With summer in James City, VA, in full swing, you rely on your air conditioner to stay comfortable. However, you’re also likely worried about running up your electricity bill. Here are five tips to stay cool efficiently this summer.
1. Block the Sun
While you may love letting the sunlight into your home, the downside is that the heat the sun produces competes with your AC. To help your AC keep you cool, close blinds and curtains and lower the shades on windows with direct and partial sunlight.
2. Keep Your AC Cool
You’re not the only one affected by high temperatures; your AC is too. To keep your AC working efficiently this summer, either place it in a shady area of your home or invest in an awning. Blocking the sun with a partition works as well.
3. Schedule Maintenance
When it comes to HVAC efficiency, regular maintenance from a certified technician is a must. Not only does it help efficiency, but it also finds minor issues before they become major problems. You can clean or replace the air filters, which helps indoor air quality.
4. Turn On Fans
While fans don’t cool the air and just circulate it, they can still help assist your AC. Use floor or box fans facing away from the room with the AC to push cool air towards the rest of the home. This way, your AC doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable.
5. Upgrade Your Thermostat
Thermostats older than 10 years or non-programmable thermostats have a harder time maintaining HVAC efficiency. A programmable thermostat adapts to your schedule and the forecast, meaning you never have to touch it again. You can also access your thermostat remotely on your phone to change settings if you come home early.
Don’t let inefficiency ruin your summer. Contact Comfortable Climate Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc today to learn how duct cleaning raises the efficiency of your HVAC system.
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