After annual maintenance on you’re A/C, here are a four more ways to reduce your electric bill this summer and potentially extend the life of your air conditioning unit.
Close the Blinds or Curtains
From Fort Myers to Naples, we all know the days get longer and hotter from May to August. The longer the sun is shining in the windows, the hotter the house will get. Close your blinds or curtains during the day and they will keep the sun from heating up the house. If you stay home during the day, the blinds only need to be down in whichever windows the sun is shining in, so you can enjoy the natural light.
Turn on the Ceiling Fans
The air conditioner pushes cold air into the house and the heat rises. If you live in a two story home, this could make you want to avoid the second floor. To prevent your upstairs bedrooms from getting too hot, turn on the fan. Fans will circulate the cold air and help everyone in the house feel cooler. Remember that fans, like air conditioners, need maintenance too. Before summer begins, set the fan to rotate counter-clockwise on high to create a cooler feeling. But only use the fans when you will be upstairs for a while. This can save long-term costs on the electric bill for both the A/C unit and the fans because they work together to keep the house cool.
Use Bathroom and Kitchen Exhaust Fans
Now that the fans and A/C are working together to circulate the cool air, the warm air needs a place to go. Turn on bathroom fans and kitchen exhausts to expel the warm air throughout the day. This will help the A/C maintain a cool temperature throughout the house and the ceiling fans won’t have to be on as long.
Use a Frozen Water Bottle in Bed
The hardest part of the day to cool off is when you go to bed. Keep cool with a frozen water bottle at the foot of the bed as a chill source. It seems strange but cooling off your feet can actually help you sleep better.
If you follow these simple steps, you can save money and get the most out of your A/C while still keeping your home comfortable for you and your family.