Step Into Spring Weather With These Energy-Smart TipsPublished on: March 11, 2016
With spring quickly arriving, you’ve probably already started making big plans to freshen up your home. While you’re doing some spring cleaning, it’s a perfect time to make sure your home is ready for the heat and humidity of the summer ahead. There are lots of ways to conserve energy while increasing the comfort of your Mississippi home during these warmer, wetter seasons.
The key is to focus on energy-smart actions that will increase your home’s performance and prevent costly repairs down the road.
Improve Your Drainage
Those early spring showers can get pretty heavy, but they’ll give you a chance to see how your landscape is draining. If you have sinks in your landscape where water tends to settle, or water runs toward your home and into crawl spaces, you’ll want to remedy the situation quickly. If water settles around your home’s structure, you’ll have to worry about mold and moisture-loving termites. Restructure your land or install landscaping features that successfully redirect water away from your home.
Clean and Repair Your Gutters
Make sure your gutters are free from debris that can cause blockages. When the spring rains start pouring down, current blockages are easy to spot if the water flow from your downspouts is non-existent or low. Blockages can cause backups, flooding, and other major issues that are costly to repair. Take the time to clean and fix any damaged or cluttered areas of your gutters.
Tune Up Your Air Conditioner
While warmer temperatures are still relatively mild, there’s no better time to check your air conditioner. As summer draws near, you’ll want to make sure you’re ready to tackle the heat. Consider an air conditioner maintenance contract that covers all pre-season HVAC tune-ups.
There are many issues that can go undetected before they really create a noticeable problem. A refrigerant leak might remain undetected until you realize one day that the air conditioner is blowing little to no cool air. A tune-up will catch small problems before they become complicated issues. Tune-ups also extend the life of your system and increase its energy efficiency.
Plan for Humidity Control
The South is notorious for humidity. Humidity makes the heat feel several degrees hotter than it really is and introduces new issues like mildew and mold. It can also aggravate health issues for people who struggle with respiratory problems. Consider investing in a dehumidifier that works in line with your HVAC unit for maximum efficiency. Having a system in place to manage humidity levels can help improve the air quality in your home and prevent mold growth.
Seal Air Leaks
If there are air leaks in your home’s building envelope, this is the right time to fix them. When you start using your AC for the first time in the season without fixing the leaks, cool air can and will escape, causing your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. That translates to a lot of energy waste and higher than normal cooling bills. Common leaky areas are windows and door frames as well as poorly sealed attics.
Secure and Clean Your Home’s Outdoor Structures
You may have held off on fixing outdoor structures that are in need of repair, like damaged outdoor window frames or broken shutters. If you live in a region vulnerable to hurricanes, like in coastal southeastern cities, it’s a good idea to make sure your home’s frame is hurricane-resistant.
Powerwash your siding as algae and mildew tend to build up in humid months. By giving your house a good clean, you can limit the spread of these unsightly growths.
The energy of spring can bring a sense of newness and rejuvenation into your life. Giving your home a refreshing facelift can be hugely satisfying while also helping you reap benefits in energy conservation, savings, and time.
Let one of our contractors at AC Southeast® assist you in your project. We can help you arrange a convenient HVAC maintenance agreement that will keep your system in the best shape possible. Our contractors can also help you explore smart options for dealing with humidity problems this spring and summer.