School’s out for summer in Harford County, and that means doors in your home will be opening and closing a lot more frequently — causing your air conditioner to work a lot harder. You can remind the kids to close the door behind them 100 times, but it will probably still happen! To keep your energy bill from soaring through the roof despite kids being kids, practice these habits.
Close Curtains and Blinds
Hot sunshine streaming through windows can make your AC work hard to cool those rooms, so keep curtains and blinds closed during peak sunny hours.
Turn Fans On
Ceiling fans circulate the cool air that’s already in the home. Make sure fan blades are moving counterclockwise to create a cool breeze. And in the evenings when it gets cool enough to turn the AC off and open windows, open windows and turn on a fan. Not using the air conditioning for just a few hours at night can lower your bills.
Add Shade Around Your House
By adding a few bushes or trees near windows of your home where the sun shines in, you can keep rooms much cooler. If you have a back patio area that lets the strong sun into your kitchen, consider having it covered or adding a simple awning. You’ll notice a big difference in how cool the room gets.
Spend Time in the Basement
It’s always cooler underground, so instead of cranking up the air conditioning upstairs, head down to the basement. Watch movies, play ping pong, build forts or play board games.
Stay on Top of Summer HVAC Maintenance
The best way to keep your home cool this summer is to make sure your AC is running as efficiently as possible. Call One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning and we will check and clean your entire system to make sure everything is in tip top shape.
Enjoy your summer with the kids. Call One Hour in Bel Air if you have any air conditioning problems!