Use These Three Tips To Beat the Summer Heat!
Summer is here, which means the heat has already started to creep in. Findlay may not be sweltering in the summertime, but it can get uncomfortable without a bit of climate control. Sure, cranking up the AC will keep the heat at bay, but some homeowners understandably aren’t thrilled about the higher utility bills that constant AC use can bring.
Fortunately, there are other ways to stay cool that are very effective and can save money in the long run. Keep reading to learn three simple tricks for keeping a home cooler and lowering air conditioner usage to boot.
Keep Doors Closed
The first way to help make sure the home stays cool is to keep the exterior doors closed. It may seem obvious, but it’s an easy mistake to make. Nearly everyone has left a door open for a few minutes while they brought in groceries, chatted with a neighbor or delivery person, or yelled for the kids to come in for supper.
But while the AC is running and the house is partially pressurized, cold air will rush to escape through an open door and pour out very rapidly - while warm air rushes in to take its place. Even leaving the outer garage door open can result in a surprising amount of cold air loss, as cold air will escape through any gaps around the inner door.
Have Fans Installed
The next way to maintain a cooler home is to install ceiling fans in rooms without them. Most modern ceiling fans are incredibly energy-efficient and can take a huge burden off the AC unit if properly used. They should be toggled to spin counterclockwise in the summertime, as this will push air down and create a refreshing downdraft.
The cooling effect of the fans may even be sufficient enough that one can raise the AC thermostat a degree or two (or more), which can significantly reduce energy usage. However, it’s crucial to remember to turn off the fans in unoccupied rooms to save electricity.
Schedule AC Maintenance
The third way to keep the home cool is also the most important: ensuring the air conditioner is well-maintained and working properly. Of course, changing the filter on time is the first step. But hiring a professional to perform a detailed inspection and maintenance checklist is the only way to catch and address the more intricate issues and keep up with normal wear and tear.
AC systems are very complex - any number of seemingly minor issues can hinder performance and reduce efficiency or lead to a flat-out breakdown. Preventative maintenance and general tune-ups can keep the unit working at peak efficiency, not just this summer but for many years to come. Though AC maintenance is best taken care of in the spring, it’s never too late to call a pro.
About Beltz Home Service Co.
The award-winning Beltz Home Service Co. has been handling the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC needs of Findlay, OH for over 20 years. Their friendly and punctual technicians are licensed, insured, background-checked, and drug-tested for the safety and comfort of their customers. Beltz is proud to offer up-front pricing, financing, and membership perks. Call now for air conditioning service!
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