Spring has once again knocked the chill out of winter, but summer soon lies ahead with even hotter temperatures. With the changing seasons, your air conditioner will be put to the test and may work harder than it should. However, it’s possible to increase your home’s cooling efficiency without putting a dent in your bank account. By doing some preventative maintenance and investing in a few low-cost solutions, you’ll enjoy savings on your energy bill and stay comfortable all season.
- Keep those blinds closed.
When direct sunlight comes through the windows, it raises the temperature inside. As a result, your air conditioning system turns on more to compensate for the excess heat. Keep the blinds closed when the sun faces your windows, and consider using darker curtains to block out the light.
- Adjust your thermostat accordingly.
Replace your current thermostat with a programmable version if possible. You can set your thermostat to turn on less when you’re away and also increase it by a few degrees overall. Making these small changes will reduce your energy consumption and save you money.
- Use the microwave, not the oven.
The oven uses a lot of power and also puts out abundant heat. Try cooking fresh dishes, or substitute meals in the oven for those you can cook in the microwave. You’ll save money by using less energy and keep your living space cooler as a result.
- Weatherstrip the doors and windows.
You’ll never keep your home at a comfortable temperature if all the cool air goes out the windows. Invest in a few low-cost foam rolls to block the gaps under the entry doors. You can also use weather stripping around the windows to seal large cracks between the window frame and the structure. Seal the gaps around dryer vents and pipes that lead outdoors as an extra precautionary measure.
- Set up some floor fans.
Turning down the thermostat and using floor fans to circulate the air can help keep you cool while decreasing your energy costs. Combine floor fans with a ceiling fan to have a continual breeze throughout your room. Remember to turn off the fans when you’re not in the room for better power savings.
Cooler Interiors Make for More Comfortable Summers
When all else fails, contact Rapid Repair Experts to give your home air conditioning system a check-up. No amount of interior tweaks will decrease your energy bill if your air conditioner is struggling and needs a tune-up. Preventative maintenance and making a few changes in your home could mean the difference between having low or high power bills this summer.