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

As the cold winter days become rarer and the welcome warmth of early spring finally graces your neighborhood, you might 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 warmer months ahead.

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

1. Operate Ceiling Fans 

If you don’t use 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 using a ceiling fan allows you to dial up the thermostat without making your home feel too hot. Keep in mind, fans cool people, not rooms, so shut them off when you leave to save energy.

2. Be Smart About Windows 

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

  • On cool but sunny days, raise the blinds to allow the sunshine in to warm your home naturally.
  • On very warm days, open windows on opposite sides of the home to produce a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to instead run your air conditioning system to protect against pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to lessen solar heat gain and delay the need for home cooling.

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 lovely spring weather by taking your cooking outdoors. Grilling is a terrific way to get some fresh air while helping keep your home cool and comfortable. Additionally, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the intense heat and pesky mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean with a Mission 

Spring cleaning is a habit that provides a fresh, neat home just in time for summer weather. You may not have heard, but spring cleaning is also an opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency. As you go through your home and freshen up, focus on spaces that affect airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s energy bills. Here are some areas to tackle:

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

5. Schedule Routine AC Maintenance

A springtime AC check-up prepares your AC for the summer’s heat. While you can do some tasks yourself, such as switching out the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outside unit, only a pro can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Yearly check-ups can go a long ways to help lower energy usage, promote more reliable performance and extend an AC unit’s service life. Set up service with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the spring to make sure your system is ready to perform at its best when you need it most.

6. Don’t Forget Your Ducts

Spring is a good time to address your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air get to its destination more effectively. Then, a good duct cleaning removes debris buildup, helping make sure your home’s air moves smoothly through the system. These ductwork services save electricity and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more pleasant place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Energy Efficiency  

Think about upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less electricity without sacrificing performance. Upgrades necessitate an investment, but you can expect considerable energy bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable residence. These improvements also improve a home’s value if you ever decide to move. Spring is an opportune time for HVAC updates, as contractors are usually less busy, so that it is easier to set up 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 using any of these recommendations this spring, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We offer affordable, energy-efficient cooling solutions in the U.S. to save you money all season long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can trust 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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