Spring is here, so summer is right around the corner. This means long days and short nights, and the opportunity to enjoy outside activities. However, it can also mean hot days and restless nights if your HVAC system isn’t ready for summer. So, here are some summer HVAC tips to ensure comfort for your family and employees. Think about getting a technician out to inspect your HVAC system. Catching a small problem before it turns into a large one can save you money. A technician will be able to perform a tune up to get your AC system in tip top shape for the summer before the extreme heat settles in. The tech may perform tasks such as clearing and cleaning drains, cleaning fan blades and coils. All of this will allow your unit to cool more efficiently. Some basic tasks you can perform yourself involve cleaning or changing your air filter. This is probably the number one tune up you can do to increase the longevity of your system and lower its energy consumption. Filters can be picked up from all hardware stores and are relatively inexpensive. During the summer months, it is recommended you change your filter at least once a month. Go outside and clear the area around your outdoor unit. Make sure all plants and grass are at least a foot away from the unit, rake the leaves and check for any other type of debris. You want to ensure the unit is able to pull in air freely. To prevent large summer power bills, you may consider installing a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to have more control over your ambient temperature and you can even control some thermostats via your smartphone. Every time you set the thermostat up by 1 degree, you save 1% on your power bill! If you have an old HVAC system, you may consider buying a new energy efficient system. It can be a large cost upfront, but could potentially save you money over the next couple of years. An old system can be an energy drainer.