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Cheverly, Maryland has beautiful weather in summer, and it’s a perfect time for you to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Warm weather is even more fun when you can come back to a cool, comfortable home. Unfortunately, many people accidentally heat their home in summer, which forces them to use their air conditioner more and increases their utility bills. People often add heat to their homes by running ceiling fans in the wrong direction, using appliances at the wrong times, or forgetting about HVAC maintenance.

Running Ceiling Fans in the Wrong Direction

A ceiling fan moves clockwise in winter to distribute warm air trapped near your ceiling. This saves energy and makes your home more comfortable. You should change the direction of your ceiling fan so that it moves counterclockwise in spring. Just flip the small switch in the center of the fan to create a cooling breeze instead of making your home feel warmer.

Using Appliances at the Wrong Times

Using your oven or running your dishwasher on a hot day can make your home feel miserable. Whenever it’s convenient, use appliances that produce heat in the morning or the evening instead of during the middle of the day or the afternoon. That way, you won’t have to use your air conditioner as much. Even TVs, computers, and inefficient lights can add heat to your home. Also, some power companies charge more for electricity used during peak hours, which are usually noon to 7 p.m.

Forgetting to Maintain Your HVAC System

You should have your air conditioner checked by a professional in spring or summer to keep it running efficiently and prevent breakdowns. Homeowners should also remember to check their air filters once per month and remove debris like leaves, grass clippings, or twigs from their outdoor unit.

Griffith Energy Services can help you stay cool and comfortable, and we have more than 100 years of experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC equipment. Call us anytime at 888-474-3391 for excellent service.

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