We may be missing the winter chill sooner than we think.
Philadelphia-area summers can be pretty hot and humid. It’s not unusual for the thermometer to hover in the upper 90s during the steamiest time of year.
That heat and humidity can take a toll on your air conditioner. Giannone can inspect it, tune it up and replace it as needed, of course, but there are some steps you can take on your own to reduce summer utility bills and increase the lifespan of your AC.
- Draw the drapes or blinds. This can reduce your power bill by nearly 10 percent in the summer. It’s a simple concept: Don’t let the sunshine in and your home will stay cooler. Focus on southern- and western-facing windows.
- Run your ceiling fan counter-clockwise. Many people don’t realize there’s a switch on most fans to reverse its direction in summer. It spins faster and moves more air around.
- Get a programmable thermostat. Giannone can install one for you. This allows you to program your AC to a higher temperature at night or during the day when you are away from the house. It can be scheduled, for instance, to begin cooling 30 minutes before you arrive home.
- Make sure your windows and doors are well-sealed. This will prevent the escape of conditioned air. A little caulk can work wonders even in the summer.
- Close off unused rooms in your home. This will ensure that the air you are paying to cool will be present only in occupied rooms and not in the spare bedroom or empty bonus room.
- Keep your cool. Instead of turning down the AC, regulate your body temperature with sensible clothing and sip iced drinks.