There’s nothing quite like relaxing inside your air-conditioned home on a hot summer day. But keeping your AC system running day after day adds a fair chunk to your monthly overhead.

So, how does one go about reducing their energy expense load? Keep reading, because there are more solid available means than you might realize.

Reduce Your Body Heat

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and add an electrolyte solution into the mix when you work up a sweat.
  • Dress in breathable, natural fabrics like cotton, linen, or hemp.
  • Soak your feet in a basin of cold water or keep a spray bottle in the fridge for a refreshing spritz.
  • Eat lighter meals like salads and sandwiches instead of hot, heavy meals.

Tips for Around the House

  • Limit heat-producing activities during the day. Run the dishwasher and washing machine or dryer overnight and postpone vacuuming until the evening hours.
  • Keep your shades drawn at least until the sun moves away from your windows.
  • Use fans in conjunction with your air conditioner to help circulate cool air around your home.
  • Make sure exterior doors and windows are properly sealed to keep cool air in and hot air out.

Maintain Your Air Conditioner

  • Keep your air conditioner running efficiently by cleaning or changing the air filter once a month.
  • Shade your air conditioner from direct sunlight with shrubbery. Just be careful not to block or obstruct the fan so it has room to vent heat. If you have window units, install them on the north side of your home if possible.
  • Wash the outside of your outdoor condenser to remove grass and other debris. Once again, the compressor needs room to vent hot air.
  • Keep your registers open all the way. Shutting them even part way adds to your AC system’s wear and tear.

Here at Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating, & Air, we can help reduce your energy costs with our AC preventive maintenance service. Other benefits include fewer repairs, longer system lifespan, and added safety. Contact us today to schedule service, especially if it’s been a year or longer since system maintenance was last performed.