How to Beat the Summer Heat with Your Air Conditioner Published on April 23, 2015 Warmer temperatures are right around the corner in Ogden, which means it’s almost time to turn on your air conditioner. But just because it’s about to be the air conditioning season doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to keep your home comfortable. From increasing your home’s efficiency to adding a programmable thermostat, there are a host of ways to beat the summer heat without driving up your monthly energy bills. Fresh Filtration One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner operating at peak performance is by changing your home’s air filter every month during the summer. Your air conditioner’s most-worked season is just around the corner, which means that you’ll be relying on it pretty heavily. Running your air conditioner constantly can quickly build up dirt and dust on your air filter, making it harder for your system to move the same amount of air. Over time that can point to AC repair, which no one wants to deal with when the temperatures in Ogden get their hottest. Keeping a fresh filter in your system can help you boost efficiency and keep your home more comfortable while you’re at it. Programmed Performance Programmable thermostats aren’t new, but they have grown quite a bit over the last few years, permitting homeowners to experience new levels of control and comfort. What often goes unnoticed is how a perfectly programmed thermostat can help increase your air conditioner’s efficiency and make a dent in your monthly energy costs. By keeping your home warmer when you are away, you can give your air conditioner a break and reap the benefits of the savings that come with not cooling an empty home. Keep Windows Covered When you leave your home, closing your blinds and shades can help keep unwanted heat out of your home. When left open, that heat can trigger your air conditioner to turn on even when you’re not around, boosting costs and unnecessarily using energy that you’re not even feeling the benefits of. Even in climates like Ogden you can take advantage of blackout curtains to help keep even more heat out of your home. Recognizing that the temperature is on the rise in Ogden brings about great joy, so don’t let high energy expenses change that. There are a number of easy changes you can make to increase efficiency and keep your home comfortable. If you’d like to hear more about beating the heat this summer, give the pros at Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-436-8985 or set up an appointment online to get your air conditioner service completed before the temperatures soar.