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How to Prepare for Warmer Weather

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Experts are predicting another hot summer. Is your home prepared to keep you comfortable? Follow these tips to stay cool and keep energy costs in check.

Schedule an AC Tune-Up

Now is the time to have your home’s AC system serviced. While you should already be changing the filter every month or two, there are a few other maintenance items that need to be checked off. Aside from cleaning the condensation lines and outdoor coils, the service technicians will also inspect for refrigerant leaks, tighten electrical connections and lubricate moving parts.

Install Blackout Curtains

During the summer, direct sunlight can cause the inside of your home to heat up, forcing your AC to work harder to overcome the temperature differential. To help your unit to operate as efficiently as possible, consider installing blackout curtains. They do a great job of keeping out the heat and keeping in the cool.

Change the Ceiling Fan Rotation

You shouldn’t rely solely on an AC unit to cool your home. Constantly running your HVAC could lead to premature wear and tear. To extend the life of your home comfort system and reduce energy consumption, turn on your ceiling fans. Change the fan’s setting to rotate counterclockwise to blow cool air downward.

Install a Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat learns your household's patterns. When no one is at home, it can automatically adjust the climate for maximum energy savings. You can also remotely adjust the thermostat settings from using your mobile phone. Energy-Star certified models can save you 8% on your cooling and heating costs.

Inspect for Cracks and Holes

Before the weather really starts to heat up, be sure to inspect your home for holes and gaps around windows and exterior doors. You can seal cracks using an inexpensive caulking gun. You may also need to replace old weatherstripping around your windows and doors.

For all of your cooling needs this summer, rely on Hedrick's Service Now. To schedule an appointment, call (214) 509-6029.

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