Come summertime, a lot of people will be excited to get out of their extra layers of clothes. They look forward to being free of the chilly grasp of the spring air, and many are even preparing for their vacation, most of which include a warming trip to the beach.
But summer isn’t just about these thrilling activities. Along with it come the stronger, more powerful rays of the sun, the heat of which can make anyone swoon. Heatstroke and sunburns aren’t a laughing matter, so it’s best that you know when to get out of the sun and into the relief of a much-welcome airconditioned room.
It’s quite easy to fall into this routine, but you should always keep in mind that summertime is also the period when your utility bills spike – drastically. After all, the heat that the summer months (July and August) bring can force anyone to have the air conditioner running on full blast, and for extended periods.
However, while comfort and preventing summer-related ailments are your top priority, just as important is controlling your energy consumption.
The good news is, you don’t have to sacrifice either of comfort or budget, so long as you have good cooling practices at home. For instance, AirNow Cooling & Heating suggests having your air conditioning system inspected and serviced before summer sets in, as this helps ensure your space cooler performs optimally when you need it most. A properly working air conditioner doesn’t get just efficiently cool; it also consumes only the necessary amount of energy to keep things comfortable.
Other good cooling practices
And as a final reminder from the Department of Energy, you should also consider investing in insulation and ceiling fans, both of which can further enhance the cooling performance of your air conditioner. Insulation prevents heat losses and gains, while ceiling fans help circulate cooled air faster and more efficiently. These then allow for the AC to cool your house quicker, without the unnecessary surges in its energy consumption.