Austin is going through a bout of extremely high temperatures, and you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to make cooling your house as efficient as possible. The number one action you can take right now is to set your thermostat to 78˚or higher. As outlined in this TXU Energy Summer Weather Tips, raising your thermostat one degree can save you 8% in air conditioning energy costs. Raising your thermostat also puts less of a burden on your AC system, which means there is less of a risk that something will go wrong when you need your AC the most.
To make yourself feel a bit more comfortable, run ceiling fans in the rooms where you spend most of your time. Ceiling fans are not really doing anything to reduce the temperature, but the movement of air against your skin makes you feel like it is cooler. (Fans are only helpful if you are in the room, so turn off fans in unoccupied spaces).
You also want to make sure you are giving your AC system the care and maintenance it needs. In months of heavy use, make sure you change your filter once a month, as clogged filters restrict airflow, which is bad for the system and could cause it to freeze up.
Other simple efforts you can make around the house include:
- Keep the house sealed up. Don’t let the kids leave doors hanging open, as cool air is escaping.
- Don’t turn on the oven. Heating your kitchen is just making your AC work harder. Utilize your toaster oven for small items that need to be cooked or heated up.
- Keep your refrigerator closed as much as possible. The harder the refrigerator works, the hotter it makes your kitchen.
- Keeps your blinds and curtains closed. Blocking out the sun and heat makes your AC more efficient.
All of these are going to help keep your home cool while protecting against unwanted repair issues and high energy bills. If you do experience an issue with your AC, our technicians are available 24×7 to help.