Does it feel like your utility bills keep getting more and more expensive, especially in the heat of summer? Trying to stay cool and save money can be difficult. But you can make it a little easier by following a few best practices. Performing regular maintenance, landscaping, setting your thermostat properly—these are all ways to stay cool in the summer while using your air conditioning more efficiently.
1. Regular air conditioning maintenance will help keep you cool
The most effective way to keep your air conditioning unit running efficiently all summer long is simple: perform regular maintenance and upkeep on your cooling system.
The best and easiest maintenance you can do is replacing your filter regularly. You should replace your air filter at least every three months. And when you use your air conditioner more frequently, you may need to change it monthly. When you’re using your air conditioner daily during the summer, it’s easy for it to fill up with pet hair, dust, pollen, and other allergens.
A dirty filter that’s overloaded with dirt and dust impacts your indoor air quality and forces your system to work harder. This decreases the efficiency of your air conditioner, increases your energy bills, and can lead to breakdowns over time. Plus, if you have a home warranty that covers your cooling system, breakdowns due to improper maintenance won’t be covered.
2. Landscape your yard for shade
Solar heat absorbed through your roof and windows can heat your home up quickly if you aren’t careful. Strategically closing the blinds and using window coverings can help with this problem, but landscaping can also have a big impact on your home’s comfort.
According to Energy.gov, “Shading and evapotranspiration (the process by which a plant actively moves and releases water vapor) from trees can reduce surrounding air temperatures as much as 6°F.” In fact, the article linked above features tons of landscaping tips that will help you choose the correct types of trees and other plants.
3. Be mindful of your air conditioning thermostat settings
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting thermostats to 78 degrees in the summer for optimal energy efficiency. If you live in a warm, humid climate, don’t set your thermostat higher than 80 degrees. This ensures your air conditioner will still run occasionally, which helps dehumidify the air and prevent mold problems.
One of the easiest ways to put your home’s climate control on autopilot is to use smart home technology, like a Nest programmable thermostat. You’ll never have to remember to adjust the temperature manually again.
4. Don’t forget about your ceiling fans
Using your ceiling fans often is an inexpensive way to circulate air throughout your home. Adjust your fans to turn counterclockwise during the summer months, because this will push cool air down toward the ground (and toward you!).
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