The dog days of summer are here! Scorching temperatures and heatwaves are making their way through almost every town in the United States. As more and more people crank up their air conditioning to make their lives more comfortable, it is important to know how you can make your unit run more efficiently and other tips to keep your home cooler.
It is crucial to get your air conditioning unit tuned up every spring and fall. By having a professional examine your AC twice a year, it is easier for them to prepare it for both summer and winter, determine if there are any issues within the unit, and address any blocked vents or lines that can impact the efficiency of your unit. These short appointments can help keep you comfortable and save you money in the long run!
Go outside and take a look at your AC unit – is it in a shaded spot? Having your unit positioned in a location that receives a lot of direct sunlight can cause it to have to work harder and not be as efficient. Although it is difficult to reposition your air conditioning and is not feasible for everyone, a simple fix like putting a patio umbrella over it during the day can do the trick! You should also look to make sure leaves, twigs, and other debris isn’t collecting closely around your AC unit. This can impact air intake and negatively affect efficiency.
You can also take steps to make your home feel cooler without any changes to your air conditioning unit. Don’t put your thermostat near windows where it will be in direct sunlight or near heat-producing appliances. This small increase in temperature on your thermostat will cause the temperature reading on your house to vary vastly. If you can, place your thermostat in an area of your house where you spend a lot of time, but in a relatively temperature-controlled room.
While it may feel good to grab a warm blanket right out of the dryer or enjoy the smell of fresh-baked cookies straight out of the oven during cooler winter months, these appliances produce a lot of added heat to your home during summer. You can opt to hang dry your laundry on a clothesline in the summertime for fresh-smelling linens or try grilling outside rather than baking in the oven to keep your space cool. Simple changes like these can make your home much more comfortable during the hot summer months.
You can stay cool this summer without cranking up your air conditioning and spending hundreds on utility bills! By taking simple steps to make sure your air conditioning unit is running efficiently and making small tweaks to your lifestyle during the summer months you can live comfortably and save money!
If you’ve tried these DIY remedies and your air conditioning unit still isn’t performing how you’d like, contact a member of our team today. Our HVAC professionals can quickly assess the situation and determine what is needed to make your home a cool oasis from the summer heat. Call us today!