The official start of summer might not be here yet but it sure is hot out there. We understand how hard it can be to keep cool and how energy bills tend to spike during the summer months, even when your AC is running effectively. But what if there was a way to ease the cost of staying cool during the summer? With that in mind, we decided to dedicate this blog to tips that will help you stay cool and reduce the burden on your AC and wallet.
The following tips are cost effective and time efficient solutions that will help keep you cool. They’re common methods that will limit the effects of summer heat, reduce the burden on your AC and lower the number on your energy bill. By the time you’re done reading this you’ll be well on your way to staying cool at little cost.
Check Your Filters
Changing filters is a common practice among HVAC owners, but it’s important to stay on top of it especially during the summer months. If your filter has an unexpected clog it will cause your air conditioner to work harder and produce less air. Checking the air filter takes little to no time at all and is essential to knowing how your AC is doing.
Check Your Ducts & House For Leaks
If your AC is doing a great job producing air in your home, don’t waste its effort through leaks in the duct system and your home. During the summer, it is vital that your cool air reaches its proper destination. The less cool air that escapes your ductwork and your home, the more comfortable you’ll be inside during the next heat wave. After all, you close the windows in your car while the AC is on and you don’t leave the door to your house open, so why would you be okay with unnecessary leaks?
Utilize Fans & Gravity
While fans don’t actually create cooler temperatures, it is important to note that they can cool you. Air blowing across a surface creates the illusion of a cool temperature and can be a great way to stay a little cooler. Ceiling fans and floor fans are easy ways to stay cool during the summer.
It is also important to note that heat rises. During the hot summer months when heat is in abundance you can utilize fans to enhance the air cycle and move the heat out of your home.
Use Your Windows And Blinds
Opening your windows at night increases the air circulation inside your home, which is a natural cooling process. Nighttime is the perfect time to try this because the temperatures are much lower. However, during the day make sure your windows are closed and the blinds are shut to keep cool air in and block out direct sunlight.
Take Care Of Your AC
Did you know that shade can help your AC run more efficiently and cut energy use? So, keeping your air conditioner cool outside will help you stay cool inside. It’s also important to keep it clean so it can be effective and efficient. Take 30 minutes out of your day to give your outdoor AC unit the love it needs. All you need is a few tools and the determination to remove dirt, dust, sticks, and debris in and around your unit. Trust us, taking care of your cooling unit will do wonders for your in-home comfort.
Utilize The Power Of Evaporation
Ancient civilizations utilized the power of evaporation to cool their homes, cities, and empires. Now you can do it today to cool your house. By simply spraying the walls of your home with water, the natural cooling effects of evaporation will cool the outside walls of your house. Don’t do this every day, but rather save it for the hottest days of summer.
Reduce Use Of Appliances
Anything that produces heat in your home is a detriment to you staying cool. After all, there is a reason why we include appliances when calculating how much cooling a home will need. All the heat energy produced inside your home can be significant in determining how hot or cold your home will be, especially during spring and summer. Cutting back on the use of these appliances can make a significant difference and ease the burden on your AC.
So if you want to use the over or stove for dinner, consider the outdoor grill instead, or try air drying clothes and hand-washing dishes. Anything and everything helps when it comes to battling the heat, so do it all!
TemperaturePro® Is Here For You
We’re all about helping the good people of El Paso get through the summer and we hope these tips help you find ways to make your summer experience better. Each of these tricks can do a little to help you, but all of them combined can make a real impact on your in-home comfort.
Despite how positive these tricks can be, they cannot replace the power and importance of a well-working air conditioner. Any issues with your AC should be taken very seriously and result in a phone call to our office. So if you have any more questions or would like to schedule an appointment contact us today!