How to Get the Most out of Your AC this Summer

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Get the most out of your AC

While most of us are still enjoying all the trappings of springtime, let’s not forget that the heat of summer is on its way.

And, with the cost of utilities consistently rising due to a variety of factors, your Brooklyn air conditioning experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning believe it’s important you know some cost-saving ways to maximize your air conditioning this summer.

Read on to learn more or simply reach out to our experts today!

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Focus on Preventative Maintenance

If you didn’t get your air conditioning serviced in the spring, it’s still never too late to have a tune-up. Regular maintenance helps improve the efficiency of your AC by cleaning dusty areas, replacing damaged parts and keeping an eye on issues that could force your AC to work harder to cool your home.

Insulate Your Home

If you have an older home, there might be a chance that your insulation has degraded over time. When a home is well-insulated, the cool air produced by your air conditioning stays within the house longer. This means your AC has to cycle on less. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that homeowners can save an average of 15% on their cooling costs with the proper insulation.

Turn on the Air Early

If you turn on your air conditioner early in the day before the outside temperatures rise, you use less electricity cooling your home and keeping it cool as the heat rises. Waiting until your Brooklyn home is already hot means your AC has to work harder to cool it back down.

Keep Filters Clean

While it may seem as though we sound like a broken record on the importance of keeping your HVAC filter clean or changing it, the truth is that it’s one of the least expensive tasks you can perform to improve your AC’s energy efficiency. A clean AC is an efficient one.

Close the Blinds

Sure, sunshine is nice and your indoor plants and sun-loving pets enjoy it, but you might want to consider closing your blinds or curtains as the day heats up. This is particularly true of windows that face south or west. Blocking out the heat of the sun helps keep the air cooler.

Invest in a Smart Thermostat

If you’re using an older thermostat, your only option of control may be to set the air conditioner to higher settings while you’re away or asleep. But, with a smart thermostat, its customizable technology ensures your energy use matches your home and family’s needs. A smart thermostat “learns” your family’s routines and adjusts the temperature as needed.

Supplement your AC with a Fan

Ceiling fans are not only great decorative options, they are also practical. Fans don’t cool the air themselves but they can circulate the cold air your AC puts out so that your entire house feels cooler.

Take Care of Your Ductwork

Make sure your ductwork is clean and doesn’t have any visible cracks or gaps. Vacuuming your vents and wrapping your cracks or breaks with tape can help your ductwork get cool air to all the areas in your home that need cooling. If your home is older, you may want to consider hiring a professional vent cleaning crew to deep clean your ductwork. A reputable team will also note damaged areas so you can repair them, as well.

Get Help from the Brooklyn AC Experts

If your air conditioning isn’t cooling the way it should or you have other concerns about your cooling system and think you might need air conditioning repair in Brooklyn, feel free to call us or contact us online today to schedule a consultation. We want you to stay cool this summer!

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