Of the myriad issues surrounding your HVAC unit, staying cool during the spring might seem the easiest to solve. However, despite this season’s minimal demands on your unit, there’s more to being comfortable indoors than meets the eye.

In a recent post, we dove in-depth on ways to stay cool in the Southeastern spring. In today’s blog, we’ll add 3 energy-saving tips to your toolkit to keep you as comfortable as possible before the summer’s relentless heat ratchets up your home’s energy usage. 

Get Things Moving

It might seem like a no-brainer, but ceiling fans are one of the most cost-effective ways to improve air circulation in your home.

That said, the key to this is setting your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise. To do so, there is a simple switch you need to locate on your fan; it’s usually black, and it is on the unit above the blades and light. To check the direction, simply turn your fan on. If it’s running clockwise, turn it off and wait for it to stop before reversing the switch and putting it in the proper direction. 

This might seem like an insignificant difference, but according to the U.S. Department of Energy, using a ceiling fan this way can make it possible to set your thermostat four degrees higher and stay just as comfortable. And yes, we do install energy-efficient ceiling fans!

Seal It Up

Air leaks, commonly known as “drafts,” often occur around doors, windows, ducts, recessed lights, and furnace flues. Leaky ductwork is especially important, as it can cause 20% – 30% of an average home’s air conditioning to seep out. Needless to say, each of these leaks loses your home’s energy and makes your HVAC unit work that much harder

By sealing these leaks with weatherstripping, caulking, or insulation, you can prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from entering your home. Cooper Mechanical Services provides comprehensive home energy audits to identify and address air leaks, helping you conserve energy and enhance indoor comfort.

For easy-to-reach spots such as windows and doors, Energy Star recommends using caulk or weather stripping (these can be found at any home improvement store). Expanding foam, mastic sealant, or metal tape might be better options for trickier spots such as attics and crawlspaces. 

If you’re unsure of either of these situations, it’s best to call a trusted service provider like Cooper Mechanical Services. We’d rather take the time to fix a simple issue than have you damage yourself or your home!

Maintain Your Unit

Regular maintenance ensures your AC system operates at peak efficiency and performance. Simple tasks such as cleaning or replacing air filters, checking ductwork for leaks, and ensuring proper airflow can reduce energy consumption. Cooper Mechanical Services offers comprehensive AC maintenance services to keep your system running smoothly, reduce energy waste, and prolong its lifespan.

Call Cooper Today

With over 100 positive Google reviews, Cooper Mechanical Services has the fix for your home’s temperature problems. Fill out our contact form here or call us at 843-626-3689 to schedule your service call today!