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Summer AC Tips: Save Energy and Stay Cool

Summer AC Tips
As summer heats up, keeping your home cool becomes a top priority. Running your air conditioner efficiently not only ensures comfort but also helps reduce energy costs. Here are some practical, energy-saving tips to keep your air conditioner running smoothly and your home cool without breaking the bank.

Set the Thermostat Wisely: 

One of the simplest ways to save energy is by setting your thermostat to a higher temperature when you're not at home. Aim for 78°F when you're home and 85°F when you're away. This prevents your air conditioner from working overtime and reduces energy consumption.

Use a Programmable Thermostat:

Investing in a programmable thermostat can make a significant difference in your energy usage. You can set it to automatically adjust the temperature based on your schedule, ensuring your home is cool when you need it and saving energy when you don't.

Keep Your AC Unit Clean: 

Regular maintenance is crucial for your air conditioner's efficiency. Clean or replace the air filters every month during the summer. Dirty filters can obstruct airflow, making your unit work harder and use more energy. Additionally, make sure the outdoor unit is free from debris and plants that could block airflow. Learn more about Spring Cleaning your AC in our blog.

Use Fans to Circulate Air: 

Ceiling fans and portable fans can help circulate cool air throughout your home, allowing you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. Fans use significantly less energy than air conditioners and can enhance the cooling effect.

Seal Windows and Doors: 

Ensure your windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from entering. Use weatherstripping and caulking to seal any gaps. This simple step can improve your home's insulation and reduce the workload on your air conditioner.

Block Out the Sun: 

During the hottest parts of the day, close curtains or blinds to block out direct sunlight. This helps keep your home cooler and reduces the need for your air conditioner to work harder. Consider using blackout curtains for maximum effect.

Cook Smart: 

Using the oven or stove can significantly increase the temperature in your home. Opt for grilling outside, using the microwave, or preparing cold meals to keep your home cooler. If you must use the oven, try to do so during the cooler parts of the day.

Schedule Regular Maintenance: 

Having a professional inspect and tune up your air conditioner before the summer season can prevent potential issues and ensure it runs efficiently. Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of your unit and keep it operating at peak performance.

Upgrade to an Energy-Efficient Unit: 

If your air conditioner is old and inefficient, consider upgrading to a newer, energy-efficient model. Modern units use significantly less energy and can provide better cooling. Look for units with a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. Check out our blog for maximizing the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.

Use Natural Ventilation: 

In the cooler evenings and mornings, take advantage of natural ventilation by opening windows and doors to let fresh air circulate. This can help cool your home without using the air conditioner.

Implementing these energy-saving tips can help you keep your home cool and comfortable during the summer while reducing your energy bills. Remember, a little effort goes a long way in maintaining an efficient and cost-effective cooling system. Contact DeHart Plumbing, Heating & Air today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

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