With the temperatures on the rise as we near closer to sweet summertime, some of us may have conflicting feelings about all of the things that this season brings. On one hand, summer gives us the opportunity to enjoy more of the outside activities that we love, but on the other hand, summer also brings some pretty intense heat and elevated electric bills. We’re sharing a few tips to help you beat the heat this summer, and even better, help keep things energy-efficient in hopes of saving a little bit of money.
Utilize a Ceiling Fan
When used in conjunction with your air conditioner, ceiling fans are great tools to keep you and your home comfortable when the temperatures rise. Some homeowners often think they need to choose one or the other on a hot day, but that’s definitely not the case.
A central air conditioner works by pulling the hot air in your home out, then working to cool it down by releasing the air’s heat outside, and lastly, distributing the newly cooled air throughout your home through a system of ducts. On the contrary, a ceiling fan works by just moving and circulating the air around it.
By utilizing a ceiling fan with your AC, the cool air that your air conditioner is blowing into your home will be better circulated throughout your space, resulting in more energy-efficient cooling.
Close Your Shades and Blinds
Although natural light is nice to have shining throughout your home during the daytime, sunlight produces heat. It may not seem like much but the heat from the sunlight will naturally heat up whatever it is shining on, making your AC work harder on order to keep things cool. This increase in demand causes your AC to run less efficiently.
So, if you’re not spending much time in a room be sure to keep the blinds or curtains closed, much like you would choose to have the lights off to save electricity. Even if this little task only makes a difference of a couple of degrees, it’ll make a much larger difference in your energy bill over time.
Schedule AC Maintenance
Regular AC maintenance often times has a way of being put on the backburner, but did you know that each year your air conditioner goes without maintenance it’s losing about 5% of its initial energy efficiency? Don’t catch yourself contemplating whether it’s worth it to turn on your AC during the hottest days of summer. Setting yearly reminders to schedule your AC tune up towards the end of spring is a great way to make sure you stay on top of this important tip.
If you find yourself fighting against the warmer temps, or if you haven’t had maintenance done on your AC in while, please give our experts a call! If you’d like to make an appointment, contact us at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.