Want to keep your home cool without forcing your air conditioner to work even harder? It’s actually easier than you thought! Check out these tips below to beat the summer heat.
Clean in and Around the AC Unit
A clean air conditioner is a happy and healthy air conditioner! Dust and debris, as small and imperceptible as they may be, can have terrible consequences on your AC unit, causing air filters to clog and the motor to overheat. Your annual AC maintenance should suffice in keeping your air conditioner clean and efficient, as our Polar Bear comfort consultants go above and beyond to provide a thorough cleaning. However, you should check on your outdoor unit more frequently to make sure things like fallen leaves and little critters are not cluttering the system.
Unblock and Vacuum Your Vents
Clear air vents are the key to keeping your whole home cool and comfortable when you’re using an energy-efficient central air conditioner. If they are blocked by furniture or decorations, the cold air will stay trapped inside the ductwork. Do a quick walk around the perimeter of each room in your house and check that all vents are unblocked. Then, take the hose of your vacuum and clean the vent, so any debris that’s sitting inside doesn’t end up circulating back into the rooms.
Keep Windows, Drapes, and Curtains Closed
Natural sunlight is a beautiful sight, but it’s also very hot. Leaving the windows open or uncovered invites sunlight and heat into your home, which makes your air conditioner work even harder. Make sure your windows are closed properly, so no outdoor air finds its way inside. Keeping your drapes and curtains closed helps as well.
Turn on Your Ceiling Fans
Here’s a cool trick you’ve probably never heard of before, but will help your home become a refreshing oasis during the height of the summer. Turn on your ceiling fans and adjust them to spin counterclockwise. When the fan is spinning counterclockwise, it creates a downdraft that pushes cool air towards the bottom of the room and creates a wind-chill breeze effect.
Fix Any Duct Leaks
Did you know that nearly 30 percent of treated air is lost to duct leaks? That’s a huge amount of energy you’re paying for, but not using. Even if you own the best, most efficient air conditioner on the market, it won’t be used to its full potential. Repairing duct leaks is not a DIY job for homeowners. Only a professional air conditioner technician should inspect, diagnose, and repair your air ducts. That’s where we come in! If you suspect you have duct leaks, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Use an Outdoor Kitchen
No matter how cool and comfortable your home is, turning on the oven or stove will quickly heat up your home. Still, you can’t go without cooking — that’s a basic necessity! How about designing and building an outdoor kitchen with the help of an Appliance Doctors technician instead? Not only do you get to keep your home cool by cooking outdoors, but you’ll also have the best entertainment venue and be the envy of your whole neighborhood!
Turn Up Thermostat a Few Notches
There’s no denying that summers can get quite hot and sticky in the Cayman Islands, making your air conditioner a necessity. But if you employ all the tips we have mentioned so far, you should be able to turn up the thermostat just a few notches while keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. This will help you save a lot on your future energy bills!
One final tip. If you’re really dedicated to keeping your home cool on a budget, the best thing you can do for your air conditioner is to call the Cayman Islands’ leading AC experts for an annual service. Don’t forget! These tips are supposed to enhance your air conditioner’s efficiency, not make up for it.
If you’re interested in learning more or you’d like to join the Polar Bear team, don’t wait any longer to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!