Around here, we hardly even refer to it as summer as much as it’s simply heat season.
This time of year is the part of the year where the HVAC equipment really earns its keep.
I think one of the reasons I call it heat season is that the heat doesn’t turn off when the kids go back to school. In my mind, that is when summer has officially come to an end. But the air conditioning in this region continues on full blast throughout September in fact. There’s even some air conditioning happening by November some years. So while it’s still winter, I am already thinking about preparations for the heat season. Most of these preparations center around making sure that I can keep the HVAC cooling costs down. If you go into heat season without any sort of plan, it will cost you an amount of money that can be staggering. This happened to me the first few years that I lived here. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Taking the time to be sure that there is a good seal on your house is really important and can save a ton on air conditioning costs. Additionally, it’s really important to call the HVAC company as part of the prep. Getting an HVAC technician to do the required HVAC maintenance on the heat pump prior to the summer heat is imperative. Once that’s all done, it’s then a matter of programming the thermostat or making sure that you have good thermostat discipline. And getting a bit accustomed to the heat season prior to pouring on all that air conditioning is also a very important step.