1. Your AC’s Air Filter Needs Changed

When was the last time that you changed the filter in your HVAC system? A dirty air filter can negatively impact the performance of your air conditioning. Your HVAC works hard enough to keep up with the heat, and adding the obstacle of an old filter only makes it run harder.

For best results, swap out your AC filter every 90 days if you don’t have pets. If you have more than one pet or someone in your home has allergies, once per month is best.

2. Your Attic Isn’t Well-Ventilated

Have you thought about air circulation in your attic lately? Chances are, you haven’t. However, the two are certainly connected. When your attic space doesn't receive proper airflow, you'll find that the attic will heat up quite quickly. Although your attic is typically warmer than the rest of your house during the summer, this will only make your AC work harder to cool down the rest of your home.

To ensure that your attic is sufficiently ventilated, be sure that the eaves on your roof contain vents. If they don't, you'll need to have some installed as soon as possible. Place the vents near the peak of the roof and soffit vents near the eaves. Remember that your attic can account for up to 25% of your home’s energy loss, so proper ventilation is priority.

3. Your Windows are Old and Drafty

The attic isn't the only culprit for major energy loss in the home. Windows also account for an additional 25% of energy loss, which is bad news if you're trying to keep your bank account in check this summer.

How do you know that your windows are raising your energy bills? One possible sign to consider is age. If your windows are between 15-20 years old, there's a high possibility that the seal isn't quite as airtight as before. Energy can escape through areas in the windows such as the sash, sill, and frames.

No homeowner wants to lose energy, especially during the dog days of summer. If you need to increase the efficiency of your home this season, contact Universal Windows Direct for Energy Star-certified exterior products.