The Northern Virginia area is known for its sweltering (and humid!) summers, where staying cool inside the home is critical. So to escape the summer heat, we’ve put together our top tips on how to stay cool in your home all summer long.
1. Switch Your Fans Directions: Hot air rises which can make it at times, even with the air conditioner running a bit balming on the top level. To cool things down, make sure your ceiling fan is rotating counter-clockwise. The air directly under the ceiling fan pushes down creating a wind chill effect. To change the direction of your fan blade rotation, flip the switch on the base of your ceiling fan, pull the chord and you should be good to go.
2. HVAC Maintenace: This is critical to the overall health and longevity of your HVAC unit. During a routine “check up” our technicians will check both the indoor and outdoor components of your air conditioner, including all internal parts, motors, and belts. The AC’s coolant levels will be measured and lost coolant will be replaced if needed. Our technician will check the safety controls, circuits, drain line (may flush if necessary), pump and all caps and valves. Next, our technician will inspect the electrical components to check for signs of wear or damage. Finally, he will check that your outdoor unit is level for optimum performance. Close Curtains/Blinds: Check your favorite weather app to see when peak sunlight/UV light hours are and how it will hit your home. By closing up your blinds and curtains before you head out to the office or run errands will assist in keeping your home cooler upon your return.
3. Adjust Your Thermostat When Away: Who likes saving money? Thought so. According to energy.gov, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours per day from its normal setting. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more humid climates like the D.C. Metropolitan area. This also prevents your HVAC unit from working harder than necessary for the time periods you’re not home.
4. Replace Your Filters Regularly: HVAC filters prevent dust and debris from entering your air conditioner or ductwork. Not only do they assist with keeping your indoor air quality clean, but also prevents your HVAC unit from working overtime to cool your home or workplace.
5. Call Shaw: If your air quality isn’t up to par and you’re feeling a little sticky or sweaty in your home or office, it’s time to call Shaw. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing personalized service to residents and commercial properties throughout the Northern Virginia region. We look forward to talking with you soon: 571-261-3800