As the outside temperature increases, we tend to start cranking up the air conditioning in our homes. We’ve all had those moments where it’s so hot outside that we wish we could turn our house into an ice box, but that can cause our electric bill to skyrocket.
Nobody likes to sit inside on a summer day and feel sticky and sweaty, so we’re sharing some tips with you on how to keep your house cool as the weather gets warmer without overworking your AC.
Close Your Curtains and Blinds
To avoid bringing in that extra heat on a hot, sunny day, draw your curtains and blinds to block out the sun. This will reduce the amount of heat entering your home and will also give your AC a break so it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool.
Open Your Windows Once the Sun Goes Down
If you’re the type of person who isn’t afraid to let some fresh air in your home on a warmer day, turn your AC off and open up your windows once the sun goes down. You’ll be surprised at how quickly a refreshing breeze circulates throughout your home.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
During the warmer months, it can be tempting to crank your thermostat down when you’re feeling hot and uncomfortable in your home. Setting a program on your thermostat will reduce the temptation to turn the temperature down because your AC will run at a consistent temperature while you’re home.
Pro tip: When programming your thermostat, set the temperature to about 10 degrees warmer when you know you won’t be home, that way, you can give your AC a break and cut down on costs.
Turn on Ceiling Fans
Rather than creating cold air, ceiling fans help to circulate the air around your room, providing a cooling effect that can reduce the temperature. If you set your ceiling fan to rotate counter-clockwise, the fan will blow warm air up towards the ceiling, creating a cool breeze.
Pro tip: If you have a floor fan, place it in the entryway of a room so the air conditioned air from the other room will circulate cold air into that space.
Use Natural Light
To reduce the amount of heat circulating throughout your home on a sunny day, try turning off your lights and letting the natural daylight shine through. You can also try using energy-efficient lights, such as LEDs. You’ll be amazed at how much lower your energy costs will be.
Use Appliances During the Evening
The afternoon hours are when the temperature is at its hottest. Using appliances like the dishwasher, washer, and dryer create a significant amount of heat that will circulate throughout your house. Try using these appliances at night once the sun goes down to reduce the amount of heat in your home.
Pro tip: If you’re doing laundry and there are clothes that can be line dried, try this method instead of using the dryer. Your dryer will increase the temperature in your home, much like an oven.
Change Your AC Filters Regularly
During the warmer months when your AC system is at its heaviest use, change the filters every 4-6 weeks. Not only does a dirty air filter lessen your air quality, but it also reduces the efficiency of airflow in your home. You always want your airflow to be of the highest quality, especially during summer.
Maintain Your AC Unit
Before you start running your AC unit for the warmer seasons, you should have it checked to make sure everything is working properly. If your AC system is more than 10 years old, makes strange noises, or needs frequent repairs, you might want to consider a replacement.
To ensure your AC system is ready for the upcoming season, contact A/C Control Inc today. We can provide you with reliable advice on how to proceed with any repairs or potential replacements and can guarantee a cool, comfortable summer at home.