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

As the cold winter days become rarer and the welcome warmth of early spring arrives, you may start thinking about how you’ll keep your living space 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 cooling specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

1. Use Ceiling Fans 

If you don’t run your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to improve comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel roughly four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from using a ceiling fan allows you to turn up the thermostat without getting uncomfortable. Just remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so switch them off when no one is in the room.

2. Be Smart About Windows 

With regards to controlling your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The key is understanding how to use them effectively based on how warm or cold it is outside:

  • On cool but sunny days, raise the blinds to allow the sunshine in so it can warm your home naturally.
  • On warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the house to create a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to use your air conditioner to prevent pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to lessen solar heat gain and postpone the need for air conditioning.

3. Cook Outside

Using the oven or stovetop increases the heat inside your home, making your cooling system work harder and consume more electricity. Take advantage of the lovely spring weather by taking your cooking outdoors. Grilling is a terrific way to get some fresh air while keeping your house cool and comfortable. In addition, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the intense heat and bothersome mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean Strategically 

Spring cleaning is a habit that provides a fresh, uncluttered home just in time for warmer weather. You may not know, but spring cleaning is also a chance to increase your home’s energy efficiency. As you deep-clean your home, concentrate on areas that impact airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s power bills. Here are some places to tackle:

  • • Wipe down ceiling fan blades and set them to rotate counterclockwise.
  • Utilize caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to minimize air leakage.
  • Change the HVAC air filter to prompt optimal airflow.
  • Remove debris from around the outdoor AC unit to increase performance.
  • Clean the coils beneath or behind the refrigerator to reduce the electricity necessary to keep your food cold.
  • Wipe down light fixtures and replace old incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

A spring AC check-up prepares your air conditioner for the summer’s heat. Although you can perform a couple of tasks yourself, such as exchanging the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outside unit, only a skilled specialist can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Annual check-ups can go a long ways to help lower energy usage, promote more reliable performance and extend an AC unit’s service life. Arrange service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring to make sure your system is ready to perform at its best when you need it most.

6. Take Care of 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 efficiently. Plus, detailed duct cleaning gets rid of debris buildup, helping make sure your home’s air moves smoothly in the system. These ductwork services save energy and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more comfortable place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Power Efficiency  

Consider upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less electricity without compromising performance. Updates necessitate an investment, but you can expect significant electricity bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable home. These improvements also enhance a home’s value if you ever decide to sell the residence. Spring is the right time for HVAC updates, as contractors are typically less busy, so that it is easier to set up 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 assistance implementing any of these recommendations this spring, call the pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide affordable, energy-efficient cooling solutions in the U.S. to save you money all year long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can rely on us to provide comfort and put your mind at ease. For excellent service that makes a positive impact on your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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