As New Braunfels moves into July, and the hottest part of summer, it’s important to keep your house cool. But relying solely on your air conditioner is a great way to rack up a huge utility bill. If you want to keep cool this summer, there are more ways to do it than just installing an energy efficient air conditioner. Instead, follow some of these clever tips and tricks to make the most of your AC this summer. Of course, if you’re AC doesn’t work in the first place, call Legacy Heating and AC Services for air conditioning repair in New Braunfels.
Conduct An Energy Audit
As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, there’s a lot of cracks, leaks, and holes in our home that lets out all of the cool air in your home. To get a sense of just where you’re leaking conditioned air, contact your local home energy rater or utility auditor. They’ll conduct a thorough survey of your home and track down any leaks or cracks that are causing you to waste your AC and your money. They’ll create a plan for you to follow to best seal up your house and keep the cool air inside where it belongs.
If you don’t want to spring for an audit, you can conduct one yourself. On a hot day, turn your AC on, and then step outside. Run your hand along the windows and doors on the outside of your home. If you can feel a cold breeze, it’s likely that you have a leak. A quick fix is to add some new caulking around your breezy window frames and add new insulation around your doors.
Position Your Thermostat Correctly
This may sound like an odd tip, but if you recall our blog on common AC problems, your thermostat may be responsible for your AC working too hard, or not at all. Where you position your thermostat can influence how efficient your AC is. If your thermostat is right across from a window that gets a lot of sunlight, your thermostat might warm up triggering your AC to turn on unnecessarily. Similarly, you don’t want to put your thermostat next to anything that generates a lot of heat. That can be something as obvious as your stove or oven, or something more subtle like your TV or even a very bright lamp. When you put your thermostat in a hallway or other wall that doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight or heat, your AC system will be more accurate as it won’t be turning on in response to minor changes in temperature.
Turn A Fan On
If you’re starting to get hot in the New Braunfels summer sun, your immediate reaction is probably to retreat inside and immediately power on the AC. But before you do, try turning on a fan first. On their own, fans have been proven to reduce the temperature in a room by an incredible 10-degrees and use a tenth of the amount of energy that your AC does. Unless your home is already sweltering, you’ll likely experience almost immediate relief just by turning a fan on.
Keep The Sun Out Of Your Home
While we all love the brilliant summer sunshine that brightens up our rooms, it also has the unwanted side effect of making our homes hotter. By strategically using your blinds, you can reduce the amount of heat that is allowed into your home throughout the day. That doesn’t mean you need to batten down the hatches and keep your blinds closed all season long. Instead, during the hottest part of the day, take a minute to lower your blinds and keep the sun out. It keeps the sunlight out and by extent the sun. Because it also acts as an extra layer of insulation for your windows, it also keeps your conditioned air from escaping outside.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Of course, one of the easiest ways to reduce your utility bills this summer is to arrange for regular AC maintenance. When an AC repair specialist examines your unit, they’ll look for worn out components or damage that may keep your AC unit from running at peak efficiency. This should be done at least once a year.
This summer, be smart in how you use your air conditioner. By only turning it on during the hottest parts of the day, you’ll reduce the amount of wear and tear that your AC unit experiences. You’ll save money on your energy bills for not running it all day, and because it’s being treated nicely, you won’t have to pay for any unexpected air conditioning repair bills.
If you’re in need of AC heating and repair services in New Braunfels this summer, don’t delay. Call Legacy Air Conditioning and Heating Services today. We offer free estimates for all of our work, and thanks to our year-round specials and financing options, we make AC installation and repair affordable. Contact Legacy now!