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Spring Cooling: 7 Ways to Save on Your AC

As the cold winter days become rarer and the inviting warmth of early spring arrives, you might start thinking about how you’ll keep your residence cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is the perfect 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 haven’t used your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to increase comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel around four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from using a ceiling fan lets you dial up the thermostat without getting uncomfortable. However, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave to save energy.

2. Be Smart About Windows 

On the subject of regulating your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The trick is learning how to use them properly based on the weather:

  • On cool but sunny days, elevate the blinds to let the sunshine in so it can warm your home naturally.
  • On much warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the house to create a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to instead run your air conditioning system to prevent 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 you to run your air conditioner.

3. Cook Your Meals Outdoors

Using the oven or stovetop raises the indoor temperature, making your cooling system work harder and utilize more electricity. Take advantage of the lovely spring weather by taking your cooking outdoors. Grilling is a terrific way to get some fresh air while leaving your home cool and comfortable. In addition, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the extreme heat and pesky mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean with Efficiency in Mind 

Spring cleaning is a practice that provides a fresh, neat home just in time for summer weather. You may not know, but spring cleaning is also a chance to improve your home’s energy efficiency. As you give your home a rigorous cleaning, focus on spaces that affect airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s power bills. Here are some areas to tackle:

  • • Clean ceiling fan blades and set them to operate counterclockwise.
  • Utilize caulk or weatherstripping to close leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to lower the amount of air leakage.
  • Replace the HVAC air filter to prompt optimal airflow.
  • Remove debris from around the outside AC unit to enhance performance.
  • Clean the coils underneath or behind the refrigerator to reduce the energy needed 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 spring AC check-up prepares your air conditioner for the summer’s heat. Although you can do a couple of tasks yourself, such as exchanging the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the exterior unit, only a professional can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Annual maintenance can go a long ways to help decrease a home’s energy use, promote more reliable performance and extend an AC unit’s service life. Schedule service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring so you can be sure that your system is ready to its best when you need it most.

6. Show Your Air Ducts Some TLC

Spring is a good time to address your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air get to its destination more effectively. In addition, a good duct cleaning gets rid of debris buildup, making sure air moves smoothly through the system. These ductwork services save energy and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more comfortable 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 electricity without sacrificing performance. Improvements do take an investment, but you can expect substantial electricity bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable home. These improvements also enhance a home’s value if you ever decide to sell the residence. Spring is an opportune time for HVAC updates, as contractors are generally less busy, so that it is easier to schedule 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 carrying out any of these recommendations this spring, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We offer affordable, energy-efficient cooling remedies in the U.S. to save you money all season long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can rely on us to deliver comfort and peace of mind. For skilled service that makes a real difference in your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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