runs at optimum efficiency, it’s a good idea to give it a closer look during peak-season operation.
1. Check that all interior air ducts and grills are clear.
2. Remove and clean or replace air filters, and inspect the unit for mold in damp areas. 3. While your fan is running, listen for rattles or scrapes that might suggest a loose cover, fan blade or belt. However, be sure not to access this area when the unit is running. Turn the unit off before removing the protective fan grill to check for loose parts.
4. Outside, check around your condenser, and make sure it is well ventilated, the area is free of bushes and debris and that airflow is not impeded.
RETROTFITTING WINDOW SCREENS CAN REDUCE COOLING COSTS
Modern, permanent or temporary window screens can be a cost-effective method of reducing a room’s exposure to the sun’s heat and your air conditioning bills. There are alternatives to expensive high-tech windows and doors with built-in screens and reflective Venetian blinds. Now some custom-fit window screens are permanent, with remote control retraction, while some are temporary installations, with removable fasteners. Other types have a reflective surface that lets light in while reflecting most of the sun’s heat, allowing homeowners to open their windows and let the breezes blow through.