Summer is rapidly approaching with humid air and higher temperatures that make everyone feel miserable. You start to feel the perspiration form along your spine just thinking about the arrival of this season. Before those long summer days arrive, you need to do everything you can to prepare your home. Preparation is key to making yourself more comfortable through these endless weeks of unbearable heat.
What do you need to do to keep cool in the heat? Check out some of these expert suggestions to prepare your home for hot summer days.
Maintain your air conditioning unit
When summer comes knocking, you want your air conditioning unit to run efficiently throughout the season. The best way to prepare it for the overtime it will need to work in the weeks ahead is to enlist the help of a professional AC company for maintenance. They can help to clean your unit, the coils, and even replace your air filters. All of these simple steps allow your unit to function more effectively throughout the season ahead. As an added bonus, this can even lower your monthly electric bill.
Install a programmable thermostat
You can save some money on your electric bill by installing a programmable thermostat in your home. This allows you to set the temperature up by a few degrees while you are at work and no one is home to enjoy the chilled air. By setting the temperature up during work hours and at bedtime, you can save up to $180 per year.
Rearrange your furniture
Update the look of your home and make sure your air conditioning can run efficiently all at the same time by rearranging your furniture. This ensures that your air vents aren’t blocked by couches and chairs that will absorb all of your cool air immediately. Move them around so that the chilled air your air conditioner produces can be shared with the entire room. Make sure that you keep appliances like the television away from the thermostat though. This can give your thermostat a false reading of the temperature inside your home and cause the air conditioner to work much harder.
Make sure your blinds and curtains are in great shape
One of the easiest ways to keep the heat out of your home is to block it out with blinds and curtains. Shutting these items during the day prevents the sunlight from entering your home and warming it up unnecessarily. Look for medium-weight curtains with a white plastic backing for the most efficient heat protection.
Install ceiling fans
Ceiling fans can definitely supplement your air conditioner by forcing the newly-chilled air around the room. They can make your room feel cooler without forcing the air conditioner to work any harder. In fact, you may even be able to bump the thermostat up a few degrees to since you will have the wind chill from the fans.
Before summer arrives, you need to make sure that you are taking all of the necessary precautions to keep your home cool this season. Be sure to give Classic Air Conditioning and Heating a call to help you put some of these tips into action!