Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Cooling System this Spring and Summer

In these uncertain times, we’re all trying to save money. But when it comes to slicing your household budget, shutting down your air conditioner just isn’t an option. Enduring the COVID-19 crisis amid climbing temperatures requires some basic bare necessities, and a cooling system that can keep you comfortable is one of them!

Whether you’re looking for ways to conserve energy so that you can keep your cooling bills low this season, or you’re trying to get a few more years of performance out of an older AC unit, you’ve come to the right place.

The St. Cloud AC maintenance experts here at Neighborhood have put together a quick list of tips to help you get maximum efficiency out of your air conditioner during the spring and summer months.

Upgrade Thermostat

A “smart” thermostat that automatically moderates temperature based on your daily routine is a great way to keep your home cool without overworking your air conditioner. If you already have a programmable “smart” thermostat, make sure you set it to between 70 and 78 degrees to keep conditions comfortable while maintaining efficiency. Cranking the temperature down on a hot day will only waste energy.

Use Fans

While your air conditioner treats the air in your home, fans help to circulate it, which can actually make rooms feel a lot cooler. In fact, by using ceiling fans or portable fans in high-use rooms, you can set your thermostat 4 or 5 degrees higher and not compromise on your level of comfort.

Close Blinds

Natural light is beautiful, but on a sweltering summer day, you definitely don’t want the sun radiating additional heat through your windows and into your home. Make use of your window treatments to give your air conditioner a boost in keeping you cool.

Clean Ducts and Vents 

A dirty ventilation system will block cool air from circulating throughout your home and make your air conditioner work harder than it has to. Make sure no furniture or clutter is blocking vents, and add “air ducts” to the spring cleaning to-do list.

Show Your AC Some TLC

Of course, the best way to get maximum performance from your air conditioner is to take good care of your air conditioner! This is a hard-working appliance with many different essential components, all of which need regular maintenance for the system to function properly.

We delve a little deeper into the subject of proper AC care in this infographic.

While the average homeowner might be able to prevent some air conditioning problems and spot AC issues when they pop-up, solving them is another matter. Fortunately, residents of the St. Cloud area who need an AC tune-up to prepare their home for hot weather can always turn to Neighborhood for fast, affordable, and reliable service. Contact our team today to schedule a maintenance visit.

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