Spring Cooling: 7 Ways to Save on Your AC

As icy winter days become rarer and the inviting warmth of early spring takes hold, you may start thinking about how you’ll keep your home cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is the perfect time to implement energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the hot months ahead.

Here are seven strategies to implement today, courtesy of the professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

1. Run Ceiling Fans 

If you haven’t used your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on an excellent opportunity to increase comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel roughly four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from using a ceiling fan lets you turn up the thermostat without making your home feel too hot. However, fans cool people, not rooms, so shut them off when you leave to save energy.

2. Be Smart With Your Windows 

Regarding controlling your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The magic is understanding how to use them effectively based on what the temperature is outdoors:

  • On cool but sunny days, pull up the blinds to let the sunshine in and warm your home naturally.
  • On warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the house to produce a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to instead run your air conditioning system to prevent pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to minimize solar heat gain and postpone the need for you to run your air conditioner.

3. Cook Your Meals Outdoors

Using the oven or stovetop raises the indoor temperature, making your cooling system work harder and utilize more electricity. Make the most of the beautiful spring weather by taking your cooking outdoors. Grilling is a terrific way to get some fresh air while helping keep your residence cool and comfortable. Plus, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the intense heat and irritating mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean with a Mission 

Spring cleaning is a tradition that provides a fresh, uncluttered home just in time for warmer weather. You may not realize it, but spring cleaning is also a time to improve your home’s energy efficiency. As you go through your home and freshen up, focus on spaces that can impede airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s electricity bills. Here are some areas to tackle:

  • • Clean ceiling fan blades and set them to rotate counterclockwise.
  • Use caulk or weatherstripping to close leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to reduce air leakage.
  • Replace the HVAC air filter to prompt optimal airflow.
  • Clear out debris from around the outside AC unit to increase performance.
  • Clean the coils under or behind the refrigerator to lower the energy required to keep your food cold.
  • Wipe down light fixtures and change older incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Schedule Routine AC Maintenance

A springtime AC check-up prepares your cooling system for the summer’s hot sun. While you can do a couple of tasks yourself, such as switching out the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outside unit, only a skilled specialist can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Seasonal maintenance can go a long ways to help decrease a home’s electricity consumption, promote more reliable performance and lengthen your cooling system’s lifespan. Schedule service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring to make sure your system is ready to do its best when you need it most.

6. Take Care of Your Ducts

Spring is the ideal time to evaluate your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air move to its destination more efficiently. In addition, a good duct cleaning eliminates debris buildup, helping make sure your home’s air moves smoothly through the system. These ductwork services save electricity and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more pleasant place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Power Efficiency  

Give some thought to upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less power without sacrificing performance. Improvements do take an investment, but you can expect considerable energy bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable residence. These improvements also improve a home’s value if you ever decide to sell the residence. Spring is an opportune time for HVAC updates, as contractors are usually less busy, which makes it easier to schedule the installation at a convenient time for you.   

Count on Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your HVAC Needs in the U.S. this Spring 

For support using any of these recommendations this spring, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We deliver affordable, energy-efficient cooling remedies in the U.S. to save you money all summer long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can count on us to provide comfort and peace of mind. For excellent service that makes a positive impact on your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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