Though it may be hard to believe, we still haven’t surpassed the hottest months of the year yet. Although it might feel nice to come into a home where the air conditioning has been cranked to the lowest setting all day, it’s not going to feel so nice when you get your electricity bill at the end of the month! At Pro Air, we are committed to providing our customers with the best service, and that includes letting you in on some industry secrets about how to keep your cooling costs low during the hot summer months.
Life Is Cooler In The Shade
This is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to keeping your home cool, but blocking out the sun is vital to low cooling costs. Even though this makes perfect sense, many people keep their curtains and blinds open during the summer to get some of that gorgeous natural light into their homes. Our suggestion is to use this as a perfect excuse to spend more time outside. Maybe instead of keeping the kitchen curtains drawn back while you cook, close all the shades and have a barbecue outside instead – you’ll come back into a nice, cool house.
Speaking Of Cooking…
Ovens produce a ton of heat – no duh, right? While an oven’s only job is heat up on the inside so you can make that perfect roast – it also does a pretty good job of heating up the area around it too, making the overall temperature of your house warmer. This means your AC unit goes into overdrive to try and cool the place down again. And the oven is not the only culprit here. Washing machines, dishwashers, stovetops, hot showers, and even a large TV can produce unwanted heat. This is a great time to indulge in some cold foods such as sandwiches and salads, or stop at the store and pick up a rotisserie chicken and some sides from the deli so you don’t even have to worry about cooking.
We’re The Biggest Fans Of Fans!
Here’s the deal: The Department of Energy claims that the ideal thermostat setting for keeping heating and cooling costs low is 78 degrees. Does that seem high to you? Sure, it may be cooler than the blistering outside temperature, but that is still warmer than many families are accustomed to. But they also mention that running fans are more efficient than blasting the AC on the lowest setting, and can lower the room temperature 4-7 degrees when you take into account the wind chill. This will keep cool air circulating, meaning your HVAC unit does less work, saving you money.
Understand The Importance Of System Design
At Pro Air, we use a comprehensive software to calculate your home’s heating and cooling requirements and take into account everything from doors, insulation, perimeter tightness, windows, and more. Do you ever feel like the kitchen is freezing but the living room feels like a sauna? Or maybe downstairs is the perfect temperature but the upper floor feels like it is inside of a volcano? This is all due to poor system design. Every system we install ensures that you experience maximum comfort throughout your entire home, even during the summer.
Choose Pro Air Heating & Cooling For Your Summer HVAC Services
Even if you’re not ready for a total system renovation, Pro Air can still help save you money this summer and for years to come. Sometimes we find our customers have been noticing their cooling systems performing poorly for some time, but just deal with the discomfort until one day the entire thing breaks. This makes for a pricey repair. Enlisting in a Pro Air heating and cooling maintenance plan will allow our trained HVAC technicians to stop by once or twice per year and give your system a quick tune up and check for any leaks or other problems. This is the best way to keep your equipment running efficiently all year long and give you peace of mind that your family will be comfortable all year long!