It may not feel like it now, but pretty soon, Calgary will be experiencing the blissful heat of summer. In other words, air conditioning season is right around the corner. From now until the summer really starts to heat up, the temperature in your house might start to feel a little extreme. The days might seem balmy and humid while the nights tend to cool right down. In order to prevent your air conditioner from draining your bank account this summer, follow these handy tips.
Install Ceiling Fans
What many people don’t know about ceiling fans is that they are useful in both warm and cold temperatures. Setting your ceiling fan counterclockwise in the summer will blow the hot air above your head, while setting it clockwise will circulate the trapped heat from the ceiling back into the room. Running your ceiling fans with the appropriate settings will significantly increase or decrease the temperature by a few degrees, so it’s well worth the investment.
Keep Blinds and Windows Closed
During the summer, south-facing windows receive hours of intense sunlight, and therefore heat. The sun is at its strongest when it’s passing along your southern windows, so it might be a good idea to shut the light out completely with blinds. Fasten your windows to prevent the heat getting in so that your a/c doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the set temperature.
Wearing proper clothing may seem obvious, but many of us are guilty of cranking up the heat when we’re cold instead of just throwing on a sweater. Our bodies fluctuate in temperature throughout the day depending on our activity, so it’s no surprise that we sometimes suddenly feel hot or cold. Rather than turn up the heat or blast the AC, keep your unit at a comfortable temperature and dress accordingly.
Make Sure Your Unit is Running Smoothly
Of course, all your efforts won’t save you money if your air conditioning unit isn’t running efficiently. Regular maintenance of your unit will generally ensure your a/c won’t break down in a Calgary heat wave. Contact ClearView Plumbing and Heating today to schedule an a/c tune-up.