Stay Cool: 7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Cool Down in Spring

As chilly winter days become rarer and the welcome warmth of early spring arrives, you very well could start thinking about how you’ll keep your residence cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is the perfect time to adopt energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the warmer months ahead.

Here are seven ideas to implement today, courtesy of the pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

1. Run Ceiling Fans 

If you don’t run your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on a terrific opportunity to enhance comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel roughly four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from running a ceiling fan enables you to dial up the thermostat without making your home feel too hot. Keep in mind, fans cool people, not rooms, so shut them off when you leave the area.

2. Be Smart Around Windows 

Regarding managing your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The key is knowing how to use them effectively based on what the temperature is outdoors:

  • On cool but sunny days, raise the blinds to let the sunshine in and warm your home naturally.
  • On much warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the dwelling to create a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to instead run your AC to protect against pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to minimize solar heat gain and postpone the need for air conditioning.

3. Cook Your Meals Outdoors

Using the oven or stovetop raises the indoor temperature, making your cooling system work harder and consume more electricity. Make the most of the stunning spring weather by transferring your cooking outdoors. Grilling is an excellent way to get some fresh air while helping keep your home cool and comfortable. Additionally, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the severe heat and pesky mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean with a Mission 

Spring cleaning is a habit that provides a fresh, organized home just in time for summer weather. You may not have heard, but spring cleaning is also a chance to enhance your home’s energy efficiency. As you go through your home and freshen up, focus on spaces that can impede airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s power bills. Here are some areas to tackle:

  • • Wipe down ceiling fan blades and set them to operate counterclockwise.
  • Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to lower the amount of air leakage.
  • Exchange the HVAC air filter to help with optimal airflow.
  • Clear out debris from around the outside AC unit to increase performance.
  • Clean the coils underneath or behind the refrigerator to minimize the energy required to keep your food cold.
  • Clean off light fixtures and replace older incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Get Your Air Conditioner a Tune Up

A spring AC check-up prepares your AC for the summer’s high temperatures. Even though you can complete a couple of tasks yourself, such as exchanging the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outside unit, only a professional can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Annual tune-ups can go a long ways to help decrease a home’s electricity use, promote more reliable performance and extend an AC unit’s service life. Set up service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring so you can be sure that your system is ready to operate at its best when you need it most.

6. Don’t Forget Your Ducts

Spring is a good time to evaluate your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air get to its destination more effectively. Plus, thorough duct cleaning gets rid of debris buildup, making sure air moves smoothly in the system. These ductwork services save electricity and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more enjoyable place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Energy Efficiency  

Give some thought to upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less energy without losing performance. Updates do take an investment, but you can expect substantial energy bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable dwelling. These improvements also enhance a home’s value if you ever decide to sell the residence. Spring is a good time for HVAC updates, as contractors are typically less busy, so that it is easier to arrange the installation at a convenient time for you.   

Count on Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your HVAC Needs in the U.S. this Spring 

For support carrying out any of these recommendations this spring, call the pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We offer affordable, energy-efficient cooling remedies in the U.S. to save you money all season long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can count on us to provide comfort and peace of mind. For excellent service that makes an impact on your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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