Your air conditioner works hard to battle the heat of Arlington Heights, Illinois, summers. You are concerned about energy bills as you try to manage indoor comfort. While you probably can’t do without your AC completely, you can give it a bit of a break. Reduce the strain on your cooling system with these quick and easy tips.
Cold meals are a refreshing alternative to hot dishes when the weather is already warm. Stick with sandwiches, salads, and fresh fruit or veggie plates for your summer lunches. This will keep you feeling cooler, so you won’t mind a slightly higher thermostat setting. Cold meals also eliminate the need for summer cooking, which can heat the home further.
It’s easy to forget filter changes. However, since you rely heavily on your AC during the summer months, remembering to clean or change your filter is even more important. The more your AC cycles on, the more debris it removes from the air. If your AC becomes clogged, it will be harder for your system to keep your home cool. Develop a system or schedule to ensure you are cleaning or changing your filters on time.
You can purchase sheets, pillows, and mattress toppers that are designed to keep heat and moisture away from your body and help you stay cool. Add these to your bed and lighten your sleepwear for a cooler evening experience. Using these strategies, you should be able to turn the thermostat up a few degrees at night to minimize your energy use and give your air conditioner a break.
Sunlight naturally warms the home. While this is great for the winter months, it only adds to your discomfort in summer. Close the blinds and curtains on windows that get direct sunlight, and you’ll notice an immediate difference in your home’s temperature. Your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard without this heat pouring in.
Are you looking for more ways to lower your air conditioning bill and reduce strain on your system? Regular maintenance can do both. If you are overdue for your annual visit, contact Tempco Heating & Air Conditioning today at (847) 670-7000 to schedule your appointment.