With exceeding temperatures ahead, here are a few tips to keep you “cool as a cucumber” this summer.
- Shut the Door and Close the Blinds
Closing the door behind you or shutting the blinds during the day is an easy step to keeping the hot sun from beating into the house and preventing the cool air from escaping. Closing off unused rooms in your home can also minimize the amount of area your air conditioner has to cool.
- Check Air Filter
It will not only improve air quality by removing the dust and dirt but also improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. Replacing your air filter every few months could save you some extra cash when it comes to your utility bill and extend the life of your air conditioner.
- Turn Off Lights and Reduce Stove Use
Keeping the rooms in your home darker can prevent extra heat escaping from light bulbs and the dim lighting will make the room seem cooler. Cooking with an oven set at 400-degrees will increase the temperature of your kitchen and surrounding rooms. If possible, try out a new grill recipe instead.
- Clean Vegetation Away from Outdoor Unit
Planting flowers or tall shrubs close to an outdoor HVAC unit can restrict the airflow to the system and it will become unable to cool properly. Plants should be at least 2-3 feet away from the unit so that it is also accessible in the event of repairs or maintenance.
- Program your Thermostat
A programmable thermostat will maintain a suitable temperature depending on the time of day instead of running a continual temperature all day. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat to keep the temperature of your home comfortable while still saving you money.
Landmark Services Cooperative’s team of heating and cooling specialists are here to answer your questions or be of service during these warm summer months.