Nothing is worse than having your air conditioner act up in the middle of a hot summer. If you’re anything like me, you go to a motel or sit in the car to cool off. My father used to say that you can always put on more clothes to get warm but you can’t take off enough to get cool. It is especially rough when trying to sleep. First and foremost, let the highly trained and motivated technicians from one of the Mauger & Co., Inc. companies service your HVAC equipment. We offer a large selection of service plan contracts all of which include a free, annual cleaning that includes a multi-point inspection, filter change along with a free chimney inspection for your continued safety. Our experts can make sure that you remain a Cool Cat throughout the Dog Days of summer.
Things the Homeowner Can Do
Simple projects go a long way helping the HVAC system cool your home. Seal holes and cracks in your ducts. Flush your hot water heater tank at every season change and make sure the pressure relief valve is functioning well. After replacing the caulk/weather stripping around those drafty windows and doors year after year, consider upgrading them to Energy Star windows and doors. (Keep the possible tax credit in mind!) While you’re at it, add more insulation to your attic to help keep the cool air inside. An attic fan can help to keep air moving and avoid hot spots.
Important: Make sure your fire and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. Change the batteries when you change the clocks. The experts at Mauger & Co., Inc. can help you identify and correct things before they become problems. Remember, saving energy saves you money.
Inspect the Roof
The wetness of the weather can do a number on your roof if you don’t prepare. Be sure to clear off leaves and other debris from your roof and gutters to avoid damage from mold and rot. Replace warped and damaged shingles while the weather is still pleasant and check flashing for leaks. If you don’t feel comfortable going onto the roof, have a licensed roofer do it.
Take control of the temperature in your home by installing a smart thermostat. Some models can learn and adjust to your routine so that you don’t have to remember to turn it down when you leave the house or go to bed. Some only heat or cool the occupied areas of the house saving energy by not addressing empty rooms. Some can be controlled remotely by your smartphone. They allow you precise control and more awareness of your usage, which helps save you money.
The staff at Mauger & Co., Inc. is dedicated to your comfort and safety. Ask us as we are the experts. Our Field Supervisors are available to answer questions and assist you in any way about cooling your home.