Spring Cooling: 7 Ways to Save on Your AC

As the cold winter days become rarer and the welcome warmth of early spring takes hold, you very well could start thinking about how you’ll keep your home cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is a great time to adopt energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the warmer months ahead.

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

1. Operate Ceiling Fans 

If you don’t use 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 turn up the thermostat without feeling too hot. Keep in mind, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave the area.

2. Be Smart With Your Windows 

With regards to managing 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 effectively based on what the temperature is outdoors:

  • On cool but sunny days, raise the blinds to allow the sunshine in so it can warm your home naturally.
  • On very warm days, open windows on opposite sides of the dwelling to produce a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to instead run your AC 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 reduce the need for air conditioning.

3. Cook Outside

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

4. Spring Clean Strategically 

Spring cleaning is a practice that offers a fresh, organized home just in time for much warmer weather. You may not realize it, but spring cleaning is also a chance to increase your home’s energy efficiency. As you deep-clean your home, put emphasis on areas that impact 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 run counterclockwise.
  • Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to minimize air leakage.
  • Exchange the HVAC air filter to encourage optimal airflow.
  • Rake away debris from around the outside AC unit to enhance performance.
  • Clean the coils under or behind the refrigerator to reduce the electricity required to keep your food cold.
  • Clean off light fixtures and change old incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

A springtime AC check-up prepares your air conditioner for the summer’s hot sun. Even though you can complete a couple of tasks yourself, such as changing the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outdoor unit, only a skilled specialist can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Yearly tune-ups can go a long ways to help reduce power consumption, promote more reliable performance and lengthen your cooling system’s lifespan. 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. Don’t Forget Your Ducts

Spring is the ideal time to take a look at your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air reach its destination more efficiently. Plus, thorough duct cleaning gets rid of debris buildup, ensuring air moves smoothly within the system. These ductwork services save power and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more comfortable place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Power Efficiency  

Contemplate upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less energy without compromising performance. Improvements necessitate an investment, but you can expect considerable electricity bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable dwelling. These improvements also enhance a home’s value if you ever decide to put the home on the market. Spring is a good time for HVAC updates, as contractors are generally less busy, making it 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 carrying out any of these recommendations this spring, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We deliver affordable, energy-efficient cooling solutions in the U.S. to save you money all year long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can trust us to provide comfort and peace of mind. For expert service that makes a positive impact on your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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