With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start dialing your home’s temperature down a few degrees. If you’re like us, you like to keep your air conditioning bill low; here are a few ways to keep your cooling costs as low as possible even in the peak of the summer heat!
1. Seal windows and doors
Poorly sealed doors or windows can sometimes let the hot air from outdoors in, which means that your AC will have to work even harder to cool your home. Make sure that any cracks or holes are filled in or perhaps use a weatherstrip to ensure a strong seal.
2. Get a programmable thermostat
When you’re out of the house or asleep you don’t need to cool your home as much as you normally would, that’s why programmable thermostats are such great tools! You can even set it to gradually cool your home before you get home instead of drastically lowering it immediately as you arrive. This is a great way to make your home more comfortable and save some money while doing it.
3. Utilize outdoor grills
Cooking generates a lot of heat, a great way to cool your home is to keep the extra heat outdoors is to do the cooking outdoors as well. Get outside and fire up the grill, that’s one of the best parts of the summer! You can also save extra by hand washing dishes or hanging up your wet laundry to dry on a clothesline. Dishwashers and dryers can generate lots of extra heat indoors so if you want to save some money on your cooling bill consider some outdoor alternatives.
4. Turn on those fans!
This is a very easy way to keep the temperature in your home down without having to rely on the thermostat. You can use either ceiling or standing fans to keep the cool air circulating throughout your home.
5. Properly maintain your home’s AC system
Taking care of your home system is crucial if you want to maximize energy efficiency, in fact, if you’re not properly maintaining your system you’ll cost yourself more money in the end. Keeping up with all routine maintenance and cleaning your equipment (air filters, floor registers, condenser coils, evaporator, etc.) will keep your home cool this summer without costing you a fortune! If you’re not sure if you’ve been taking good care of your system, call us! We’ll send one of our expert service techs to take a look for you.
6. Use window treatments
The heat from the sun can beat down into your home through the windows and increase the internal temperature. This will cost you more and make your AC do extra work. Consider investing in some shades or curtains to block these unwanted rays.
Well, there you have it, six easy ways to keep your home cooler in the summer. If you’re having any trouble with your cooling system or just have a question and want an answer, give us a call! At TemperaturePro, we’re always happy to help. So stay cool & have a great summer!