Heat is on the Horizon

As our temperatures in the southwest trend northward, and 100 degree days loom on the horizon, it's important to be aware of air conditioning maintenance that can save you thousands this summer.

Scheduling a seasonal tune-up for your AC unit is a great plan to get a jump on the heat, and can be less costly in the long run. Noticing changes in sounds from your AC unit can signal impending issues, similar to if you hear odd noises from your automobile.

Homeowners should also consider setting their thermostats to the highest temperature they're comfortable with. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it recommends that setting your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer is a good starting point, but take your personal preferences into account. Another way to reduce costs is by turning your thermostat up a few degrees when you leave your house for the day. Many individuals believe that it’s best to turn off your air conditioning unit while they're away, but experts agree that you can reduce cooling costs by up to 10% if you turn your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees higher for eight hours a day.

Using smart-tech can also help reduce your monthly costs. A programmable thermostat will allow the unit to automatically set temperatures for when you are typically away for the day, and they adjust accordingly when you're coming home.

Filters are equally crucial in air conditioning maintenance, just like a coffee filter keeps grounds out of your morning cup of joe. Some filters within our home keep our families safe and makes home life more enjoyable. Filters can reduce pollen, smoke, pet dander, bacteria, dust, mold, dust mites, and more. Spring is a hotbed for allergens, such as pollen, but animal allergens and mold spores can also affect your indoor air quality. Air filters should be changed regularly to keep your system running smoothly and to maintain optimal air quality. It is recommended to change your air filter at least once every three months and more often if you have allergies, pets, or its pollen season. Filter rating systems can help you determine what filter best fits your needs. The MERV system is the industry standard and the higher the rating number, the more particulates that get filtered.

Now that your safety is secured, its time your home feels warm and inviting. One of the best ways to create this feeling is through lighting. The Philips Hue light bulbs allow the homeowner to control the lighting ambiance through their mobile app. The user can infuse the room with an energizing glow of light, or set it to a relaxing mode, that brings in a softer fill and allowing you to wind down for the evening.

Setting up all these new devices may seem daunting, but once installed your smart home should make some day-to-day obstacles a little less invasive, and home security measures should help you rest easier; but for a great night's sleep the Sleep Number Smart Bed automatically adjusts firmness, comfort, and support to keep you relaxed. The system also can pre-warm your feet to help reduce the amount of time it takes for you to drift off into your dreams.

While we may not be living in the clouds just yet, and the availability of options seems endless try and select one or two that may make the most significant impact on your life, and make it just a little bit easier.

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