For many, summertime is full of BBQs, pool time and adventures outdoors. But there are days when the harsh summer sun is just too much to be in and you feel like your best bet at staying cool is staying home.
We’ve all been there. Check out these 4 tips on how to maintain an acceptable home temperature and keep your pocket full.
Adjust Your Ceiling Fan
Have you ever heard of needing to adjust your ceiling fan by the season? If you feel like your ceiling fans are just pushing hot air around your home rather than cooling it down, you’re not wrong – fans that aren’t turning counterclockwise may be doing just that.
Setting your ceiling fans to counter-clockwise in the summer helps by pushing air straight down to create a cooling effect. Fans should be turned clockwise in the winter to pull cool air up. Make sure that your fan is set to a high setting in the summer and a lower setting in the winter for maximum, comfortable results.
Reduce Activities That Produce Heat
Much of the cost of cooling your home can be saved by avoiding unnecessary home appliances. Read on for ways to keep your house cool that will also lower your monthly utility bill.
- Cook outside- take advantage of the nice weather and cook outside as much as possible to avoid the heat inside.
- Avoid using your dryer- if you can hang your clothes out to dry, do this to avoid a higher energy bill.
- Keep your refrigerator/freezer stocked- in case the power goes out, keeping your fridge/freezer stocked will help keep your food from spoiling.
- Turn off/unplug unused appliances- unplugging unused appliances will keep you from drawing electricity to unneeded places, therefore saving you money in the long run.
Schedule an AC Tune-Up
The humidity and heat work well together during the searing summer months and put a lot of stress on our AC systems. At Mendez AC and Heating, we recommend maintaining your AC system in the spring so that it is ready for the warm summer months. Experienced HVAC professionals are able to assess system performance, clean and adjust internal components and take care of any minor issues before they become big problems.
It’s getting hotter every day, which means your AC unit is at higher risk of overworking itself or shutting down. If you have yet to get your air conditioning system maintained, call on the professionals at Mendez AC and Heating to schedule your AC tune-up and avoid costly AC repairs.
Home Temperature Control
According to the Department of Energy, 78 degrees Fahrenheit is the holy grail of indoor temperatures for anyone who is trying to become more energy-efficient and remain comfortable while staying at home. If 78 degrees is a bit hot for you, try reducing the temperature by a degree or two to see if you feel cooler. If you still find yourself looking for relief, investing in a dehumidifier or using a fan may help in trapping cool air in your home. If you’re planning to be out of the house for more than 2-3 hours, turning your air up seven to ten degrees can help save as much as ten percent on utilities. By increasing your air conditioner settings, the flow of heat will slowly come into your home and it won’t take as much energy to cool your house down once you come back home.