Spring is officially here and when the heat hits, it hits hard! In order to keep your house cool this summer, there are some steps you can take to minimize energy costs and increase the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Some of them are unit related, but there are also steps to keep your house cool using common household items. Here are 4 ways to keep your house cool in the summer:
Although it sounds obvious, it's worth mentioning. Maintaining your system means that we (or you) perform the following maintenance:
Maintaining your system is, in some cases, the most important and effective way to make your system more cost-efficient. Cleaning the evaporator, and clearing and cleaning the condenser are both significantly helpful in improving how easily and quickly it can cool the air and distribute it throughout your home. When those hot summer days roll around, you'll be happy you did it.
Your home is filled with all sorts of nooks and crannies that are allowing cool air to escape and hot air to come in. Find and plug any cracks. Look specifically at these areas:
After sealing up all of the cracks, make it a natural practice to close all doors and windows when you are not using them. Don't leave your window propped open for air or your AC system will be working unnecessarily hard.
Trees provide excellent cooling and can reduce your energy costs significantly. Your home gets hot because of the sun, which shines through your windows, heating your house like an oven. However, if you've ever sat under a tree in the shade on a hot day, then you know how powerful the cooling effects of trees can be. Planting them around your home can naturally cool your home and protect you from the sun's powerful rays; however, make sure they are not blocking the sun in the winter, and do not block any solar panels you may have. If you can't plant trees, then you can install shades on your windows to help with the sun light.
Your AC system will push the air through the vents until the designated temperature is reached. If something like a blanket or dog hair is covering the vent up, then the AC system is going to work harder trying to cool the room. Clearing and cleaning all vents will help your AC system out a lot.
Following these 4 tips could save you up to $100 or more on your energy bill. Prepare for this summer by checking your AC system before the heat gets here. On one of the warmer days in March, we suggest firing up your air conditioning unit to ensure it starts up properly. If it doesn't, get it fixed before the serious heat gets here! It's always good to check and make sure everything is in working order before the time comes.
If you're interested in installing a new air conditioning system or are in need of AC repair , then contact us for free quote! We also provide maintenance services to all HVAC systems. Call All Pro today (254) 624-4917.