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Smart Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

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When the mercury rises, it can be a struggle to maintain your comfort without paying through the nose. Homeowners spend roughly $29 billion annually on air conditioning. With energy rates on the rise, you need to find more cost-effective approaches to stay cool.

Here’s how to beat the heat without breaking the bank this summer.

Use Fans

Fans create a wind-chill effect, helping make a room feel four to eight degrees cooler than it actually is. That means you can adjust your thermostat higher without sacrificing comfort. Bumping the temperature up just two degrees can save a substantial amount on air conditioning costs.

Ceiling fans are especially helpful. Run them counterclockwise during the summer months to create a downdraft. This will also help your central air system distribute cool air throughout your home.

Tune-Up Your HVAC

Don’t overlook maintenance. A sluggish HVAC system is an expensive HVAC system to operate. A professional tune-up of your central air system will keep it operating in peak condition. In general, a tune-up includes the following:

  • Checking thermostat settings

  • Tightening electrical connections

  • Lubricating moving parts

  • Checking refrigerant level

  • Inspecting the condensate drain

  • Cleaning blower components and coils

Install a Wi-Fi Thermostat

Modern programmable thermostats can slash utility bills and cool your living space more effectively. Wi-Fi thermostats can determine when you’re home when you’re away to fine-tune cooling cycles for maximum efficiency. Energy Star-certified smart thermostats can save 8% or more on your cooling and heating costs.

Close Blinds During the Day

If you want to stay cool without cranking up the A/C, covering up south-facing windows is the way to go. Closing Venetian blinds during the day will prevent the sun from turning your home into an oven. Awnings positioned over windows with southern exposure will provide further thermal protection.

Use Color to Manage Radiant Heat

It's no secret that dark colors retain heat while light colors radiate it quite effectively. Painting the walls in south-facing rooms with light hues will produce the most impressive results. If that's not possible, opt for light-colored rugs, upholstery, and wall hangings.

 

Bottom line: Staying cool during the summer months doesn’t have to be expensive. We’re happy to help discuss further options to ensure a comfortable and efficient home. To schedule an appointment with A-TEMP Heating, Cooling & Electrical call (503) 694-3396.

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