Despite the smoldering summer heat, there are several ways to ensure that you stay cool. Here are some of the best ways to maximize the effectiveness of your air conditioner:
• Switch to energy efficient lighting: CFLs and LEDs reduce your need for constantly-on air conditioning. Traditional incandescent bulbs emit approximately 90% of their energy as heat. Switching your lighting is an easy and inexpensive way to cool down your home and extend the longevity of your air conditioner.
• Keep your blinds closed during the day: As the days get hotter, the sun gets stronger. Nearly 30% of unwanted heat comes from the open windows in your home. By closing the blinds, especially those where the sunlight is beaming in, you can lower your home’s temperature by 20 degrees.
• Minimize use of your oven/stove: Many kitchen appliances produce heat, especially the oven and stove. The best way to minimize this additional heat is to grill outside or use the microwave. If you absolutely must use the oven or stove, be sure to cover pots and pans to reduce humidity and utilize the oven light instead of opening the door.
• Get your AC unit checked regularly: If your air conditioning isn’t functioning properly and doesn’t get inspected, it will breakdown. It is always possible that there is an unseen issue that only a professional can spot. Signing up for Nebrasky Plumbing, Heating & Cooling’s Home Care Club ensures that your HVAC system will get checked regularly and run effortlessly, no matter the temperature outside.
Follow these tips to beat the heat and give Nebrasky Plumbing Heating & Cooling a call at (800) 989-0299 to guarantee your air conditioner works efficiently this summer!