Spring Cooling: 7 Ways to Save on Your AC

As icy winter days become rarer and the inviting warmth of early spring finally graces your neighborhood, you may start thinking about how you’ll keep your home cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is an ideal time to use energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the warmer months ahead.

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

1. Operate Ceiling Fans 

If you don’t run your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on a terrific opportunity to increase comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel about four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from running a ceiling fan lets you dial up the thermostat without feeling too hot. However, fans cool people, not rooms, so shut them off when you leave the area.

2. Be Smart Around Windows 

With regards to controlling your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The difference between the two is understanding how to use them properly based on how warm or cold it is outside:

  • On cool but sunny days, raise the blinds to allow the sunshine in so it can warm your home naturally.
  • On warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the home to generate a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to use your AC to protect against pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to lessen solar heat gain and delay the need for home cooling.

3. Cook Outside

Using the oven or stovetop raises the indoor temperature, making your cooling system work harder and consume more power. Take advantage of the stunning spring weather by shifting your cooking outdoors. Grilling is a terrific way to get some fresh air while keeping your residence cool and comfortable. In addition, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the severe heat and bothersome mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean Strategically 

Spring cleaning is a tradition that provides a fresh, neat home just in time for much warmer weather. You may not know, but spring cleaning is also an opportunity to increase your home’s energy efficiency. As you go through your home and freshen up, put emphasis on places in your home that impact airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s power bills. Here are some areas to tackle:

  • • Dust off ceiling fan blades and set them to run counterclockwise.
  • Utilize caulk or weatherstripping to close leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to lower the amount of air leakage.
  • Exchange the HVAC air filter to prompt optimal airflow.
  • Rake away debris from around the outdoor AC unit to increase performance.
  • Clean the coils beneath or behind the refrigerator to lower the energy required to keep your food cold.
  • Wipe down light fixtures and exchange older incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Get Your Air Conditioner a Tune Up

A springtime AC check-up prepares your cooling system for the summer’s heat. Even though you can do some tasks yourself, such as switching out the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outside unit, only a skilled specialist can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Yearly maintenance can go a long ways to help lower energy usage, promote more reliable performance and make your equipment last longer. Schedule service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring so you can be sure that your system is ready to operate at its best when you need it most.

6. Don’t Forget Your Ducts

Spring is always a great time to evaluate your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air get to its destination more easily. In addition, a good duct cleaning eliminates debris buildup, making sure air moves smoothly within the system. These ductwork services save electricity and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more comfortable place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Power Efficiency  

Consider upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less energy without compromising performance. Improvements require an investment, but you can expect significant electricity bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable dwelling. These improvements also enhance a home’s value if you ever decide to sell the residence. Spring is a good time for HVAC updates, as contractors are generally less busy, which makes 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 help implementing any of these tips this spring, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We offer 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 provide comfort and put your mind at ease. For excellent service that makes a positive impact on your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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