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

As chilly winter days become rarer and the inviting warmth of early spring arrives, you very well could start thinking about how you’ll keep your living space cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is an ideal time to adopt energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the hotter months ahead.

Here are seven things to implement today, courtesy of the professionals 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 terrific 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 lets you turn up the thermostat without making your home feel too hot. However, fans cool people, not rooms, so shut them off when no one is in the room.

2. Be Smart With Your Windows 

Regarding regulating your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The difference between the two is learning how to use them properly based on the weather:

  • On cool but sunny days, pull up the blinds to let the sunshine in and warm your home naturally.
  • On warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the dwelling to produce a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to use your AC to stop pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to minimize solar heat gain and delay the need for air conditioning.

3. Cook Your Meals Outdoors

Using the oven or stovetop raises the indoor temperature, making your cooling system work harder and use more power. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather by transferring your cooking outdoors. Grilling is an excellent way to get some fresh air while helping keep your home cool and comfortable. In addition, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the extreme heat and pesky mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean Strategically 

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

  • • Clean ceiling fan blades and set them to rotate counterclockwise.
  • Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to minimize air leakage.
  • Replace the HVAC air filter to help with optimal airflow.
  • Clear out debris from around the outdoor AC unit to increase performance.
  • Clean the coils under or behind the refrigerator to lower the energy required to keep your food cold.
  • Clean off light fixtures and change old incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

A seasonal AC check-up prepares your AC for the summer’s hot sun. While you can do a couple of tasks yourself, such as exchanging the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outdoor unit, only a pro can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Seasonal check-ups can go a long ways to help lower energy usage, promote more reliable performance and make your equipment last longer. Schedule service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring so you can be sure that your system is ready to its best when you need it most.

6. Show Your Air Ducts Some TLC

Spring is the ideal time to evaluate your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air reach its destination more efficiently. Then, thorough duct cleaning removes debris buildup, making sure air moves smoothly through the system. These ductwork services save electricity and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more comfortable place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Energy Efficiency  

Consider upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less power without compromising performance. Improvements require an investment, but you can expect considerable electricity bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable home. These improvements also improve a home’s value if you ever decide to move. Spring is the right time for HVAC updates, as contractors are usually less busy, making it easier to arrange 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 tips this spring, turn Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide affordable, energy-efficient cooling remedies 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 deliver comfort and put your mind at ease. For excellent service that makes a real difference in your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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