Cool It Down: Tips For Cooling Your Home Efficiently

Article Posted By: Home Depot Staff

Summer is coming on quickly and it just keeps getting hotter! I figured this would be a great time to share some tips for keeping your air conditioners working smoothly and keeping your energy costs down as well.

Here are five tips to get you started:

  • Clean or replace your furnace filter monthly or at least as frequently as the manufacturer recommends. A clean filter helps to reduce the work of the motor, lengthening its life and reduces ambient dust in your home making it healthier as well.
  • Close those drapes and draw the blinds to block out the heat from the sun.
  • Call in the pros for scheduled maintenance. For instance, the blower system and heat exchanger should be cleaned annually to keep your system running efficiently.
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees for cooling (68 degrees for heating in the winter months). Even better, install a programmable thermostat to handle the settings for you. (Check out how easy they are to install)
  • If you are using or buying a window air-conditioner, make sure it is the right size for the room or area that you are trying to cool. Bigger isn’t always better in this case.

If you are looking for a new or replacement air-conditioner, here are some questions to consider:

  • Where and how the air conditioner will be installed or used?
  • How large is the room where you plan to install your new unit?
  • What special feature options are most beneficial to you?
  • Will you be installing your new air conditioner by yourself or will you have help?

This guide has some great information and guidance for figuring out which air-conditioner is right for you.

Stay cool friends!

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