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Cool for the Summer: 6 Hacks for Comfortable Indoor Temperatures

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Relying on your AC to get you through the dog days of summer? Your HVAC system is designed to keep your home comfortable year-round. Without energy-efficient products throughout your home, your HVAC system may have to work harder than ever to maintain pleasantly cool interior temperatures. Are you ready for a greener, comfortably cool future? To optimize your home’s temperature—and your potential energy bill savings—read on!

1. Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance Checks

Schedule a professional annual servicing to extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, ensuring you won’t have any surprisingly hot days indoors. As part of their maintenance routine, they’ll provide a tune-up, which involves cleaning the inside of your system and checking your filters. Services like this prevent any debris or dirt from clogging up your HVAC system or entering and circulating through your home. By addressing any clogs or other issues, you can ensure your HVAC system is performing at its best with less effort all season long.   

2. Install Smart Thermostats

Maintain consistent comfort and reduce your home’s energy waste with a thermostat system designed for flexibility and remote control. With a smart thermostat, you can program temperature settings based on your routine: increase your home’s temperature when you’re less likely to be there and lower it at night when you and your family are sleeping. By staying in control of your home’s airflow, even from afar, you can optimize your energy consumption and comfort.

3. Make Sure Your Home is Well-Sealed

Part of a comfortable home is a stress-free wallet. If you’ve noticed a recent increase in your energy bills, there may be a crack in your home’s window or door seals. Check the caulking around each frame on each product’s exterior and interior. It’s also worth checking for wood rot and cracks in any window panes. Depending on the damage you uncover, you may need to replace your windows and doors

Focusing on your home’s insulation and sealing will help you stay cool this summer and carry through into a cozy, warm home come the fall.

4. Optimize the Use of Your HVAC System This Season

You can optimize your HVAC system’s settings for seasonal performance. We recommend working with a professional to determine the best temperature settings for each season. Additional efficiency measures in your home, like ceiling fans and blinds, can help keep your HVAC system from working overtime by supporting airflow and minimizing heat transfer during the summer. Want to think ahead? In the winter, allow natural sunlight to help heat your home’s interior, rather than relying on your HVAC system to do all the work. You should also refrain from frequent thermostat adjustments, instead letting your HVAC system work at a standard pace. 

5. Replace Air Filters Frequently

Here’s something that may surprise you: Air filters could contribute to stuffier air if you’re not replacing them regularly. A clean air filter circulates the best air quality into your home and also ensures your cool air is being distributed effectively. We recommend checking your air filters every 1-3 months based on your system’s usage, as build-up is more likely to occur when your HVAC system is running continuously.

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6. Invest in Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

Window World’s energy-efficient windows and doors are designed with Low-E glass, argon gas and an advanced spacer system to deliver maximum cooling performance even on boiling-hot days. Plus, they’re engineered to prevent harmful UV rays from entering your home and damaging your furniture and decor. You may even see significant savings on your monthly utility bills by reducing the amount of work your HVAC system has to do to maintain comfortable interior temperatures. 

Work Smarter Not Harder with Window World

Stay cool in the heat of the summer with a switch Window World of Toledo’s energy-efficient products! We offer beautiful windows and doors in a variety of styles to best match your home. Best of all, they can be an important part of contributing to your home’s energy efficiency, meaning your HVAC works less to keep your home refreshingly cool.  Get started today with a free estimate request, or give us a call! We’ll be happy to help make your home your end-of-summer retreat.  

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