I opened the door and walked to the mailbox the other morning.
- This is something that I generally do the very first thing after I put on my robe.
And on that morning, I was already sweating by the time I got back to my front door. The HVAC cooling season is once again upon us and that’s just the way it is. It’s not as though I dread the summer. But in this region, it’s by far our most expensive HVAC season by far. The winter hardly even registers on the HVAC cost scale. The heat pump just doesn’t come on all that much so the heating costs around here are negligible. Fall and spring aren’t too bad either. In the fall, we’re coming out of the heat season so we need far less HVAC cooling with that change. And we try not to go to deep with the air conditioning in spring so we can acclimate to the heat again. Still, the summer is not manageable without HVAC cooling and plenty of it. To that end, I follow a tried and true air conditioning strategy that starts with the air conditioning tune-up in the spring. From there, I make sure the house stays really tight. That means new weather stripping if necessary and making sure all gaps and cracks are sealed on the exterior. I make sure there is no direct sunlight heating by pulling drapes in that part of the house. Finally, I program the thermostat so it’s never more than 15 degrees cooler than the outside air during the peak heating hours of the day.