How to Keep Cool Without Breaking the Bank

Beyond running your AC constantly, there are other cost effective ways you can keep cool this summer. From using your ceiling fans properly to adding sufficient insulation, here are some tips on keeping cool without breaking the bank. Hint: properly maintaining and cleaning your HVAC system in Michigan is priority #1.

Utilize Ceiling Fans Correctly

Ceiling fans work in tandem with your AC to circulate cool air so you don’t have to crank up the HVAC system so high. This gives your system a break while also providing more efficient cooling throughout each room. Just make sure your blades are rotating the right way. In summer, switch your ceiling fan blades to rotate counterclockwise, which pushes cooler air down in a column for a “wind chill” effect. Switch them to clockwise in winter.

Use Window Coverings Strategically

Keep blinds, shades, and curtains closed during the hottest part of the day, which blocks out sunlight while reducing heat gain.

Optimize Ventilation

Open windows to take advantage of cross-ventilation on cool evenings. This encourages the flow of fresh air that can then circulate throughout your home. Promote airflow by opening windows on opposite sides of the room and enjoy those cool evening breezes.

Install Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home remotely or even from the comfort of your couch. Create temperature schedules that take your daily routine into account. For example, set your AC to switch on when you’re leaving work at the end of the day so you can arrive to a cooled home. This maximizes energy efficiency and saves you money. Why cool your home when nobody’s there?

Ensure Proper Insulation

Is your home properly and sufficiently insulated? If you’re not sure, get an energy assessment to see if you’re lacking in any areas. If so, add more insulation to your attic and walls. You can also seal gaps around doors and windows, and use reflective window films to discourage heat absorption.

Use Heat-Reducing Techniques

Cut down on heat-generating activities during peak times of the day. Don’t use ovens or dryers; instead, hang your clothes outside to dry and use the grill to make dinner.

Choose Energy-Efficient Cooling Equipment

If your AC unit is old and sucking energy, replace it with a new model boasting a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. Not only do these energy-efficient units use less electricity, they provide maximum cooling performance while saving you money.

Utilize Shades and Awnings

Install awnings and shades outside your windows to prevent direct sunlight and UV rays from beating down on your home. This also reduces heat gain, which can decrease the temperature inside your home and keep you cool all day long.

Maintain and Clean Your HVAC System

Finally, be sure to schedule regular cleaning and maintenance of your system’s coils, fans, and vents to promote efficient operation. Clear debris around the outdoor unit so air flow is not compromised. Regular maintenance ensures a longer lifespan of the unit while ensuring you get optimal cooling power throughout the summer months.

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Sign up for our AC maintenance plans now and never have to worry about scheduling regular service again. Making small investments each year can save you thousands in future repair and replacement costs. Call us now at (586) 335-3044 for a free quote on our air conditioning services, including repair, installation, maintenance, replacement and inspection.