Because comfort is important to most of us, who wouldn’t want to kick it indoors with the air conditioner blasting on hot summer days? But think of your power bills and your poor, overworked AC! In preparation for the warmer months ahead, we’d like to share some tips for keeping your home cool while avoiding costly AC repair in Kalamazoo, MI:
- Close your blinds and drapes: You may want natural light to flood into your home during the day, but hot summer days will bring inside more than just light—a lot of heat comes in through window and door glass. If this extra heat is unwanted, then you will want to block it out using appropriately sized blinds, shades, curtains or other window treatments of your choosing. Closing the blinds on hot days can save you money on energy bills and lower the indoor temperature by up to 20 percent without having to turn on the air conditioner.
- Get blackout curtains: Another way to block out the summer heat is by installing blackout curtains. These types of curtains are made specifically for keeping sunlight out of your home, but also insulate the rooms they’re hanging in. When buying blackout curtains, make sure they come with insulated backings or linings to reduce penetrating heat by about 30 percent on average.
- Use fans: Whether you have ceiling fans or portable room fans, use them! Keep in mind that ceiling fans should be adjusted seasonally for your benefit. In the summer, set your ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise. The fans will run at a higher speed so that the air creates a wind-chill breeze effect that will cool the inside of your home.
- Switch to summer sheets: While you may already swap your sheets to match the season—for example, floral patterns or bright colors in the spring, and calming blues and grays in the winter—doing so is also a simple way to keep cool at bedtime. When the warmer months arrive, switch to cotton sheets. Cotton breathes easier and stays cooler than flannel or fleece, which are great bedding materials for cold winter nights.
- Let in the cool night air: If you live in an area where summer nights produce cool air, take advantage! Opening or cracking windows and doors on cool summer evenings is a brilliant way to cool down your house while you sleep. It also gives your AC a break after running all day long. Use your fans at night to create a cross-breeze, but close everything in the morning, before the heat comes back.
- Cook outside: Because your kitchen range utilizes heat for cooking, using it will make the inside of your house hotter than it already is. Instead of running the AC to counteract heat from cooking or to cool the house back down again, head outside to use your grill or outdoor kitchen.
The moment you feel there is something wrong with your air conditioning system, call All Brands Heating and Cooling. We’ll check things out and move forward with AC repair in Kalamazoo, MI if needed. Contact us today!
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