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

As icy winter days become rarer and the mild warmth of early spring finally graces your neighborhood, you may start thinking about how you’ll keep your residence cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is an ideal time to implement energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the hot months ahead.

Here are seven things to implement today, courtesy of the professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

1. Operate Ceiling Fans 

If you haven’t used your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to enhance comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel roughly four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from running a ceiling fan enables you to dial up the thermostat without getting uncomfortable. However, fans cool people, not rooms, so shut them off when no one is in the room.

2. Be Smart Around Windows 

When it comes to regulating your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The key is knowing how to use them correctly based on how warm or cold it is outside:

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

3. Cook Outside

Using the oven or stovetop can make your home hotter, making your cooling system work harder and consume more energy. Make the most of the stunning spring weather by moving your cooking outdoors. Grilling is an excellent way to get some fresh air while helping keep your house cool and comfortable. In addition, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the severe heat and bothersome mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean Strategically 

Spring cleaning is a practice that results in a fresh, organized home just in time for warmer weather. You may not realize it, but spring cleaning is also an opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency. As you deep-clean your home, put emphasis on areas that can impede airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s electricity bills. Here are some spaces to tackle:

  • • Clean ceiling fan blades and set them to operate counterclockwise.
  • Use caulk or weatherstripping to close leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to minimize air leakage.
  • Replace the HVAC air filter to help with optimal airflow.
  • Rake away debris from around the exterior AC unit to increase performance.
  • Clean the coils below or behind the refrigerator to minimize the energy required to keep your food cold.
  • Wipe down light fixtures and exchange 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 high temperatures. Even though you can do a few tasks yourself, such as switching out the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the exterior unit, only a skilled specialist can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Yearly maintenance can go a long ways to help lower power consumption, promote more reliable performance and make your equipment last longer. Set up service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring to ensure your system is ready to operate at its best when you need it most.

6. Take Care of Your Ducts

Spring is the ideal time to take a look at your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air move to its destination more effectively. In addition, a good duct cleaning gets rid of debris buildup, making sure air moves smoothly in the system. These ductwork services save energy and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more pleasant place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Power Efficiency  

Contemplate upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less power without sacrificing performance. Updates do take an investment, but you can expect substantial electricity bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable home. These improvements also improve a home’s value if you ever decide to sell the residence. Spring is the right time for HVAC updates, as contractors are usually less busy, which makes 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 help implementing any of these suggestions this spring, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We offer affordable, energy-efficient cooling services in the U.S. to save you money all season long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can rely on us to provide comfort and peace of mind. For skilled service that makes an impact on your daily life, call 866-397-3787 today!

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