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How to Get the Most From Your AC When Summer Hits

When summer arrives in full force in eastern Alabama and western Georgia, your air-conditioned home offers you a welcome respite from the hot and humid weather. Ensuring that your AC runs at peak energy efficiency lets you enjoy the cooling comfort without worrying about the higher utility bills that often accompany the season. The following tips can help you keep more money in your pocket for summer fun with your family and friends.

Home Cooling Tips

Energy saving begins by implementing changes that make it easier for your air conditioner to maintain ideal temperatures. These cooling strategies can pay off big when it comes to lowering monthly energy bills:

  • Install a Programmable Thermostat. Set the device to raise the temperature when you’re away and lower it again by the time you return home.
  • Upgrade Window Treatments. The Environmental Protection Agency found that using drapes with white-plastic backings can reduce heat gain by up to 33 percent.
  • Use Ceiling Fans. Your ceiling fan helps to circulate air and creates a wind-chill effect that allows you to set your thermostat around 4 degrees higher without compromising your comfort.
  • Limit Oven Use. Keep the heat out of the kitchen by limiting, stove and oven use, cooking quick meals, cooking summer meals in a microwave or by using an outdoor grill.

Schedule AC Maintenance

When it comes to energy saving, the most important thing you can do is ensure that your AC is in tip-top condition. Even a small glitch in the system can impact efficiency and increase your energy bills. Be sure to schedule annual maintenance or your air conditioning system. You can play a role in maintenance by checking and changing your filter as needed.

With more than 40 years of experience serving the communities of eastern Alabama and western Georgia, Riley Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted source for preventive maintenance services that optimize energy efficiency and save you money. For more information and tips about how to cut energy costs while beating the heat this summer, take a look at our air conditioning solutions or call us today at 334-298-1278.

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