The dog days of summer in Georgia can be tough on air conditioners and homeowner budgets. Typically, our utility bills soar as we try to keep cool, while unexpected breakdowns from overuse can make it difficult to get through the hours until help arrives. But there are things you can do to keep your budget under control, while also ensuring that your HVAC equipment gets you through the long hot summer comfortably.
Following are some tips for how you can get your household — and your HVAC — through the long, hot summer, without breaking the bank and without breaking down.
If you don’t have ceiling fans in every room where you and your family spend time, you should. Ceiling fans create a nice breeze that augments the air conditioning. As perspiration evaporates on our skin, the breeze passes over it, creating a wind chill effect that allows us to cool down without having to turn the thermostat way down. Run the blades counterclockwise in the summer.
Is your house too damp? High relative humidity (anything over 50-55 percent) makes us feel warm, as perspiration on our skin can’t evaporate well under those conditions. Reduce the humidity by fixing plumbing and ceiling leaks, taking shorter showers, reducing cooking time (especially cooking that involves boiling water). Look into installing exhaust ventilation in the bathroom and over the range hood. Keep your air conditioner filter changed and the A/C will do a better job of dehumidifying the home. If your house is still too humid, look into installing a whole-house dehumidifier.
Regular maintenance will catch small problems before they become big, expensive repairs. Keeping the refrigerant at the right level, changing the air filter regularly and replacing parts before they wear out will ensure your system keeps running throughout the summer, and that it’s running at peak efficiency so you’re not wasting money on energy bills.
To learn more about keeping cool efficiently through the dog days of summer, contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.