With summer in full force, it can be hard to think about much else outside
of the heat. Whether it is dry heat or warmth filled with humidity, one
thing is certain, your air conditioner becomes your prized possession.
In order to maximize your A.C. unit and have the coolest summer yet, we
have put together some tips for you.
Your Home Temperature
It is important to keep track of your home temperature inside, so that
your air conditioning can work at its best. The average A.C. is designed
to cool your home down by 20 degrees. That means that if your home is
very hot, like 100 degrees, then you should expect the temperature to
come down to 80 degrees.
Try to set your thermostat to the highest cool temperature that you are
comfortable. By making the difference in temperature of outside and inside
relatively close, you can cut your energy bill down. Also, when first
turning on your air conditioner, it does not help to drop the temperature
on the thermostat significantly. The unit will not cool your home any faster.
It is important to change the air filters on the air conditioning unit
often so that you and your family are not inhaling dangerous toxins and
dust. If the filters become particularly clogged, it can also affect the
effectiveness of the A.C. and how cool your home gets. It is suggested
that you change your filters four times a year.
Keep the Heat Out
In order for your air conditioning to work at its best, your home should
be reasonably cool. To keep the heat out, close your blinds, shades, and
drapes. It might be worthwhile to note which windows face east and which
face west, just so you know which ones to close in the morning and in
the afternoon. White shades or blinds are particularly helpful in cooling
your home because they deflect the sun rays.
Use Your Fans
It might seem counterintuitive to use your fans when you have the air conditioning
going, but the two can work together to cool your home and cut costs.
By strategically placing an interior fan next to window A.C. units, you
can have more cold air flowing through the house. If you have a ceiling
fan, make sure it is set to “forward” or moves counter-clockwise
to generate and circulate more air.
We hope these tips help you make the most of your air conditioning so you
can stay cool this summer! If you do have problems or questions about
your A.C., call Summer Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today. One of our
technicians can help look at your unit and get your home cooler.