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Preparing Your Home & HVAC System for Summer

Preparing Your Home & HVAC System for Summer

As temperatures begin to climb and the days get longer, summer is on its way. It’s crucial not only to plan your vacations but also to ensure your home and HVAC system are primed for the upcoming heat. Here’s how to prepare your living space and cooling system so you can enjoy a comfortable, chill summer.


Tidy Up Around The House

Declutter and Clean

Begin with general house cleaning. Declutter each room to maximize airflow, which is essential for keeping your environment cool and fresh. Dust off surfaces and vacuum the floors to prevent your HVAC system from circulating dust.

Seal Windows and Doors

Inspect all windows and doors for leaks. Even the smallest crack can let in warm air, forcing your HVAC system to work harder. Apply weather-stripping or caulk to seal these leaks.

Upgrade Insulation

Check your attic and walls for adequate insulation. Good insulation keeps the heat out during summer, making it easier for your HVAC system to maintain a cool temperature.


Optimize Your HVAC System

Schedule Professional Maintenance

Before the peak of summer hits, schedule a professional maintenance check for your HVAC system to ensure it’s running efficiently. This can prevent mid-summer breakdowns and improve energy efficiency.

Change Air Filters

A simple but often overlooked task is changing your HVAC air filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce system efficiency. For best results, replace them every 1-3 months.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Take control of your indoor climate with a programmable thermostat. It allows you to set the temperature to rise when you’re out and cool down before you return, saving energy and money.

Consider an HVAC Upgrade

If your HVAC system is over a decade old, it may be time for an upgrade. Newer models are more energy-efficient and can significantly lower your electricity bills.


Enhance Your Outdoor Space

Landscape for Shade

Plant trees or install awnings to create shade, reducing the amount of direct sunlight hitting your home. This can naturally decrease indoor temperatures.

Maintain the Area Around Your HVAC Unit

Ensure there’s at least 2-3 feet of clear space around your outdoor HVAC unit. Remove any debris that might block airflow or damage the system.

Use Fans Wisely

Ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down. Remember, fans cool people by moving air over the skin, they don’t lower the room temperature.

Invest in Window Treatments

Blackout curtains or reflective blinds can deflect sunlight and contribute to maintaining cooler interiors without overworking your HVAC system.

By taking the time to prepare your home and HVAC system for summer, you’ll ensure comfort during the hot months and save on energy costs. Start early, and you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy the sunny days ahead with peace of mind.


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Keith Lawson Services is an American Standard Customer Care Dealer having served the Tallahassee area for more than 44 years. We have the tools and expertise to take care of all your HVAC needs!

Give us a call at 850-562-2600 or email us at info@keithlawson.com. We’re available 24/7/365 for emergency service. Follow us on Facebook for more helpful home tips!