Summer is cooking, and our Castro Valley air conditioning professionals are busy ensuring the health and comfort of the East Bay population. During the dog days of July and August, it can get sweltering, even here in temperate Northern California. But if you approach HVAC maintenance correctly during the summer, you can cut back on the A/C bill, and enjoy enhanced peace of mind.

Here are 3 ideas to get you started:

1. Service your A/C.

You can try to change your A/C filter and adjust settings to protect your equipment and reduce redundant energy consumption yourself. But you likely will make big mistakes. The reality is that there is no substitute for insight from a trusted Castro Valley HVAC professional.

2. Create a checklist of tasks to do on a weekly and/or daily basis to control your home’s temperature and humidity and to minimize costs.

Create simple rules that you and your entire family can follow – as opposed to a big manual of “best practices” that no one will apply.

For instance, you might consider turning off your A/C every day after you leave from work, and flipping it back on, remotely, a half hour before you arrive home. That way, your place will be cool, and you won’t waste energy. Other little things you can do: draw the shades on sunny days; clean your attics and air ducts; and install an energy usage monitor.

3. Consider longer term measures to make your place more energy efficient.

  • Plant shrubbery outside (to block the sun);
  • Fix/add weather stripping to your windows or doors;
  • Repair/revamp your HVAC system;
  • Engage in other creative construction and remodeling.

These tactics can all reduce your energy bills and make your space beautiful and comfortable.

Whether you’re in “emergency mode” – desperate for cool air because your A/C just went kaput for mysterious reasons – or you’re looking for a more strategic way to save energy and eliminate waste costs, get in touch with an East Bay general contractor at B.A. Morrison today.

We’re fully insured and bonded, and we’ve been in business for nearly two and half decades. Call us now at 510-538-9817 to discuss your A/C and HVAC maintenance needs.

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