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 adopt energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the hotter months ahead.

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

1. Use Ceiling Fans 

If you haven’t used your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on a terrific opportunity to enhance comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel around four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from running a ceiling fan allows you to dial up the thermostat without feeling too hot. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave to save energy.

2. Be Smart Around Windows 

In terms of controlling your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The difference between the two is knowing how to use them correctly based on what the temperature is outdoors:

  • On cool but sunny days, elevate the blinds to allow the sunshine in so it can warm your home naturally.
  • On much warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the home to create a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to instead run your AC to stop pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to reduce solar heat gain and reduce the need for you to run your air conditioner.

3. Use the Backyard Grill

Using the oven or stovetop raises the indoor temperature, making your cooling system work harder and utilize more energy. Take advantage of the stunning spring weather by moving your cooking outdoors. Grilling is a great way to get some fresh air while keeping your home cool and comfortable. Plus, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the intense heat and pesky mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean with Efficiency in Mind 

Spring cleaning is a tradition that offers a fresh, organized home just in time for much warmer weather. You may not have heard, but spring cleaning is also an opportunity to enhance your home’s energy efficiency. As you give your home a rigorous cleaning, concentrate on places in your home that impact airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s power bills. Here are some places to tackle:

  • • Wipe down ceiling fan blades and set them to run counterclockwise.
  • Apply caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to lower the amount of air leakage.
  • Exchange the HVAC air filter to encourage optimal airflow.
  • Remove debris from around the exterior AC unit to improve performance.
  • Clean the coils under or behind the refrigerator to minimize the electricity necessary to keep your food cold.
  • Clean off light fixtures and exchange older incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

A seasonal AC check-up prepares your AC for the summer’s heat. Although you can do a few tasks yourself, such as exchanging the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the exterior unit, only a skilled specialist can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Seasonal tune-ups can go a long ways to help decrease a home’s electricity consumption, promote more reliable performance and extend an AC unit’s service life. Arrange service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring so you can be sure that your system is ready to do its best when you need it most.

6. Show Your Air Ducts Some TLC

Spring is a good time to evaluate your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air move to its destination more easily. Then, thorough duct cleaning eliminates debris buildup, making sure 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 Electricity Efficiency  

Contemplate upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less energy without sacrificing performance. Updates necessitate an investment, but you can expect substantial power bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable home. These improvements also improve a home’s value if you ever decide to put the home on the market. Spring is an opportune time for HVAC updates, as contractors are generally less busy, so that it is easier to arrange 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 assistance using any of these suggestions this spring, call the pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide affordable, energy-efficient cooling services 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 deliver comfort and put your mind at ease. For expert service that makes a positive impact on your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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