10 Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool and Comfortable

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

The average high temperatures for May in Granbury, Texas are between 63-83 degrees, according to www.usclimatedata.com.  That sounds great, but you probably noticed we hit a high of 91 on April 2nd!

Let’s hope it’s not a harbinger of a long, miserably hot summer. Because as your HVAC professionals, we want you to stay cool!

Each year, we like to share some strategies for keeping your home or business cool and comfortable as temperatures begin to creep up.

Of course, air conditioner service leads the following list of 10 tips for keeping cool. Give us a call if you need your system checked out and made ready for the summer season.

  1. Service your air conditioner. This is the time for annual maintenance, including replacing air filters if necessary and cleaning the evaporator coil.
  2. Set or program your thermostat. A higher setting for times when you are not at home can help reduce energy costs by 10 percent.
  3. Create some cross-ventilation by opening your windows. That high of 91 degrees notwithstanding, the mild weather this time of year is the perfect time to enjoy cooling breezes without having to run the air conditioning system.
  4. Use your ceiling fans. Energy.gov says by using ceiling fans in combination with your cooling system, you can raise your thermostat by four degrees, a tactic that may help lower your monthly electric bill.
  5. It’s grilling time! Take advantage of the nice weather and start cooking outside. Your A/C won’t have to compete with a hot stove or oven.
  6. Take advantage of your window treatments. If you are going to be gone all day, remember to adjust the blinds and shades to block direct sun through windows that could turn floors and walls into unwanted “heat sinks” during the summer.
  7. Switch off artificial lights during the day. If you’ll be at home during the day, make wise use of your windows and skylights to light your home.
  8. Seal air leaks. This is the time of year to inspect your home for air leaks around windows and other openings to keep warm air out and cool air in.
  9. Inspect and seal ductwork. Leaky ductwork means your system will work hard to cool areas that don’t need to be cooled. Properly sealed and insulated ductwork can help save energy costs.
  10. Use your bathroom fan when you shower. Bathroom exhaust fans will improve your comfort by removing heat and humidity from your home.