Summer is most definitely in full swing. And, with record high temperatures looming, you may be feeling the heat. As an HVAC contractor serving Inver Grove Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods, we can think of several tips to help you beat the heat besides cranking up your air conditioner. Here are a few ideas on how to stay nice and cool this summer, including air conditioning tips that can benefit both your sanity and your wallet.
Close the Curtains and Drapes
During the day, especially when the sun is shining, close all of the curtains and drapes. There are even special thermal curtains you can buy and hang up that will help block out some of the sun’s heat. Also make sure that you keep all windows closed and do not open doors that lead outside unless it is absolutely necessary.
Change Those Air Filters
Your air filter for your air conditioner should be cleaned or replaced every one to three months depending on your usage. Cleaning or replacing your air filters on something of a schedule is another means of improving the functionality of your system. An HVAC contractor will be able to clean and change these filters for you as well.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Investing in a programmable thermostat is a great way to save energy as well as the cost of that potential energy. You simply program your thermostat to run at certain times or when temperatures reach certain points within the home. These free up time for you as well as ensure your air conditioning is running as efficiently as possible even when you’re not at home.
Keep Those Vents Open
Make sure you keep all of your air conditioning registers open, not closed, even in rooms you do not use a lot. The only registers we suggest that you keep closed would be in the lower levels of your home such as a basement or crawlspace. Contrary to popular belief, closing off registers does not help lower your electric bill.
Avoid using appliances that produce more heat within the home. For example, when you cook food, try to use your microwave instead of your oven. Or, go outside and have a barbeque!
We hope you find these summer suggestions helpful! And, no matter what, it always helps to enlist the expertise of your local, trusted HVAC contractor. Prescription Heating & Cooling is well-versed in all things heating and cooling. So, if it seems your air conditioning isn’t running as efficiently as it should, do not hesitate to give us a call! You should never have to endure a hot house due to a malfunctioning cooling system.
Do you need a professional HVAC contractor servicing Inver Grove Heights and the surrounding areas? Call Prescription Heating & Cooling at 651-767-2737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate on New Installations.