We’ve all been there before. It’s one of the hottest days of the year. You’re at home and you can hear your HVAC system running and you know it’s doing everything it can to keep you and your family cool.
You also know that, because your unit is running nonstop, your next power bill is going to be outrageous. But if you raise the temperature on the thermostat, everyone is going to be even more hot and miserable than they already are.
Well, there are indeed a few tips and tricks that you can use to help cool down your home on those hot days, and even save some money in the process.
In this article, we’ll give you a few air conditioning tips that you can use to keep you cool on the hottest summertime days, some of which can even help you save some money!
Now then, let’s get started!
Sign Up for a Routine Maintenance
One of the best things you can do for your unit is to sign up for a routine maintenance plan with a local HVAC company. Not only will this help you combat the summertime heat, but it will also prolong the life of your system.
A lot of times smaller issues can be caught during a maintenance visit, and some even prevented, which can make your unit run better in the summer and help you avoid larger, more expensive repairs in the future.
Check Your Filter Monthly
Even if you sign up for a routine maintenance plan, it’s important that you make an effort to maintain certain aspects of your HVAC system yourself. One of the easiest ways to do that is to check, and possibly change, your filter monthly.
You may check your filter and realize that it doesn’t need changing. That’s completely okay! You’ll eventually realize how often it needs to be changed, but it’s still wise to check monthly just to be safe.
Also, writing the date of when you installed the filter is a great way to keep up with when it was last changed. That way you’re never caught struggling to remember when it was done.
Keep the Area Around Your Unit Clean
Another thing that you can do as a homeowner to help keep your unit working well in the summertime is to keep the area surrounding your unit clean.
This includes the indoor and outdoor halves of your unit. So if you have equipment in a closet, basement, or attic, don’t surround that unit with boxes or other items. Give your unit space to breathe and keep that area clean.
And the outdoor half of your unit needs to be able to breathe, too. Keep all bushes surrounding the system neatly trimmed, and the grass around the system mowed, too.
Just be careful not to damage the system with a mower or weed-eater, because that can be quite costly to repair.
Turn Up Your Thermostat a Few Degrees
It may sound a bit obvious, but just turning your thermostat up a few degrees during the hottest months of the year can really go a long way in saving you money. Also, putting less stress on your unit can actually prolong the unit’s life, and allow it to work better when it’s hottest outside.
A good idea here is to bump it up a few degrees during the day when you’re not around. Even if you’re only stepping out for a few hours, a two or three-degree bump can help save some money and put less stress on your unit during peak season.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
If you decide to keep your unit turned up a few degrees, turn on those ceiling fans to help negate the temperature difference. That air circulation will help keep you and your family cool.
It’s also much cheaper to run a ceiling fan an opposed to an HVAC system, which is an added bonus.
Close the Blinds During the Day
Believe it or not, closing your blinds and blocking some of the sunlight that enters your home via the windows can really help cool your home down. If you want to take it a step further, get some blackout curtains, which not only block out the sun but help insulate your windows.
This is a neat trick that can really help out a great deal if you have an older home with poorly insulated windows. It works during the wintertime, too, if you’re trying to stay warm during the cold months.
Check Your Home’s Insulation
We touched on this briefly, but making sure your home is insulated properly can really help keep you cooler in the summertime. Things like new windows, doors, and insulation in your attic and under the house can save you tons of money over time and help keep your home cooler or warmer during peak seasons.
Install a New HVAC System
Last but not least, it’s worth mentioning that a new HVAC system is without a doubt one of the best ways to keep cool during the summer. Obviously, this is a much more costly item than anything else on this list, but you’ll end up saving a ton of money on your electric bill over time.
Summertime Air Conditioning Tips
Well, there you have it! Those are a few air conditioning tips that you can use to beat the heat this summer!
Remember, you want to take care of your HVAC system by getting routine maintenance done by a professional a few times a year. Keeping your filter clean between those visits is a good idea, too.
There a few hacks like turning on the fans, using blackout curtains, and bumping up the t-stat a few degrees when you’re away that can help keep your house cooler and save some money on that electric bill.
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