When the flowers start to bloom, the sun stays out later, and your jacket stays tucked away in your closet, it seems like everyone’s mood lightens with the coming of summer. However, the season change begins to lose its luster when the inevitable happens – you begin to sweat – outdoors and indoors. Keeping your home cool is critical to your comfort, health, and sanity. However, the constant hum of the air conditioning unit can result in an expensive energy bill. Here are six inexpensive ways you can keep your home cool in the summer.
1. Keep your blinds/curtains shut and lights off whenever you are not home
Sun coming in through windows will instantly add heat to any room. By keeping your rooms as dark as possible whenever they are not in use, you will reduce adding additional heat.
2. Look around for areas where air is escaping
When air can leave your house, it’s not really doing its job. Look for cracks in windows or doors which can let hot air in and cool air out. Also, keep doors shut as much as possible.
If you grow tall, green plants near your windows they will absorb much of the sunlight that would usually come beaming in. Many people say that they not only enjoy the new look to their homes, but that the cost of purchasing the plants was significantly lower than their energy bills.
4. Make use of your ceiling fans
Ceiling fans can make the temperature in a room feel eight degrees lower, and they only use a minimal amount of electricity. Be sure your blades are turned counterclockwise in the summer to push the air downward.
5. Add solar screens to your windows
Solar screens take in up to 70% of all solar energy before it is able to enter a home, keeping your AC units from having to work harder to cool your rooms.
6. Invest in a new Energy Star certified unit
If your unit is requiring ongoing air repair, you may want to consider a new air conditioner installation from North Macon Heating and Cooling. Here are a few warning signs to help you determine whether it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit:
- Have you noticed an increase in your monthly bill? Most invoices will show your expense for the same month the previous year.
- Have you made several repairs in the last 2-3 years to your air conditioner?
- Does your home seem to be evenly cooled, or are you constantly adjusting the thermostat? Your unit may be unable to properly distribute the air.
While purchasing a new air conditioning unit is certainly an investment, it is worth it when you see the difference it makes on your monthly electricity bill.
Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your home cool this summer without breaking the bank. At North Macon Heating and Cooling, we offer prompt and professional services for all of your heating and air needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about our air conditioning services at North Macon Heating and Cooling.