Originally published in May 2018

With the daytime temperatures in Bloomington, Illinois, surpassing the 90-degree mark in the summer, homeowners rely heavily on their air conditioners for comfort and safety. However, you don’t have to deal with high energy bills to stay cool. Here are four simple steps every homeowner can take to improve cooling efficiency this summer:

Change Your HVAC System’s Air Filter

You should leave most HVAC maintenance tasks to a professional. But changing your HVAC system’s air filter is one that you can complete yourself. A clogged filter will cause your air conditioner to work harder to reach and maintain your desired temperature, leading in inefficiency and higher utility costs. Change your filter every 30 to 90 days to avoid this.

Take Advantage of Your Ceiling Fans

The ceiling fans in your home can look aesthetically appealing. But that’s not the only purpose they serve. When used correctly, they can create a windchill effect that makes you feel cooler and reduces your reliance on the AC system. To enjoy a cooler atmosphere without cranking up the air conditioner, make sure your ceiling fans rotate in a counterclockwise direction during the summer. To avoid wasting energy, turn them off when leaving the room.

Keep a Consistent Thermostat Setting

Constantly turning the thermostat up and down isn’t an efficient way to cool your home. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Instead, set a baseline temperature for your home when you’re awake and in it – 78 degrees is a good start. For every degree higher, you can save up to 3 percent on utility costs.

Schedule Air Conditioner Maintenance

Summer is nearly here, which means now’s the time to schedule air conditioner maintenance. A service technician will make sure your AC system is maximizing cooling efficiency. If you require a repair, they can take care of it on the spot. The longer you wait to schedule AC maintenance, the more you’ll pay in energy costs this cooling season.

Custom Air Company offers a Residential Energy Savings Agreement that includes plenty of benefits, including priority scheduling and deep discounts. Contact us today to improve your cooling efficiency.

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